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"Oh, kill them all, pretty forgemaster. They'll thank you for it. And they'll thank you for turning them into instruments of revenge against the human race. Go and save my old neighbors and take your reward. It would please a tired old colleague in your art, and it would be justice. There are worse things in the world than vampires in Styria, Isaac. There are worse things... than betrayal."
Miranda

Worse Things Than Betrayal is the seventh episode of the third season, and the 19th episode overall, of Netflix's original series, Castlevania.

Synopsis[]

As Saint Germain makes unsettling discoveries, Isaac marches toward a showdown. Meanwhile, Belmont and Sypha question a monk – aggressively.

Plot[]

Forest nearby Dracula's Castle[]

Sumi and Taka are tired from staying up late exploring the castle; their curiosity leads them to explore the engine that moved it. With Alucard accompanying them, they head toward the Belmont Hold, the final repository of a family who learned to do one thing: kill monsters. Alucard makes it clear that the duo must first start small. They must learn everything and, as such, equipping a new generation of monster hunters.

Lindenfeld[]

The Judge spots Saint Germain's walks and inquiries about his drinking mates, Trevor and Sypha. However, the aristocrat quickly dismisses him with some witty remark about toilet paper.

Saint Germain is back at the church, where he finds an unusual book. The author filled it with countless pictures of monsters, but what catches Saint Germain's attention are the missing sections. He questions Sala about the torn pages; however, the monk dismisses this for the book getting damaged throughout the years. Saint Germain retorts that someone or something removed the section within the last few months, as the soot on the edges is still loose.

The missing section involves methods and processes for returning people from Hell. However, Sala dismisses the aristocrat's suspicions with a witty remark about toilet paper. Saint Germain overlooks Sala's ignorance and points out that the book was written by a forgemaster some 200 years ago - an insane forgemaster who didn't practice in the usual way. However, Sala is more interested if the book mentions Dracula, which it doesn't.

The monks continue to carve ominous symbols around town. Trevor walks up to them and swiftly overwhelms them. He grabs one of them and drags him to the Judge's house.

Meanwhile, the Judge looks quite disturbed and cleaning his hands profusely. Trevor and Sypha walk in and drop the captured monk on the floor. Sypha believes that the monks are planning something magical in nature.

At the church, Saint Germain once again heads toward the basement. He hears strange sounds and sees a blinding light, but most weird of all is a night creature impaled to the walls.

Two weeks march from Styria[]

Isaac and his army of night creatures arrive to an abandoned town. However, it isn't as deserted as he thought. A blind woman is sitting on a rocking chair, having a smoke. She greets Isaac, and due to his smell, deciphers that he is a forgemaster. She warns Isaac that he won't find fresh bodies to kill and forge there.

The blind woman explains that once upon a time, the village was overflowing with people. The town's lack of people has to do with outside powers. She reveals that a nearby city –or rather a prison– is more suitable for Isaac's needs. The town is run by a magician, who wants it to be populated with slaves. The older woman, which Isaac has smelled to be a fellow forgemaster, let this magician take her neighbors, shocking Isaac. A purple and menacing light starts emanating out of the older woman, warning Isaac of her power. She didn't help the townsfolk as she wasn't powerful enough to defeat him.

The woman introduces herself as Miranda, and also reveals an interesting tidbit; the magician has a transmission mirror, one that can transmit many people at once. Isaac can have his army and a way to get to Hector much faster than he anticipated.

Cast[]

Quotes[]

Judge: I'm told you were drinking with Belnades and Belmont yesterday.
Saint Germain: I am extremely famous and they wanted to meet someone who'd seen toilet paper.
Judge: What the *** is toiler paper?
Saint Germain: It's Chinese. Good morning Judge.
Judge: (scoffs) Toilet paper.

(Crows fly overhead above the wooden cottages in Lindenfeld. Two monks turn around next to one. An unhooded man with scars across his face pulls out a dagger to carve another symbol. From under a roof behind them, a skeptical Sypha and Trevor eye the monks. Trevor was about to open his mouth.)

Sypha: Watch. (The unhooded man finishes the symbol.) Got them.
Trevor: Now what?
Sypha: I suppose we question them.
Trevor: We only need one of them for that. And we don't need the alarm raised in the priory.
Sypha: Do you have a suggestion?
Trevor: (slyly smiles) Let me take care of it.
Trevor: I've felt bloody useless ever since all of this became about magic and weird symbology.
Sypha: (crosses her arms) Are you sure?
Trevor: Yeah.

(He starts to approaches them while Sypha raises her fists to encourage him before she runs off.)

Trevor: (confidently) I'm a simple man with simple pleasures.

(The hooded black-haired monk notices his presence. Trevor grunts and quickly punches him in the throat. The unhooded monk draws his dagger before slashing at Trevor. The latter effortlessly dodges his attacks. He steps toward a barrel and kicks it at the unhooded monk. He stubs his knee, but he continues to slash his dagger at Trevor a few more times. The amused Belmont ducks again and punches the unhooded monk in the cheek, knocking him against the wall. The hooded black-haired monk rips off his sleeves and drops down his cowl. He gets up and along with unhooded monk, he corners Trevor who proceeds to crack his knuckles. He removes his cloak. The unhooded monk growls and raises both his fist and dagger.)

Trevor: (proudly) Oh, I do like meeting a professional killer. And that grip gives it away every time.

(The fight continues with Trevor throwing hands and kicking the aggressive monks cornering him. The unhooded monk continues slashing his dagger at him furiously. Trevor steps back toward the barrel with his fists out in front of his fist. He grabs his cloak and drapes it over the black-haired monk. He steps on it and launches the trapped monk's own body toward the unhooded monk. They collide into each other, knocking them to the ground. The black-haired monk stands up, but Trevor quickly runs over and punches him. He covers the unhooded monk's mouth and gives his face a hard punch, forcing him back on the ground. Trevor delivers two more swift kicks to the black-haired monk, knocking him down as well. The amused Belmont chuckles.)

Trevor: Hmm?

(He notices both monks groaning. He jumps on the unhooded monk's chest and chuckles again. He throws the black-haired monk into the barrel, but struggles to get his leg to fit. He winds up breaking it in the attempt.)

Trevor: Hmm. (He sticks the leg in, grabs his cloak, and hoists the unhooded monk's body onto his back. He covers him with his own hood and proceeds to carry him away of the area. Meanwhile, the Judge enters his study and wipes his hands. He is breathing heavily and anxiously as if he is ill.)
Judge: Uh. (He looks out the window and hears the sound of hinges squeaking. He takes another breath just as Trevor and Sypha enter the room with the unhooded monk the former had captured.) What's this?

(Trevor throws his body to the floor and Sypha closes the doors.)

Trevor: (smiling) I've found your vandal.
Judge: (looks at him.) He's a very naughty monk.
Trevor: We caught him carving a symbol into the side of a home. The one we saw at the front gates.
Sypha: The one seen in a few places around the village. One with a troubling set of meanings.
Trevor: (to the captured monk) Tell the Judge what the symbol means.
Captured Monk: (grunts) **** you to death. (The Judge kicks him in the head.) Ohhh!
Judge: Keep a civil **** tongue in your head when you're addressing me, monk.
Captured Monk: (grunts) I'm telling you nothing. You can't keep me here. You can't do a thing.
Trevor: (steps on his head.) We could just kill you.
Captured Monk: (to Sypha) I can't believe I tried to be nice to you. (Sypha casually sighs.)
Sypha: The symbol has a set of meanings that, taken together, mean death and transformation.
Sypha: They're planning something magical in nature.
Judge: And you think this is a plan? (sternly walks toward the table.) Sala and his people are intending to take some kind of action against the town?
Sypha: I'm certain of it.
Judge: Well, tell me exactly what action.
Sypha: I do not exactly know.
Trevor: (eyeing the monk.) But he does.
Sypha: And Saint Germain is inside the priory. He shared our suspicions last night.

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