With three episodes left in the first season of Hulu's horror-drama anthology Castle Rock, things have turned more tragic and mysterious than ever before in and around Castle Rock in the Sam Shaw/Dustin Thomason-created 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.
As the preview for this week's eighth episode 'Past Perfect' showed us, the town finds itself dealing with a tragic personal loss as Henry (Holland) discovers a connection between "The Kid" (Skarsgard) and two of the town's newest residents. Wendell (Chosen Jacobs) begins feeling some very familiar (and ominous) pain, while Molly (Lynskey) goes looking for answers – answers she might not like.
To see where we are on the journey the Hulu series is taking us – and if it's a trip still worth taking – check out our review of Castle Rock s01e08 'Past Perfect' below:
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/listening to this review before you've watched the episode. Definitely not looking for pitchforks and torches outside my apartment…
Castle Rock s01e08 'Past Perfect': Newcomers set up shop in Castle Rock, Henry follows a clue.
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).