Stephen King's Advice to 'Castle Rock' Viewers: Less Easter Egg Hunting, More Enjoying the Story
With Hulu's Castle Rock unleashing its first three episodes last week (check out our review below) and next episode 'The Box' dropping today, author Stephen King has some friendly advice for his fans as they continue watching: less time easter egg hunting, more time enjoying the story's journey.
Since the premiere, posting online King-related sightings from the series has become it's own form of "cottage industry" – but King took to Twitter to remind all of us to not get too caught up in the trees to the point where we miss out on the forrest (no matter how disturbingly creepy that forrest might be):
Combining elements from a number of King's works into a "shared universe" based around the famed/infamous fictional town, Castle Rock is spearheaded by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lost), King, and executive producers/writers Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason, the ensemble cast of Castle Rock includes Andre Holland (Moonlight), Melanie Lynskey (Togetherness), Bill Skarsgard (IT), Jane Levy (Suburgatory), Sissy Spacek (Carrie), Scott Glenn (The Right Stuff), Terry O'Quinn (Lost) and Chosen Jacobs (It).
Here's a look back at the literary history of King's Castle Rock, and how it influenced the Hulu series:
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.
With Bleeding Cool's review of Castle Rock s01e04 'The Box' going live Thursday morning, here's a look back at our thoughts on the first three episodes of the series:
"Focusing on death row attorney Henry Deaver's (Holland) return to his hometown to investigate a mystery that will force him – and others – to face the town's horrific past, the first three episodes laid a disturbing foundation for the horrors still to come. So rent a room and stay awhile, because Hulu's 'Castle Rock' is definitely worth an extended visit."
Just to be clear… I'll be covering some themes and takeaways involving major and minor plot points from the episode, so keep that in mind. Definitely not looking for pitchforks and torches outside my apartment so spoiler warnings!
Here's a look at the three episodes screened for our review:
Castle Rock s01e01 'Severance': An anonymous phone call lures death-row attorney Henry Denver back to his home town of Castle Rock, Maine.
Castle Rock s01e02 'Habeas Corpus': Henry gets a new client at Shawshank Prison.
Castle Rock s01e03 'Local Color': The past catches up with Molly Strand."
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