Critic Consensus: Castle Rock creep du jour Bill Skarsgård's unusually "normal" mannerisms in "Henry Deaver" fascinate as readily as they unsettle.
Critic reviews for Henry Deaver
In Episode 9, Castle Rock shook up everything, rewrote its timeline, and gave viewers a ton of information about The Kid (Bill Skarsgård).
Creators Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason manage to visually and emotionally deliver a captivating sequence, finding horror again in Henry Deaver's closing frames.
In an act of artistic graciousness, this installment finally gifts Skarsgård... an opportunity to finally play a normal dude (which, all things considered, is still sort of weird).
I'm not sure if seeing an entire episode of Bill Skarsgård acting all norm-core is refreshing, or doubly creepy. Maybe both? Like, I was aroused and unsettled.
Henry Deaver is a completely serviceable episode, but we can't help but wonder if there wasn't another way to tell this story this late into the game.
Like a lot of the recent "Castle Rock" episodes, this one is beautifully crafted and haunting, although it leaves the audience with no indication of where this season is going to go next - which is a problem, given that the finale is next week.
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