Hulu’s new psychological horror series is quite the head-turner for which the first season left us with plenty of questions and loose ends that have yet to be addressed.
So now that we’ve received word that Castle Rock has been greenlit for a second season, it’s time to share what we know about it with the show’s passionate fans, whom we’re certain are reading this right now.
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Castle Rock mainly focuses on the Stephen King’s fictional city of Castle Rock, Maine, which is featured in most of the author’s books. The series tackles various alternate dimensions and timelines that fit the psychological horror genre.
Most of the main cast members delivered outstanding performances including Bill Skarsgård, Sissy Spacek, Scott Glenn, Melanie Lynskey, and more.
The first season closed out to a bit of a cliffhanger. Once the supernatural and ominous prisoner (Skarsgård) was released from his cage and wreaked mayhem around town, he returned to his cage and brought Castle Rock to some degree of its regular self, but that isn’t saying much considering what goes on in the city.
And now that brand new details have begun to spring up about season 2, it’s only a matter of time before we can expect things to get even grimmer than they are now. So let’s take a look as to what the second season has to offer us:
Even though Castle Rock’s season 2 has been confirmed, Hulu has yet to provide us with a release date. However, Bloody Disgusting reported that production for the show already commenced back in March. So with that in mind, we believe it’s pretty clear that the show won’t be premiering in the summer as it did for season 1. And even if it does release something in 2019, it won’t be until the end of the year. This means that Annie Wilkes will be smashing the ankles of her victims in the winter of 2019.
Usually, it’s a given that we’ll be seeing main cast actors reprising their roles for the next season, but with a series like this, it’s pretty hard to tell and right now, there is no word on who will be returning for season 2. But if we were to be in Hulu’s shoes right now, we would assume that the show is going to focus more on Castle Rock’s creepy citizens.
One of the biggest new cast members for season 2 according to Deadline happens to be Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex) who will be playing a young Annie Wilkes as she deals with the early stages of her psychosis. Elsie Fisher, who is known for her breakout role in Eighth Grade, will be playing Annie's teenage daughter Joy.
Then there’s Garrett Hedlund (Triple Frontier, Tron: Legacy) another fresh face for season 2, who plays John "Ace" Merrill, a bully who was originally played by Kiefer Sutherland in Stand By Me, Rob Reiner’s film adaptation of Stephen King's short story The Body, something that has been referenced in the first season on more than one occasion.
Matthew Alan (13 Reasons Why) will play Ace’s brother Chris Merrill. Yusra Warsam (Assassin's Creed: Origins) will play one of the story’s most important characters Dr. Nadia Omar while Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips, Blade Runner 2049) will play Nadia's older brother Abdi Omar.
And lastly, a familiar face from the Stephen King universe, Tim Robbins, who previously played Andy Dufresne in Frank Darabont's The Shawshank Redemption, will be playing Reginald "Pop" Merrill, the patriarch of the Merrill crime family bearing the brunt of cancer.
Here’s the official TV Guide synopsis for season 2:
In Season 2, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes, Stephen King's nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock.” By the sounds of that, it appears that fans of the 1987 novel Misery will soon be revisiting their favorite ankle-smashing nurse who was previously played by Kathy Bates in the Oscar-winning 1990 film adaptation.
It’s also a different narrative to what Dustin Thomason and Sam Shaw have given us in season 1. Thomson explained to Den of Geek:
The basic idea is that it is an anthology in the sense that we're going to tell a new story that gives you a different lens into Castle Rock and into Stephen King each season. The thing we've always been really excited about, in the same way, that the Stephen King universe operates, is that each story will stand alone, but that we will be circling back to characters whose stories intersect with the new stories.