This article contains Blood of Zeus spoilers.
Netflix has found a lot of success with their recent run of animated series and anime that are centered toward more mature audiences. Blood of Zeus mixes together Greek mythology with Shakespearean melodrama and stunning fight sequences. Powerhouse Animation has meticulously crafted this series that follows Heron, an outcast to Mount Olympus due to his complicated connection to Zeus. Heron immerses himself deeper into the world of Gods, all while a dangerous bid for power grows between God, human, and Demon over Zeus’ role in Olympus.
Blood of Zeus features remarkable action sequences and animation, plus nuanced storytelling that does its source material justice. Its first season tells a satisfying and complete story, but it also features some major twists and plants some seeds for what’s ahead in season two.
Does The War Between Gods And Giants End?
Early on in Blood of Zeus, the show explains the ancient relationship between Gods and Giants, and the demons that were formed as a result. This battle for domination between these forces becomes the focus of Blood of Zeus’ conclusion. A key tool in this war is a powerful cauldron that’s able to steal the energy of the Giants and turn them into pliant slaves. Hera’s plan is to control the Giants and broker a temporary alliance between them where if they help her kill Zeus so she can seize control then she will give them back their sea as a reward. Zeus does his best and gains help in combat from Poseidon, but it’s Heron who’s staffed to retrieve the cauldron and end this war. Zeus knows that Heron is born to handle this kind of responsibility. It’s not easy, but Heron is able to obtain the cauldron and pacify the Giants, which puts an end to their war, at least for the time being. The Gods already have enough to worry about among their own kind.
Is Seraphim Killed?
Seraphim’s seething rage against all Gods reaches its breaking point in the finale. His mission to acquire the powerful cauldron pits him against Hera, Alexia, and ultimately Heron. Seraphim tries to persuade Heron and speaks of how they can rule together, but he’s not interested in such things, especially when it comes at the cost of becoming a demon. Heron finishes Seraphim off in a grisly way that accentuates their fundamental differences. Heron then finally accesses his Godly powers and he ends the deed with a burst of electricity that would make Zeus proud.
Though Heron finishes off Seraphim, Blood of Zeus shows that this doesn’t mean that he’s out of the picture. An epilogue features Seraphim, as a spirit, in Hades and trapped in another brokerage of power with a dangerous force. The season ends with Seraphim as a deceased pawn of Hades, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the arrangement that Seraphim has entered into with him involves the restoration of his body under the right conditions. The rivalry between Seraphim and Heron only becomes stronger after they learn that they’re half-brothers and it’d be disappointing if this relationship doesn’t get more opportunities to fester and evolve.
The Fallout Between Zeus And Hera
Hera’s growing animosity towards Zeus due to his adulterous ways becomes one of the main driving forces of the season. Hera’s desire for revenge culminates with the two trying to kill each other in the season finale. The two reminisce over the glory days of when they first fell for each other, but Hera still can’t forgive Zeus for what he’s done. Hera proves to be the major antagonist of the season and her fate remains unknown even though Zeus sacrifices himself to save her. She’s presumed to be dead, but she’s just missing once the dust settles, which leaves plenty of room for a surprise attack in a hypothetical season two.
It’s a dark realization that if Hera and Zeus could have both swallowed their pride in various respects and worked together then they’d perhaps both still be alive. Of course, that would still leave plenty of arguments over who should be in charge of Mount Olympus.
Who Is The New King Of Mount Olympus?
Blood of Zeus ends with Heron and the rest of the Gods in Mount Olympus in a peaceful place, but very soon they’ll all have to address the power vacuum that’s been opened now that Zeus is dead. Heron has proven himself in some big ways, but with awakening his demigod powers and his ability to control the cauldron, but it still feels premature for him to rise into his father’s role. He’d also most certainly face resentment from many of the other Gods. Apollo, Heron’s brother, feels like a much more suitable answer, which still allows Heron close proximity to the ruler. Of course, with how season one plays out it’s also possible that Zeus has even more children that people don’t know about who will want to make a bid for power.
What’s Ahead For Season 2?
Blood of Zeus teases some major developments, so it’s fair to say that the creators have a second season in mind. The absence of Zeus and Hera (at least for the time being) will lead to major changes for both Heron and Mount Olympus as a whole. Heron may also try to continue to refine his demigod abilities so he feels more like the suitable replacement for Zeus that Mount Olympus needs. It’s also unclear if Heron’s actions with the cauldron mean that this is the end of the Giants or if they’ll continue to be a danger to the Gods.
The other major change that the end of season teases is Seraphim’s new relationship with Hades. It currently looks like Seraphim is on the losing side of this arrangement, but he’ll probably find a way to turn it around in his favor. Hades also makes allusions towards Seraphim’s ability to control his staff, which will also surely have greater significance in the future. Maybe Hades has always planned for Seraphim to end up in this place and positioned against Heron like this. A season two has yet to be confirmed by Netflix, but it will likely tackle all of this and a lot more.
The first season of Blood of Zeus is currently available to stream on Netflix.