Castle Rock (TV series)

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Television series
German title Castle Rock
Original title Castle Rock
Country of production United States
original language English
Year (s) since 2018
Bad Robot Productions ,
Warner Bros. Television
length 43-60 minutes
Episodes 20 in 2 seasons ( list )
genre Mystery , fantasy , horror , anthology
idea Sam Shaw ,
Dustin Thomason
production JJ Abrams
music Thomas Newman
Initial release July 25, 2018 (USA) on Hulu

First publication in German
January 25, 2019 on StarzPlay

Castle Rock is an American mystery horror anthology television series by Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason based on the works and characters of Stephen King . The series is set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine. The first season revolves around attorney Henry Deaver ( André Holland ), who returns to his old hometown to represent a nameless boy ( Bill Skarsgård ) who was locked in a kind of animal cage in the deepest basement of Shawshank Prison after the previous prison guard ( Terry O'Quinn ) committed suicide on the day of his retirement.

The first season was released weekly on the video-on-demand platform Hulu from July 25, 2018 . The German-language first broadcast took place between January 25 and February 15, 2019 on StarzPlay . The second season premiered on Hulu on October 23, 2019.


In Castle Rock , numerous characters, events and places from so-called are Castle Rock multiverse contained, yet the series tells a new independent and previously unpublished story by Stephen King , who also served as a consultant on the set of books with. In Castle Rock is a fictional town in Maine , near the (equally fictional) city of Derry, in which also many are settled by Kings stories.

Each season should tell a new story, with new characters and actors.


Weird stories have always played out in Castle Rock, Maine. Just remember the murderous dog Cujo , the breakout from Shawshank prison or the body of the missing boy next to the train tracks. This time the story revolves around Henry Deaver, who disappeared as a boy for eleven days in the dead of winter in 1991 and suddenly reappeared in the middle of frozen Castle Lake, unharmed but without any memory of what happened to him. Therefore he cannot explain why his adoptive father, Pastor Deaver, was found by the search forces with a broken back and died only a little later. Henry is now a Texas criminal defense attorney who is lured back to his hometown from Shawshank Prison by a mysterious cry for help. In the basement of the institution, a nameless young man was found in a kind of bear cage inside a septic tank who does not speak a word - except Henry's name. In Castle Rock, Henry meets his former neighbor Molly Strand ( Melanie Lynskey ), his mother Ruth ( Sissy Spacek ), who is now suffering from Alzheimer's disease, and her new partner Alan Pangborn ( Scott Glenn ), who, as the former sheriff of the town, found and saved Henry at the time . They all seem somehow involved in the mystery of the mysterious prisoner, in which some see the devil.

Cast and dubbing

The series is synchronized in Berlin by SDI Media Germany GmbH . The dialogue book is written by Horst Müller, while Dennis Mohme directs the dialogue.

actor image role Main role
Voice actor
Melanie Lynskey Melanie Lynskey Molly Strand, a hapless real estate agent and former Deavers neighbor, who stalked Henry as a young girl and claims to be able to feel everything he can feel 1.01–1.10 Cathlen Gawlich
André Holland André Holland Henry Deaver, a death penalty lawyer who returns to his hometown of Castle Rock after decades. In 1991 he disappeared for eleven days as a boy and suddenly reappeared with no memory of where he had been. 1.01–1.10 Tim Knauer
Jane Levy Jane Levy Jackie Torrance, budding writer and young woman fascinated by the city's gloomy history; Niece of Jack Torrance ( Shining ) 1.01–1.10 Olivia Büschken
Sissy Spacek Sissy Spacek Ruth Deaver, Henry's adoptive mother, who now lives with former sheriff Alan Pangborn 1.01–1.10 Susanna Bonaséwicz
Bill Skarsgård Bill Skarsgård an unnamed prisoner whose existence is only known after the suicide of Shawshank Prison Director Dale Lacy 1.01–1.10 Patrick Baehr
Scott Glenn Scott Glenn Alan Pangborn, now retired sheriff, who found young Henry in the middle of the frozen Castle Lake 1.01-1.03, 1.05-1.10 Kaspar Eichel
Terry O'Quinn Terry O'Quinn Dale Lacy, Shawshank prison director, who commits suicide on his retirement day and leaves a dark secret 1.01-1.02, 1.05, 1.10 Lothar Hinze
Noel Fisher Prison guard Dennis Zalewski, who finds the boy, secretly notifies Henry Deaver and threatens to lose his mind over the riddle 1.01-1.05, 1.09 Nico Sablik
Adam Rothenberg Castle Rock's pastor and Henry's adoptive father - it is rumored in Castle Rock that Henry was responsible for his death in 1991. 1.02-1.10 N / A
Ann Cusack Lacy's successor as Shawshank Prison Director 1.01-1.03, 1.05, 1.10 Heike Schroetter
Jeffrey Pierce Pierce played Sheriff Pangborn at a young age, who advised Henry's mother to leave her husband and who brought the missing Henry back home in 1991. 1.01, 1.05, 1.07, 1.09-1.10 Sebastian Jacob
Caleel Harris Harris plays Henry Deaver as a boy. 1.01–1.10 Finn Posthumus
Chris Coy Guardian and colleague of Zalewski 1.01-1.04 Florian Clyde
Schuyler Fisk Schuyler Fisk Sissy Spacek's daughter plays the young version of Ruth Deaver. 1.01, 1.07 Manja Doering


In February 2017 it was announced that JJ Abrams will be co- producing a series with Hulu called Castle Rock . The series is said to be based on the stories and works of Stephen King. The main role of Molly Strand was taken on by Melanie Lynskey . The music for the first two episodes of the series was composed by Thomas Newman . For the other eight episodes, Chris Westlake took over this work. In July 2018, WaterTower published the main theme and the final music. At the beginning of October 2017, a first trailer for the series was published as part of New York Comic Con, a second trailer followed at the beginning of February 2018, and a first long trailer in July 2018. The series has been streamed on Hulu since July 25, 2018. In advance, the series should celebrate its premiere as part of the San Diego Comic-Con . The first episode was shown at the Sitges Film Festival in October 2018. As announced in the summer of 2018, Hulu has commissioned a second season.

Relation to other works by Stephen King

In the anthology series Castle Rock , various characters from his narrative universe come together.

Shawshank Prison is shown, which is the same prison from the Oscar-nominated film The Condemned , which was a central location in the film. The prison plays an important role in "Castle Rock".

Sheriff Alan Pangborn, in Castle Rock played by Scott Glenn in older and Jeffrey Pierce in recent years, emerged as a film character in 1993 in The Dark Half , played by Michael Rooker , as well as in the film drama Needful Things - In a small town in that time played by Ed Harris . In addition to fictional ones, there are also real connections: Sissy Spacek, for example, was the leading actress in the world's first King film adaptation Carrie - Des Satan's Youngest Daughter (1976) based on King's novel Carrie . Bill Skarsgard played the clown Pennywise in the screen adaptation It (2017) .



The first season of Castle Rock has so far received approval from 87 percent of Rotten Tomatoes critics .

Matthew Gilbert ( Boston Globe ) says Castle Rock is a gigantic basket full of Easter Eggs for Stephen King fans, but for everyone else it's a decent series of supernatural secrets waiting to be deciphered.

Hannes Stein is enthusiastic around the world , especially about the substitution of horror: “The fact that the makers of this television series don't jump in the viewer's face with horror, but give horror time to unfold, is not a flaw: it makes the story because it is told so subtly, even more sinister. "

Matthias Hannemann wrote about the first season on , the story sweeps you away from the first second.


Primetime Emmy Awards 2019

Saturn Award ceremony 2019

  • Nomination for Best Streaming Horror and Thriller Series
  • Nomination as Best Actress in a Streaming Presentation ( Sissy Spacek )

Episode list

season 1

( total )
( St. )
German title Original title First published in the USA German language first broadcast ( D ) Director script
1 1 separation Severance July 25, 2018 January 25, 2019 Michael Uppendahl Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason
2 2 Habeas corpus Habeas corpus July 25, 2018 1st February 2019 Michael Uppendahl Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason
3 3 Local colors Local color July 25, 2018 February 8, 2019 Daniel Attias Gina Welch
4th 4th The box The Box Aug 1, 2018 15th February 2019 Michael Uppendahl Scott Brown
5 5 harvest Harvest 8 Aug 2018 15th February 2019 Andrew Bernstein Purple Byock
6th 6th filter filter 15 Aug 2018 15th February 2019 Kevin Hooks Vinnie Wilhelm & Marc Bernardin
7th 7th The Queen The Queen 22 Aug 2018 15th February 2019 Greg Yaitanes Sam Shaw
8th 8th past Perfect Past Perfect 29 Aug 2018 15th February 2019 Ana Lily Amirpour Mark Lafferty
9 9 Henry Deaver Henry Deaver 5th Sept 2018 15th February 2019 Julie Anne Robinson Vinnie Wilhelm & Scott Brown
10 10 Romans Romans Sept. 12, 2018 15th February 2019 Nicole Kassell Dustin Thomason & Mark Lafferty

season 2

( total )
( St. )
German title Original title First published in the USA German language first broadcast ( D ) Director script
11 1 May the river flow Let The River Run 23 October 2019 February 13, 2020 Greg Yaitanes Dustin Thomason
12 2 New Jerusalem New Jerusalem 23 October 2019 February 13, 2020 Phil Abraham K'naan Warsame
13 3 Eternal bond Ties That Bind 23 October 2019 February 13, 2020 Anne Sewitsky Scott Brown & Obehi Janice
14th 4th hope Restore Hope October 30, 2019 February 13, 2020 Phil Abraham Guy Busick & R. Christopher Murphy
15th 5 A place to laugh The Laughing Place November 6, 2019 February 13, 2020 Anne Sewitsky Vince Calandra & Daria Polatin
16 6th mother The Mother November 13, 2019 February 13, 2020 Mark Tonderai-Hodges Daria Polatin & Vince Calandra
17th 7th The word The Word 20th November 2019 February 13, 2020 Greg Yaitanes Sam Shaw
18th 8th dirt Dirty November 27, 2019 February 13, 2020 Craig William Macneill Michael Olsen & K. Corrine Van Vliet
19th 9 Warranty committee Caveat Emptor 4th December 2019 February 13, 2020 Greg Yaitanes Scott Brown
20th 10 Clean Clean December 11, 2019 February 13, 2020 Lisa Bruehlmann Dustin Thomason & Michael Olsen


Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2018

Writers Guild of America Awards 2019

  • Award in the Long Form Original category

Web links

Individual evidence

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