Netflix just released the long-awaited second season of Castlevania, one which we praised in our review for its nuanced portrayal of Dracula and other vampire characters.
Warning: this article contains spoilers for Castlevania Season 2!
In a recent interview with showrunner Adi Shankar, he made it clear that one of the series’ main goals has been to paint Dracula not as a villain, but a tragic, doomed figure. “The best villains, in general, are the heroes of their own story and the trick to making Castlevania resonate was this idea that Dracula isn’t a bad guy, he isn’t a villain, he’s just a person consumed with darkness,” Shankar told us. “That first episode in Season 1 we start to see why he wants to eradicate humans. He’s not just this mustache-curling, one-dimensional villain. What Dracula is doing is not really a war against humanity. It’s more a suicide note.”