— Castle Rock (@castlerockhulu) August 29, 2019
The first teaser for the second season of Hulu’s Castle Rock has arrived, confirming that it will premiere on October 23rd while also reminding viewers that Stephen King’s novel Misery will be an integral component of the narrative. This information doesn’t come as a complete surprise to audiences, as Lizzy Caplan was previously confirmed to be playing Annie Wilkes, the antagonist of the King novel. While various other King properties are getting adapted into movies and TV series, Castle Rock is unique in that it borrows elements from the author’s immense library to reimagine an all-new story featuring familiar characters and settings.
The first season of the series focused on a mysterious stranger who was discovered in the basement of Shawshank Prison, whose arrival sends shockwaves through the nearby community of Castle Rock, Maine. While that season did feature a number of characters from various King stories, the narrative was almost entirely original, so the Season Two teaser mentioning Misery could mean the narrative will lean more heavily into a canonical exploration of Wilkes before the events of that novel.