Hulu dropped the teaser trailer for Castle Rock Season 2 this week. While it obviously doesn’t tell us the whole story–it’s a teaser, after all–it did give us some exciting hints. So let’s talk about what happened last season and what we can expect next month.
Let’s Flashback to Castle Rock Season 1
Andre Holland and Bill Skarsgard in Castle Rock season 1, image via Dana Starbard/Hulu
First of all, unlike some shows based on Stephen King works, Castle Rock is an anthology series. While season 2 looks to be a completely different story from season 1, there may be some connections between the two. So let’s review season 1.
As you might know already, the bulk of the action in season 1 takes place in Castle Rock, Maine. Absurdly handsome Andre Holland, as lawyer Henry Deaver, returns to his titular hometown because of a mystery. It’s really more of a mystery prisoner, though, whom guards discover in a long-mothballed section of the Shawshank prison. Yes, that one. The mystery prisoner, played by the also ridiculously good-looking Bill Skarsgard, won’t speak except to say Henry’s name. Henry, meanwhile, is none too thrilled about returning home, since the town holds mostly bad memories for him. He went missing as a boy, during which his father died, and people kind of blamed him for it.
There are a lot of weird coincidences between Henry and the Kid, as the prisoner is initially known. For example, Henry went missing and was found 27 years ago, around the same time the Kid was imprisoned. Over the course of the season–I’m not going to spoil it for ya–Henry finds out the truth about what happened to him. He also maybe learns the truth about who the Kid really is. And somewhere in there, Sissy Spacek (!!!), as Henry’s mom Ruth, delivers a show-stopper of an episode that’s worth the price of admission alone. In a mid-credits scene in the finale, they tease a possible future path, as Jackie Torrance (Jane Levy), niece of The Shining‘s Jack Torrance, proposes a trip to the Overlook Hotel. However, that’s not where they’re going yet.
Hints about Castle Rock Season 2
Season 1, while not inspired by a specific Stephen King work, featured lots of little Easter eggs for King fans, like the aforementioned Jackie, and Spacek, Carrie herself. It also had at least one actual King character, Alan Pangborn, who’s been in both The Dark Half and Needful Things. Perhaps taking a cue from that, Castle Rock season 2 will focus on a character even casual King fans should know, Misery‘s Annie Wilkes.
This time, though, she’s not the older Annie we know. She’s a younger version, played by Lizzy Caplan, who would do anything to protect her daughter Joy (Elsie Fisher). That includes possibly getting involved in what the official description calls “a feud between warring clans.”
Along with Caplan and Fisher, Barkhad Abdi and Yusra Warsama also star. They play a brother and sister living in the neighboring town of Jerusalem’s Lot. Yes, that one. And speaking of King throwbacks, Shawshank‘s Tim Robbins will also be starring. He’ll play Reginald “Pop” Merrill, a character from Four Past Midnight‘s “The Sun Dog.” He’s also uncle to John “Ace” Merrill, memorably played by Kiefer Sutherland in Stand By Me. This time around, though, Paul Sparks will take on the role.
You have a little time to get caught up before Castle Rock season 2. It will premiere October 23 on Hulu. Here is the teaser–let me know what you think in the comments or on the social mediums.
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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. She now splits her time between the Appalachian wilds (of Alabama) and the considerably more refined streets of New York City. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf.