Fans of Stephen King’s books found their kind of dope in Castle Rock. After two successful seasons under wraps, there has still not been any official announcement on Castle Rock season 3. There is one piece of news that may set you off like firework though: the King of Horror himself is set to grace the show with a guest appearance. Curious? Here’s what we know.
American psychological horror anthology Castle Rock features and is inspired by characters, themes, and settings from the horror stories of Stephen King and his fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine. A native of Durham, it was his hometown that inspired him to create Castle Rock. With Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason as the showrunners, the series premiered on July 25, 2018, on Hulu.
- Castle Rock season 3: Truth or myth?
- A Stephen King cameo on the cards?
- Season 3 seems far away but we don’t mind
Castle Rock season 3: Truth or myth?
Ever since Castle Rock season 2 premiered in late October 2019, fans have been anxiously waiting for a third installment. Curiosity peaked all the more when Hulu’s SVP of Scripted Originals Craig Erwich recently stated in an interview with “Deadline” “We have not made any further decisions on Castle Rock, people are still continuing to discover it”.
Although makers have been tight-lipped about any development, fans left no stone unturned in theorizing about the future of Castle Rock season 3. From King’s stories to powerhouse actors like Sissy Spacek in season 1 and Tim Robbins in season 2 there’s so much left to be explored. In fact, there are more than enough characters and plot points to easily develop additional seasons.
The anthological nature of the series makes it difficult to guess which one of King’s books will be adapted in the coming season. The makers also do not shy away from amalgamating pieces from King’s stories to form a new storyline. So yes, fans choose to remain hopeful.
A Stephen King cameo on the cards?
The fictional town of Castle Rock first appeared in King’s 1979 novel The Dead Zone. Since then, it has been used or referred to as a primary setting in many of his stories. Castle Rock was inspired by his own hometown of Maine.
Interestingly, the series mostly features popular actors who have played pivotal roles in other Stephen King adaptations over the years. Why not have the genius himself on board to bring to life the horror he creates on the pages of his books?
Season 3 seems far away but we don’t mind
Stephen King offers a vast library to choose from. Castle Rock makers have absolutely nothing to worry about regarding season 3 plotlines, thanks to King’s well-woven multiverse.
Some of his biggest novels set in the town of Castle Rock are The Dead Zone, The Dark Half and Needful Things. Some characters from these novels have already made appearances on the show, but a lot of them are yet to be introduced. For instance, Johnny Smith from The Dead Zone, the famous writer battling alcoholism, eerily like King himself. Also, Thad Beaumont from The Dark Half, or even Leland Gaunt, the charmingly sinister shop proprietor from Needful Things. King’s recent book Gwendy’s Button Box could also make for an interesting plot line for Castle Rock season 3.
Randall Flagg could himself appear in season 3. The “man in black” Flagg famously appears after most of the human population is wiped out by a deadly viral flu in The Stand. Then he reappears in Dark Tower as Roland Deschain’s rival. Since references of the Dark Tower have already been made in the previous seasons of Castle Rock, fans would be thrilled to see Flagg reprise in season 3.
There has been no official announcement from the network or the makers so far. To add to that, the cast and crew also haven’t posted anything about the show since the beginning of 2020. We are likely to see Bill Skarsgard return as The Kid. Since his character was a link between the first two seasons, it seems completely plausible to use him to transition into season 3.
Given the sizable gap between seasons 1 and 2, season 3 was expected to release sometime before Halloween this year. But now, owing to the pandemic, the premiere date could get pushed to 2021. Well, as long as there’s a season 3, we are all on board. Head to the comments below and take a wild guess at the Castle Rock season 3 plotline. The King of Horror is hard to impress.