Dracula’s well-received second episode ended with a game-changing twist that saw Claes Bang’s Count transported to the modern day, but it seems the BBC drama’s 21st century finale didn’t click with viewers.
Going by responses on Twitter, it seems many missed the show’s period trappings and were unconvinced by the sudden relocation to contemporary England.
All most people wanted from Ep 3 of #dracula was a game of cat and mouse between Agatha and Dracula, some tension, drama and action and ending with Agatha destroying him in an epic final scence.— MaskedEnigma (@MaskedEnigma1) January 3, 2020
But we have this 21st century crap instead
The concluding episode of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’s series saw Dracula pursue Lucy Westenra (Lydia West) and engage in a final confrontation with his foe Zoe/Agatha Van Helsing (Dolly Wells) – and managed to fit in a cameo for Gatiss as lawyer Renfield.
Though many weren’t happy with the show’s climax, the concluding episode – titled The Dark Compass – did have its staunch supporters.
How can anyone not love this #Dracula? It works precisely *because* it takes such liberties with the source material. The modern scenes are as gothic as any of those set in crumbling castles. Agatha is brilliant in any guise. Lucy is just perfect. It is all PERFECT 🖤 pic.twitter.com/DvygBp0tn4— Violet Fenn (@violetfenn) January 3, 2020
It’s currently unclear if Dracula will return for a second series, with the first ending with the deaths of both Agatha and Dracula himself.
However, Gatiss has hinted that a continuation is possible, telling RadioTimes.com, “It’s very hard to kill a vampire. What they do is resurrect.”
All three episodes are now available to watch on BBC iPlayer in the UK and Netflix internationally.