Halloween has come early. For its fans there has been a long wait for Castlevania season 2. After much hype, and a little anxiety, the first season proved to be excellent,  but with just 4 short episodes it was over before it began. The second season improves on this, containing 8 episodes – making it twice the length of the first series. Does the second series live up to the promise of the first, though? Initial reviews seem to think so! IGN have published a glowing review of Castlevania season 2, calling it ‘the new gold standard’ for video game adaptations. The series is also praised for ’emphasizing character growth over mindless action’; something Trevor fans will be pleased to here, and a definite rarity in video game adaptations. The high-standard is perhaps largely due to veteran comic book writer Warren Ellis still penning the series.

The release of Castlevania season 2 brings our Castlevania series to a close, but if you’d like to know more about Vampire fiction, including Bram Stoker’s Dracula, then be sure to check out this SFFN article from writer Valerie Willis on that very subject. If its watching Castlevania season 2 that has brought you here and you’d like to learn a little more about the series its based on here’s some handy links to our recent Castlevania content-fest. We’ve taken looks at some of the most popular entries in the franchise; Dawn of Sorrow on the original DS and two classic entries, Symphony of the Night and Rondo of Blood when the pair received a surprise PS4 re-release. At the other end of the scale there are also overviews of some of the overlooked entries in the series, including Circle of the Moon on the Gameboy Advance and Mirror of Fate on the Nintendo 3DS. Finally here are some quick looks at the N64 era of 3D Castlevania games, and the way the series’ lore was expanded in the 3D Playstation entries.