Castle Rock: Season 2 (2019)

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Season 2
Castle Rock

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Driven by an unsettlingly compelling Lizzy Caplan, Castle Rock's second chapter opens the borders of its titular town without losing any of its creeping atmosphere.

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Critic Ratings: 34

79%

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User Ratings: 180
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Episodes

1
Air date: Oct 23, 2019
2
Air date: Oct 23, 2019
3
Air date: Oct 23, 2019
4
Air date: Oct 30, 2019
5
Air date: Nov 6, 2019
6
Air date: Nov 12, 2019
7
Air date: Nov 20, 2019
8
Air date: Nov 27, 2019
9
Air date: Dec 4, 2019
10
Air date: Dec 11, 2019

Castle Rock: Season 2 Videos

Tv Season Info

In season two of Castle Rock, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes, Stephen King's nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock.

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Critic Reviews for Castle Rock Season 2

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (6)

A lot of horror anthologies hinge on concept instead of character or performance, but I'm happy to see "Castle Rock" bucking that trend.

Dec 3, 2019 | Full Review…

What's here is still effective, affecting, and original - despite appearances.

Oct 23, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Despite some potential lost, we still got a character-driven, compelling season, with the sensation of something old, dreadful and especially eerie seeping out of the history of Castle Rock into its new inhabitants.

Dec 26, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a dark ending, to be sure, but the right one.

Oct 31, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Season 2 evokes the best Stephen King adaptations by ramping up the pacing, dread, and slasher flick fun in a way the first season didn't.

Dec 3, 2019 | Full Review…

There are so many threads being woven together, and try as they might, there's just not enough knots being tied to make it all work. In the end, everyone suffers, and we're left with cheeky references, hollow drama, and zero stakes.

Dec 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Reinterpreting a beloved Stephen King villain like Annie Wilkes is a tall order, but Lizzy Caplan makes it look easy.

Oct 31, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

One of this season's greatest strengths is how it excels at depicting Annie's psychosis and paranoia in visually different and creative ways. It continually feels fresh and stressful.

Dec 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Like its impressive and satisfying inaugural run, this latest season of Castle Rock is filled with clever writing, delightful callbacks to King's book universe and terrific performances.

Nov 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Castle Rock's second season gets a welcome fresh coat of creative paint with the addition of Lizzy Caplan's engaging performance as Misery's Annie Wilkes.

Oct 31, 2019 | Full Review…

This is a great starting point to understanding Annie Wilkes... if that's possible.

Oct 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Castle Rock delivers the expected violence, suspense, and horror. But its most abundant strength is its faithful adherence to one of King's primary tenets as an author: that there is nothing more frightening then the unpredictability of human nature.

Dec 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Castle Rock: Season 2

  • Jan 29, 2020
    Well worth watching. Season one was a bit ho-hum, but "heavens to Betsy", season 2 is a big step up. Lizzy evokes her inner "dirty bird" and puts up a remarkable performance. She has all the tiny nuances that Kathy Bates made famous all those years ago as Annie Wilkes. The plot loses a bit when they steer too far away from Annie's story, but it comes back with a bang at the end. Go watch it.
  • Jan 22, 2020
    best, it was really good, i enjoyed it. please give us no2 etc asap. as I WANT MORE !!!!
  • Jan 20, 2020
    I kicked myself I didn't pay attention to the title (and her name didn't connect)...but that made the ending all the better. Great story and acting.
  • Jan 19, 2020
    Stephan King's material is running very thin, the whole thing is a retread.
  • Jan 17, 2020
    What an incredibly woke series. It takes a lot of hard digs at the military regarding their involvement in Somalia. I guess if one knows history, they have to ask....why? Somalia was controlled by war lords who were starving the populace by the millions. The UN multi national force including the US military fought and suffered casulties to bring food aid to the country. So cool JJ Abrams, villify that. What a predictible plot filled with characters that constantly don't act logically. I like Stephen King, I hope they are paying him enough to attach his name to Abrams.
  • Jan 12, 2020
    Castle Rock is great - both seasons!! - while I was sad to say goodbye to the first season's storyline and cast I was just as invested in season 2 by the last episode. I really hope they make a season 3. I can't wait! (also, to be honest I've watched I think Castle Rock is better then some of the other popular shows out right now, not gonna mention any names)...
  • Jan 11, 2020
    Horror at it's very best.
  • Jan 07, 2020
    Loved the twist ending and connection to first season. Till have questions though hopefully a third will answer those
  • Jan 06, 2020
    I enjoyed season 2 very much. The overlapping of Stephen King universes was fun for me as the story unfolded. Lizzy Caplan was absolutely phenomenal as young Annie Wilkes! I enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect. This season was far better of the two, in my opinion. Well done all around!
  • Jan 05, 2020
    Half of this I rather liked, but the other half didn't work for me. Let me cover the overlapping parts first. What I like about this season is that the pacing is a lot better than its predecessor. It took a cue from season 2 of Fargo and added a higher character count in order to fill things up. However, I did miss the more eerier and crazier feel from the first. Don't get me wrong, the threat in here is decent and scary. I felt that like the last season the ending was weak. Now I'll focus on the two halves: I liked the part involving the residents and community of Castle Rock. We are introduced to complex drama and tension within an extended family and a growing struggle between Ace Merrill (Paul Sparks), who has inherited his uncle's business hold on the town, and his uncle's foster son Abdi Howlwadaag (Barkhad Abdi), who along with the town's Syrian immigrants are building their own economic area. There is just a lot of strong backstory to this. Tim Robbins plays Pop Merill and he hands down has the best role. It's too bad you don't see Robbins in stuff a lot these days. Merrill is a great character, an intelligent man and the most powerful in town, who is having everything slip from his fingers. What I wasn't fond of were the parts with Annie Wilkes (played by Master of Sex's Lizzy Caplan), the antagonist from Stephen King's Misery. The problem is that this known character doesn't work that well when given an expanded role and becomes a main focus. The show tries to replicate her traits from the film with Kathy Bates, but they are limited. I got tired of seeing her repeatedly say the word "dirty-birds" and getting unreasonably upset with people. Her storyline didn't have as much going for it, except for the episode on her background which was really well done. You can tell where things are going pretty early on. It doesn't help that more focus is given to Wilkes than the rest of the cast. I can see some people liking this more than me. Just temper expectations.

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