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Netflix's Castlevania is coming back, and it's bringing more gore

The very adult, very animated adaptation of Castlevania is back for a second series on Netflix, and this new trailer promises more of the distinctive art style and buckets of blood. Sam Deats is directing again, with cult writer Warren Ellis continuing his authorial duties. 

"We did not set the bar at 'good enough,'" says showrunner Adi Shankar. "We're here to create the greatest video game adaptation of all time."

Season 2 will bring eight episodes - double what we got for season 1 - and will follow the violent trials and tribulations of Trevor Belmont and Alucard as they take on Dracula. Fans of the first season will already know that the story is a loose retelling of the 1990 NES game, Castlevania 3: Dracula’s Curse.

The cast has also returned for the second series. Richard Armitage plays Belmont, The Hobbit's Graham McTavish is Dracula, and James Callis gives voice to Alucard. Writer Ellis also hinted in a tweet that the trailer features "unannounced actor's voice" so let us know if you figure out who it is. 

The second season will debut on October 26, so you'll obviously have to plan your viewing schedule around your Red Dead Redemption 2 breaks.

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Rachel Weber

Rachel Weber is the US Managing Editor of GamesRadar+ and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Rachel began working in games journalism in 2006, combing her love of video games with her passion for writing. Starting as a fresh-faced staff writer of Official PlayStation Magazine, she went on to cover the business side of the industry with GamesIndustry.biz, before joining Rolling Stone's ambitious - if short-lived - Glixel project in 2016. She returned to Future and joined GamesRadar+ in 2017, revitalizing the news coverage and building new processes and strategies for the US team.


Throughout her 15 years of experience, Rachel has interviewed celebrities about their gaming habits, chatted with PlayStation and Xbox bosses, written thousands of words of previews, reviews, and news, and appeared as an expert on BBC radio and TV. In the name of games journalism, she's also taken rap lessons, appeared on the streets of London as a zombie, tried her hand at sword-fighting, and taken part in more than one 24-hour gaming marathons. 


When she's not on duty for GamesRadar expect to see her hunting down the weirdest indie games on Steam, curling up with the latest horror novel, or binging the newest must-see crime documentary. You can find her at @therachelweber on Twitter.