Castle Rock is a hit Hulu horror series that follows a sprawling cast of characters in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine - one of the regular recurring settings of Stephen King's many, many novels.
The show doesn't directly adapt any single Stephen King story, but instead weaves in elements of various books and stories, with references to many more - it even stars a couple of main cast members who've starred in massive Stephen King adaptations in the past.
How to watch Castle Rock in the UK
All ten episodes of the first season of Castle Rock have now aired on Hulu in the United States, but as of yet there's still no official way to watch the show in the UK - or any news of any TV show or streaming service planning to buy the rights to the show. Since you can't watch Hulu in the UK, that's a bit of a problem.
That means that if you live in the UK and want to watch the show, you basically have two options: pirate it (which you really shouldn't) or use a VPN to access Hulu from the UK. Just sign up for a VPN like NordVPN or any of the others we recommend for Hulu, choose a server in the US, and you should be able to trick Hulu into thinking that you're in the States, letting you watch Castle Rock.
It's worth remembering that you'll still need to pay for a Hulu account, and it can actually be a little tricky to sign up if you don't have a US address or credit card. It's not impossible though - just a bit fiddly, so check out our comprehensive guide to watching Hulu from outside the US for a complete breakdown of what you need to do.
Watch the trailer
We don't have any footage of the upcoming second season yet, but if you haven't watched the first season yet you might want to watch this trailer for the show to get an idea of what to expect:
Season 2 release date
Hulu announced that it had ordered a second season of Castle Rock in August 2018, halfway through the first series. There's no release date yet but since season 1 began in July 2018, we'd expect season 2 to arrive some time in summer 2019.
As with the first season, it's likely there will be 10 episodes - though Hulu hasn't confirmed that - and we're expecting much of the cast to return. That being said, the show is being treated as an anthology series, though season 2 won't directly follow on from season 1 - meaning while some cast members will probably return, many might not, and the focus might well shift to bring new characters to the fore.
“The basic idea is that it is an anthology in the sense that we're going to tell a new story that gives you a different lens into Castle Rock and into Stephen King each season," explained showrunner Dustin Thomason.
"The thing we've always been really excited about, in the same way that the Stephen King universe operates, is that each story will stand alone, but that we will be circling back to characters whose stories intersect with the new stories.”
Cast and crew
The main star of the first season of Castle Rock is André Holland, who plays Henry Matthew Deaver, a criminal attorney brought back to his childhood home of Castle Rock after an unusual call from the Shawshank prison. The rest of the core cast includes Melanie Lynskey, Jane Levy, Sissy Spacek (who played Carrie in the '70s film) and Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise the Clown in the most recent adaptation of It).
There are a few familiar faces in the recurring cast too, including the likes of Scott Glenn and Terry O'Quinn, and we'd expect the second season to attract some more big name stars.
There are some big names behind the cameras too, as both JJ Abrams and Stephen King himself serves as executive producers on the series, though Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason are the day-to-day showrunners.