Time has finally run out for the first season of Hulu's horror-drama anthology Castle Rock – and possibly for the town itself – as questions are answered and decisions made in the season finale of the Sam Shaw/Dustin Thomason series. Combining elements from a number of Stephen King's works into a "shared universe" narrative that's based around the (in)famous fictional town, Castle Rock stars Andre Holland, Bill Skarsgard, Melanie Lynskey, Sissy Spacek, Jane Levy, Scott Glenn, Terry O'Quinn, Noel Fisher, Chosen Jacobs, and Allison Tolman.
With this week's season finale 'Romans,' we have a "Crisis on Infinite Deavers" on our hands with Henry (Holland) faced with the (multiple) realities of what "Henry" (Skarsgard) truly is. Is there an end to the cycle – and is Molly (Lynskey) the key? Or is the town of Castle Rock well beyond redemption?
Check out our review of Castle Rock s01e10 'Romans' to see why we felt the series answered the questions we needed answered while still maintaining the mystery – and setting up what could be a righteously cool second season.
SPOILER WARNING: We're covering some themes and takeaways involving major and minor plot points from the episode, so keep that in mind if you're watching or listening to this review before you've watched the episode. Definitely not looking for pitchforks and torches outside my apartment…
Castle Rock s01e10 'Romans': Some birds can be caged
Is The Kid the cause of all this misery? Or is he merely a side effect?
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A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King's best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland.
The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King's literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.
From J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lost), best-selling author Stephen King and executive producers/writers Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason, Castle Rock stars André Holland (Moonlight), Melanie Lynskey (Togetherness), Bill Skarsgård (IT), Jane Levy (Suburgatory), Sissy Spacek (Carrie), Scott Glenn (The Right Stuff), Terry O'Quinn (Lost) and Chosen Jacobs (It).