Hulu cancelled the anthology series Castle Rock today. The horror series produced two seasons, linking back to Stephen King library of stories. J. J. Abrams and King executive produced the series, with creators Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason.
Thomason told Collider in October 2019. “The plan was always to have an interconnected set of stories. While every season would be its own launching point, there would be this fabric of Stephen’s multiverse, if you will, that always bubbled beneath it, and a unity to the stories that existed.” And now we will never know what the endgame was supposed to be.
Season one introduced a trans-dimensional woods that disrupted the lives of Henry Deaver, played by both Bill Skarsgård and André Holland. It was confusing and creepy, but compelling. Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, Scott Glenn, Jane Levy, and Terry O’Quinn also starred in season one.
Season two focused on King’s nurse from Hell Annie Wilkes, played by Lizzy Caplan. Annie was already having a hard time dealing with reality when she arrived in Castle Rock. Getting involved with a ghost cult didn’t make things any better. The weird thing is, the cult worshipped Skarsgård’s character from season one. Elsie Fisher, Tim Robbins, Yusra Warsama, Barkhad Abdi, and Matthew Alan also starred.
I’m sure if a season three was in the works, it would have confused us even more. But there was so much potential for the series. Castle Rock is a centralized location in the Stephen King Universe. And I always expected more to happen knowing that Jerusalem’s Lot was just down the street.