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‘Castle Rock’ preview: Four Episodes In and Already Creeped Out

Charmaine Blake

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Who is this mysterious ‘Castle Rock’ figure, played byBill Skarsgrd (who was also Pennywise in ‘It’)?

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“Imagine trying to fully process a version of The Shining that cuts off right after Wendy Torrance discovers her husband’s “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” writings.

That’s what it’s like trying to talk about Castle Rock right now. I’m four episodes in on the Stephen King collaboration with J.J. Abrams production banner Bad Robot, and the Hulu-exclusive series definitely has me on the hook… but it could just as definitely still go either way.

Castle Rock is an unusual beast. Rather than adapting a single King story, it weaves in and out of familiar locations, characters, and themes pulled from any number of the author’s works.

The series has a story of its own to tell, but that story involves Alan Pangborn, Shawshank State Prison, and the dark history of Castle Rock, Maine (to name a few). The nods to King lore even extend beyond the fourth wall: Sissy Spacek, the star of Carrie, holds a key role; so does Bill Skarsgård, the Pennywise of 2017’s It adaptation.

Castle Rock is, for lack of a better term, the start of a Stephen King cinematic mash-up universe.

Castle Rock is the start of a Stephen King cinematic mash-up universe.

The story laid out in the opening episodes doesn’t hinge on any knowledge of King lore, of course. The nods are hidden in plain sight, but they’re just that: A name. A vague reference. Fans of King will grin  knowingly at the mention of suicidal Shawshank wardens, but familiarity doesn’t make this story clearer.

The opening episodes of Castle Rock follow two main threads that converge more and more as the story unfolds. Shawshank is a primary setting, with the warden’s sudden and unexpected suicide setting of a chain of events that leads to the discovery of a secret inmate (Skarsgård).

The young man is discovered tucked away in a cage built inside some kind of underground tank, only accessible via a locked hatch. He’s apparently in good health, but there’s no record of his incarceration and he doesn’t speak — save for one name: Henry Deaver (André Holland).

The Deaver family has a history in Castle Rock, one that the opening episodes…..”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/07/11/castle-rock-hulu-first-look-impressions/

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