Fans can anticipate that the anime series’ most crucial villain, Vicious, will be returning to hunt down Spike and endanger the other crew members on the Bebop, thanks to the news that Alex Hassel was cast in the part, per Deadline.
In the original 26 episode anime version of “Cowboy Bebop,” Vicious was a representation of the dark specter of Spike’s troubled past. While the two only clashed periodically in the show, those confrontations led to some of the show’s most memorable moments, such as the cathedral shootout in Episode 5, “Ballad of Fallen Angels.” According to the show’s backstory, Vicious was formerly Spike’s partner when the bounty hunter worked for the Red Dragon crime syndicate, until the two fell into conflict over Julia, who set to be played by Elena Satine.
“Cowboy Bebop” fans should be glad to hear that this crucial character is being featured prominently in the new Netflix adaptation of the series, as it bodes well for the adaptation’s faithfulness to the source material. In many ways, Spike and Vicious are inverted reflections of one another, and their history is a critical element that drives one of the most important narratives throughout the story.