review by Jamesson Marshal
Season 2 of Hulu's 'Castle Rock' brings together some of Stephen King's most iconic stories for a season that promises to ratchet up the suspense and mystery of the town and its motley cast of characters. When Annie Wilkes (Lizzy Caplan) arrives in Castle Rock with her daughter Joy (Elsie Fisher), she tries to balance her job as a nurse while also attempting to reign in her deteriorating mental stability. She eventually finds herself at odds with Reginald "Pop" Merrill (Tim Robbins) and his nephew "Ace" (Paul Sparks), who is being primed to take over the family's crime business.
Annie is joined at the hospital by Dr. Nadia Omar (Yusra Warsama), a Harvard Educated Somali Immigrant and resident of neighboring town Jerusalem's Lot. As the two towns edge closer to all-out war, long-kept secrets will ultimately be revealed about 'Salem's Lot and its sinister history.
The Stephen King multiverse is the setting for this psychological horror series that takes place in Castle Rock, Maine, which is a location familiar to fans of King's work. "Castle Rock" explores themes and worlds that unite King's canon, including the infamous Shawshank Prison. An anonymous phone call lures death-row attorney Henry Deaver back to Castle Rock. He is unsettled by his hometown, but he returns to help a sinister, mostly mute man being kept in a cage underneath Shawshank. Sissy Spacek and Bill Skarsgård, who starred in feature adaptations of King's "Carrie" and "It," respectively, are among the show's stars.