People are taking notice of Adi Shankar's Castlevania series on Netflix, and it's not only for its eye-pleasing gore and its slick anime art style. Check out the background in this shot from a Castlevania for an awesome Game Of Thrones reference that a fan happened to spot:
If you look at the second sword from the left, you'll recognize it to be none other than the Valyrian sword Longclaw used by Jon Snow in Game Of Thrones. The undeniable telltale mark is that direwolf-shaped pummell, which Jeor Mormont affixed to it when he gave the sword to Snow, having replaced the bear head that was there. Does this mean the world of Castlevania and Westeros collide somewhere down the line?
That's likely 100% not the case, given all the legality involved, but it's definitely cool to imagine the world of Wallachia was built upon the ruins of Westeros after whatever happens during that upcoming great war they're having. One has to wonder, if Trevor Belmont were to use Longclaw, would the Valyrian steel cut through hell's demons without putting salt on the blade? It works on white walkers, so why not Dracula's minions? Then again, Belmont is more of a whip and other-sword kind of guy, so maybe he's better served with his own consecrated weapons than any rare metals of Valyria. Unfortunately, the Redditor who picked up on this easter egg didn't have any lengthy and heavily cited arguments for either side.
The nod to Game Of Thrones makes sense, as Castlevania's showrunner and executive producer Adi Shankar has mentioned in interviews that the animated series has a vibe reminiscent to the Seven Kingdoms. For instance, Trevor Belmont is donning some fur when fans first see him, which is a look similar to the uniforms of the Night's Watch. Considering that outfit wasn't in the character's artwork for the NES game Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, it seems plausible some visual influence came from the HBO series as well. With Season 2 of Castlevania already confirmed, fans will likely keep a more watchful eye out for additional references, should they appear.
Castlevania Season 1 is currently airing on Netflix, and Game Of Thrones is set to return for Season 7 this Sunday, July 16th at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. Fans who can't bear waiting six more days for the premiere should check out our reasoning why Cersei, Jon, or Dany will win the great war. Those more interested in Castlevania will be interested in learning Adi Shankar just signed on for another new anime series based on another great video game! For more information regarding summer programming and when it's premiering, visit our summer premiere guide.