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Episode Info

Series premiere. An anonymous phone call lures death-row lawyer Henry Deaver back to his home town of Castle Rock, Maine.


André Holland
as Henry Deaver
Sissy Spacek
as Ruth Deaver
Scott Glenn
as Alan Pangborn
Bill Skarsgård
as Shawshank Prisoner
Jane Levy
as Jackie
Melanie Lynskey
as Molly Strand
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Critic Reviews for Severance

Shortly after thrusting Pangborn, an established hero from several novels and films, into a wintry new mystery, we get one of the most gruesome deaths Uncle Stevie never wrote.

Aug 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Based on the first hour, is Castle Rock worth your time? Undoubtedly. There's a richness to this story that's sensed right off the bat, as is Abrams' penchant for "mystery box" storytelling.

Aug 3, 2018 | Full Review…

It's the essence of King the show is after, and for the most part, it does a good job of focusing in on what makes his stories so memorable in the first place: the characters.

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There's an idea buried here -- one about how to fight evil and vanquish it from the world -- that is remarkably compelling.

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Castle Rock is just getting started.

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

If "Severance" is any indication, it's not the diverse strands of the Stephen King Extended Universe that's holding this thing together: It's André Holland... He makes Castle Rock feel like a drama, not the haunted-house ride at the county fair.

Aug 3, 2018 | Full Review…

The first two episodes push this "insinuate, don't reveal" approach too far, however, to the extent that little of consequence happens.

Aug 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Something's brewing in this small Maine town, and it isn't good for those involved - but it's great for us viewers.

Aug 1, 2018 | Full Review…