Castlevania: Saving [SPOILER] Proves That Horror Doesn't Have To Remain Bleak
Nicholas Brooks
Alucard, Sypha and Trevor from Castlevania
Alucard, Sypha and Trevor from Castlevania
WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Castlevania Season 4, available now on Netflix.
Most horror stories, especially ones with gothic themes like Castlevania, often conclude with a tragedy of some sort. In the first season, Vlad Tepes' end and rebirth as Dracula is born through the tragic death of his wife, Lisa. However, the series finale of Castlevania proves that not all horror stories need to end with a tragedy or bleak outlook by sparing a main character's life.
In the final battle, Saint Germain and Death try to revive Dracula. Thankfully, these plans are thwarted by Alucard, Sypha Belnades and Trevor Belmont. However, as the heroes collect themselves, Death emerges, more powerful and deadlier than ever, ready to take as many lives needed to satisfy his hunger. Knowing he could die, Trevor faces the literal embodiment of death for a final battle.
In his final moments, Trevor uses his resourcefulness to send Death back from where he came from, seemingly dying in the process. His death hits everyone hard, especially Sypha, who is carrying their child, but following two weeks of mourning, she finally gathers the strength to start life anew until a cloaked figure rides up to her and Alucard.
Collapsing before them, the man under the cloak is none other than Trevor, alive and very injured. According to Trevor, the reason he didn't die had to do with Saint Germain's last act of redemption before his demise, sending him somewhere safe just as he landed the final blow to Death. With Trevor's return, Castlevania fundamentally alters the status quo for most horror properties.
The heroic sacrifice trope is a common act found in a lot of action and even horror titles. The moment is typically saved for a climactic end following a big fight where the main hero gives their life to ensure the lives of loved ones. Castlevania follows this trope to the letter and even sets it up in earlier episodes.
With each fight that Trevor is in, he moves more sloppily and seems visibly exhausted more often than not. He also gains wounds he would never have taken in earlier seasons, like slices from Ratko during their fight in Targoviste. The final nail in his metaphorical coffin comes with the confirmation of Sypha's pregnancy. With the Belmont bloodline secured, there should be no narrative reason for Trevor's survival.
However, his return at the end of the series proves that not all tropes are set in stone. Trevor's survival proves that even the saddest and scariest stories deserve a happy ending. It also gives a finality to the series by showing the sun rising in a hopeful world where the future is in reach. Hopefully, Castlevania's conclusion and Trevor's survival will serve as an example to similar horror properties to break the mold of what is expected from the genre.
Castlevania stars Richard Armitage as Trevor Belmont, Alejandra Reynoso as Sypha Belnades, James Callis as Alucard, Theo James as Hector, Adetokumboh M'Cormack as Isaac, Jaime Murray as Carmilla, Jessica Brown Findlay as Lenore, Bill Nighy as St. Germain, Jason Isaacs as The Judge and Rila Fukushima as Sumi. The entire series is available now on Netflix.