What the Final Scene of 'Castlevania' Season 4 Means for the Show's Future

This won't be the end of 'Castlevania' on Netflix.


This article contains spoilers for Castlevania Season 4. 

Though the show killed off Vlad Dracula Tepes at the end of its second season, the specter of Castlevania‘s ancient vampire loomed large for two more, despite barely appearing in them at all. Dracula was decidedly absent for more than half of Netflix’s “Dracula anime,” and yet the show never forgot what the driving force behind it all was in the first place: the most powerful vampire in the world falling in love, and then having that love stolen from him.

In its final season, Castlevania takes a lot of wheel-spinning and philosophical chatting to get where it needs to go, bringing nearly all of its many characters together for one final showdown against their most dangerous foe yet, and Dracula and Lisa Tepes are only involved in all of that in a rudimentary sense. It’s fitting, then, that the two of them get to close out the show’s final scene, with a sneaky Bram Stoker reference and an open-ended answer to the question: Is this the end of Castlevania

Following the reveal that the Dickensian vampire Varney and the mysterious alchemist Saint Germain met in the Escher library were both disguises of Death himself all along, and after Saint Germain’s hermaphroditic homunculus containing the trapped souls of Dracula and Lisa taken all the way from Hell itself was severed in half, and after Trevor Belmont had used every weapon in his arsenal to fight off Death’s giant Godzilla-sized final form, winning the war and saving Wallachia and the rest of the world from certain doom-we’re treated to an epilogue of sorts, where two weary travelers find themselves a room at an inn on a rainy night. Those two travelers are, of course, Dracula and Lisa Tepes, newly alive once again (or rather, alive in one’s case and undead in the other’s), with no memory of how exactly that happened. Presumably, after Saint Germain’s creation was destroyed and Death was killed, Dracula and Lisa’s souls were freed into the world, generating bodies for themselves and plopping down in Eastern Europe. 

When the two settle in for the night, they have a conversation about the mystery of their newfound lives, the gift of their resurrection, and what comes next. Dracula says he might want to leave Wallachia in the dust altogether, thinking about posting up in England somewhere. “White-ly, Whitby, something like that,” he says, in an otherwise throwaway line that ought to set off a bell or two in the heads of any Dracula die-hards.

Whitby Abbey, a towering gothic ruin in North Yorkshire situated above the small town of Whitby, served as a source of inspiration for Bram Stoker, who drew on the atmospheric location and the look of the ruins for a book about a vampire he was working on at the time. In Dracula, the vampire, in the form of a large dog, runs up the famous 199 steps to the graveyard of St. Mary’s Church, which sits in the shadow of the abbey’s ruins. If you look at pictures of the abbey, you’ll know exactly how someone could see it and immediately think of vampires. 

Does this mean that Castlevania is doing a straight-up Dracula story next? Probably not, but the show will continue in some form after its final season. Deadline announced in April 2021 that Netflix was looking to do a similar show set in the same world with all new characters, but it wouldn’t necessarily be a Castlevania spinoff, whatever that means. “Set in the same universe” could really mean anything-we could be getting more of a globetrotting vampire tale next, rather than spending a whole series in one place (Season 3’s Japanese vampire subplot showed a lot of promise), or it could have nothing to do with vampires at all, perhaps instead focusing on the Forgemasters and alchemists of this world and maybe sending some of them through the Infinite Corridor.

Castlevania spent most of its runtime building a fully fleshed-out world that got more complex with every season, so it’s only fitting that that world would continue to live on in some form. Let’s just give poor Trevor and his buddies a break for a while. 

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Emma Stefansky is a staff entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @stefabsky.


Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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