Castlevania season 4, episode 7 recap – “The Great Work”

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: May 13, 2021 (Last updated: January 16, 2023)
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Castlevania season 4, episode 7 recap - "The Great Work"


“The Great Work” finally gives Belmont and Sypha a glimpse of the royal court, and it’s… not exactly what they expected.

This recap of Castlevania season 4, episode 7, “The Great Work”, contains spoilers.

There’s trouble in paradise in “The Great Work”, which opens with Varney and Ratko determining the location of the royal court thanks to the tracking stone they placed on Zamfir a couple of episodes back. With their mission almost complete, Ratko decides he’s had enough of Varney and goes on a demented rant for at least a couple of minutes about how much of a terrifying and competent soldier he is. I couldn’t help but laugh, not because it’s badly written (it’s actually pretty well written, all things considered) but because Varney just can’t seem to catch a break from anyone, can he?

Naturally, Belmont and Sypha insist on seeing the royal court at that very moment, so it seems like we’re on something of a collision course.

Meanwhile, Count Saint Germain is up to no good in Alucard’s castle, dotting sigils all over the place, consulting his annoying kite-shaped notebook, and radioing — or, I guess, mirroring — his buddies that he has found the location. And just as Alucard was getting used to the sound of children laughing on his property!

The royal court turns out not to be as grand as advertised in Castlevania season 4, episode 7. It’s full of neglected citizens being starved to death to preserve the rotting skeletons of a king and queen who Zamfir, who turns out to be quite mad, is convinced will one day awaken to save them all. Malnourished, dehydrated citizens die slowly next to pools of useless holy water. This, claims Zamfir, is “The Great Work”. She struggles mightily to accept that she failed; that the royal family is dead and that the court needs to be abandoned for the good of its people. Luckily, Ratko bursts inside to make the point clear. The armies are coming.

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