Everything we love must eventually come to an end and Castlevania is no exception. Netflix’s adaptation of the popular video game franchise of the same name took viewers by storm when it released its first season in July of 2017. In four episodes, it stole the hearts of viewers with its witty humor, gritty action and unique art style. Every season after that continued to improve on the overall story, character design and action. So the question really is, how did the final season fair? Overall, it did have some flaws, but ultimately it was excellent.

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Castlevania‘s third season introduced new stories for our main heroes Trevor Belmont (Richard Armitage), Sypha Belnades (Alejandra Reynoso) and Alucard (James Callis), as well as bring in new characters and storylines to explore. Most importantly, we learned about Saint Germain (Bill Nighy) and the Infinite Corridor, as well as the idea that there are still people looking to bring Dracula (Graham McTavish) back from the dead. We had quite a few questions that needed to be answered in season four and they were. But that comes at the cost of having safe choices that felt a tad bit rushed. But outside of that, season four really packed a punch.

Its major focus is on our heroes going against a group of vampires looking to raise Dracula from the dead. The vampires have the help of Saint Germain, who has become overcome with the idea of using Dracula and Lisa Tepes (Emily Swallow) to create the perfect being. This being would allow him to travel anywhere within the Infinite Corridor to find his long-lost love. Trevor and Sypha find themselves exploring the remains of Targoviste and uncovering a hidden royal court. At the same time, Alucard joins forces with a local village to fight off the army of night creatures.

While each episode isn’t completely action-packed, we are definitely not left wanting. In fact, these fights were some of my most enjoyable. And after spending an entire season with the original three apart, it was beyond exhilarating to see them come back together for the final fight. And what a fight it was. I won’t lie that I paused the show after Trevor’s fight with Death (Malcolm McDowell) and walked away for a bit. And while normally, I would say bringing a character back from the dead cheapens the moment, I was happy to see Trevor alive and somewhat well.

Hector and Lenore discussing Carmilla in Castlevania season four.

Because the major focus was on the original three, I felt that Hector (Theo James), Isaac (Adetokum M’Cormack), Carmilla (Jaime Murray) and her vampire sisters got the short of the stick. This is one of the few flaws with the final season. Carmilla has grand plans to take over the world. Yet, she is taken out by Isaac just a few episodes in. Which essentially ends their storyline and her sisters’ completely. One of my favorite parts in season three was watching Striga (Ivana Milicevic), Morana (Yasmine Al Massri) and Lenore (Jessica Brown Findlay) and how their world was changing with Carmilla’s plan. Not to mention we saw a major focus on Hector and Isaac only to end with the two essentially shaking hands and forgiving each other.

While we were only informed that this would be the final season when its release date was announced, that doesn’t mean the team behind Castlevania didn’t know. The finale season feels like a wrap-up of all the major (and some minor) plot points within the series as a whole. Even those introduced early in the season are answered. By the time the credits roll on episode 10, our heroes’ lives are looking to be heading towards happiness and even Dracula and Lisa get a second chance at life once again. I couldn’t help but think that everything was tied nicely with a bow.

Aside from the safe choices and rushed ending for a few of the characters, Castlevania‘s fourth season is still worth watching. And rewatching. Like with every new season, the hype is still there. The thrill that comes with watching Trevor and Sypha fight side by side and Alucard taking out night creatures left and right. It also doesn’t lose any of its charms. We still have character growth and redemption arcs up until the end. It makes me even more hopeful that the rumors of a new series within the Castlevania universe is in the works. The final season is truly a beloved send-off to the series as a whole.

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Julia Roth
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