BBC’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire tale Dracula was a frightening start to what could become a terrifying season. Its three movie-length episodes were a fresh spin on a story that has been told innumerable times since the original story was printed in 1897, and Claes Bang’s version of the Transylvanian count justly brought the character to life.
Even though Dracula was believed to be a miniseries, the positive reception the show received could be cause to renew the series for another season. Although there are no concrete a Season 2 is in development, there might be enough interest amongst its founders to convince BBC and also Netflix to continue the series.
By all accounts, the show seemed to have been supposed to be a standalone story, adapting all the major strokes of the original Stoker novel while subverting and modernizing the familiar tropes. The series also had a pretty conclusive finish with Dracula finally finding eternal peace, dying in the arms of this descendant of his long-time nemesis Van Helsing after drinking her cancerous blood.
However, this has not stopped fans from speculating on a sequel series. In fact, people involved with the creation also have expressed interest in carrying out the story. Creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat teased that they had thoughts on how Dracula (and Van Helsing) can return, highlighting that the show is “about revival.” Gatiss also expressed interest in reprising his role as Dracula’s attorney lackey, Renfield.
Dracula celebrity Claes Bang also chimed in, stating that while the fate of this show is finally up to BBC One and Netflix, he’d really like to perform”a more” series which”[the show] was one of the best items I’ve ever been on.”
If the series does return for one more show, subsequently Dracula would continue to wreak havoc in our modern times, with his associate Frank Renfield engaging in Wolfram & Hart-Esque shenanigans to keep his supernatural client happy. If the series also resurrected Zoe Van Helsing, then there are a good possibility that she and her partners at The Jonathan Harker Institute would continue their struggle against the Prince of Darkness.
Then again, given the show’s subversions on the lore of Dracula along with the titular vampire’s personal revelations at the end of Episode 3, the Dracula who yields for Season 2 may not be the monster we’ve come to know and dread.
Executive produced by Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat, Sue Vertue, and Ben Irving, Dracula celebrities John Heffernan, Dolly Wells, Joanna Scanlan, Sacha Dhawan, Jonathan Aris, Morfydd Clark, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Claes Bang as Count Dracula. The miniseries, debuted on BBC One on Jan. 1 and can now be streamed on Netflix.