Critic Consensus: Castle Rock ends its first season on an ambiguous note, but still wraps up its narrative arc neatly enough -- and, of course, drops plenty of Stephen King Easter eggs.

Episode Info

Season 1 finale. Some birds can be caged.


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

One could argue it's anti-death penalty and even anti-violence, which despite a few narrative hiccups, is quite the unexpected conclusion for a series set in the home of Stephen King's many evil creations.

Sep 13, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Let's just give Sissy Spacek the Emmy right now. She was amazing as Ruth. Her story had me feeling so many emotions.

Nov 6, 2018 | Full Review…

The scenes in the holding cells between Holland and Skarsgård were electric.

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…

This show taps into that fear, just as King does, in remarkable form.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

So, the book closes on this first season of Castle Rock and, altogether, this viewer found it to be a rather satisfying experience: ambitous, genuinely strange and (especially with "The Queen") incredibly emotional.

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Frankly, given how daring this season has been at times, the season finale this week, titled "Romans," is a bit of a letdown... As a way to wrap up the major themes of this season, though, "Romans" mostly works.

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Castle Rock attempts to tie up its loose ends with an anticlimactic finale that suffers from too much style and not enough substance.

Sep 13, 2018 | Rating: 6.8/10 | Full Review…

Castle Rock has always kept its secrets. Looks like it will keep them just a little while longer.

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…

As a horror story of its own, the series made promises then all but went out of its way to avoid delivering in the end. A finale that seemed destined for dark magic was just a bait and switch.

Sep 12, 2018 | Full Review…

The first season of Castle Rock was at its very best when exploring Henry's trauma (and Molly's and Ruth's), and "Romans" gives him the catharsis he's been searching for.

Sep 12, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…