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Castlevania season 4: release date prediction, cast, and what we know

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Castlevania is probably the best screen adaptation of a game ever, and one of the best Netflix shows to date. With gorgeously-animated action scenes, as well as sharp dialogue and characterization from writer and show creator Warren Ellis, we now know season 4 is official. 

The show remains popular - on season 3's launch day, it was top 5, as star Richard Armitage shared on Twitter - so it's not a surprise that Netflix confirmed the show was picked up again on March 27, 2020.

Season 3 leaves plenty to be picked up next year – even if the show ended on a pretty unhappy note for everyone, particularly Trevor Belmont and Hector. Below, here's everything we know about Castlevania season 4 so far, including its return on Netflix, what producers have said about the future of the show, and where we think the story will take us next. 

Castlevania season 4 release date: 2021?

Why must we wait for so long between seasons of animated shows? Netflix's fast renewals may be down to them requiring a long lead time for production purposes, but each successive season of Castlevania has also been longer than the last.

That meant there was a 15-month gap between seasons 1 and 2, and 16 after that. Following that pattern, we should hopefully get season 4 in late 2021. That said, executive producer Adi Shankar is working on a TV adaptation of Devil May Cry (via IGN), but other projects may distract the team, too.

It won't necessarily slow down production of season 4, but in an interview with Collider, writer Warren Ellis explained he's currently working with Castlevania's executive producer Kevin Kolde on a Netflix animated series called Heaven's Forest. Ellis calls it a "cultural remix of the Ramayana". 

While Castlevania will return, then, it seems likely this other project will come first. Netflix ordered eight episodes of Heaven's Forest back in October 2019. 

Castlevania season 4: what the producers have said about it

In an interview with Collider, writer Warren Ellis and executive producer Kevin Kolde were asked about the future of the show. "I'm not sure where we can go, to be honest with you, in terms of our answer," Kolde says. "At the end of Season 3, [the story is] at a very different place than you think it’s going to be. Season 3 sort of starts with new hope, new beginning, and you think everything's going to be great and happy, and then Warren pulls the rug out from under you, and it goes to shit. So look, there's definitely unfinished business and unfinished stories that I think we could easily [continue.]"

It's clear from the finale that there are more stories to be told with these characters. 

Ellis added his thoughts on the show's status quo at the end of season 3. "Yeah, it doesn't necessarily end happily, but it feels kind of truthful to the situation that was instigated at the top of season one. These things have happened in the world, they don't go away. There is no reset. It's not like everyone is going to forget about vampires, night creatures, and magic. And these things are now off the leash and reveling to some extent, in the chaos."

Castlevania season 4 story: what will happen next? 

Castlevania: Season 3

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Castlevania season 3 ends fairly miserably for most of the central cast, with a few threads left to be picked up for season 4 (spoilers obviously ahead). 

In the final moments of episode 10, Alucard retreats into his castle, much like "dear old dad" Dracula, leaving the dead bodies of friends-turned-betrayers Taka and Sumi outside to ward off visitors – with an uneasy sense that this ally may be pushed down a darker path than we hoped.

Trevor and Sypha manage to close the Infinite Corridor, and prevent Dracula (Adrian Tepes) from returning to Earth, and even help character Count St Germain enter the portal to search for his long-lost... person of interest. But with a burned-down village and some monstrous secrets behind them, Trevor and Sypha are far from their happy selves we saw at the start of the season.

Hector, meanwhile, is enslaved by Lenore – he's now her "pet", as she puts it. The finale makes it clear that any night creatures made by Hector will obey him, and therefore Carmilla's court, giving them a lot of power going forwards. It's a very dark ending for the character, without much sense of an easy escape from the situation.

Fellow forgemaster Isaac's arc ends on a more positive note, with hope for his future and a small hint that his aims may have changed from destruction of the human race to something more redemptive, or constructive – even if he's going to be using an undead army and spilling a lot of blood along the way.

All of this should play into Castlevania season 4, now that the show has been renewed.