As Season 2 of Castle Rock on Hulu comes to a close, Hulu has been very quiet about the prospects of a Castle Rock Season 3. Fans have a big wish list for what they’d like to see, but as of the time of publication, Hulu hasn’t said yet if the show will be renewed for a third season. Co-creator Dustin Thomason, however, has said that they’ve given a third season some thought.
Hulu has been pretty quiet about the prospects of a third season. The second season, which is 10 episodes long, just premiered on October 23. Sticking to true Hulu fashion, the first three episodes were released and then one episode was released weekly after that. The season was again set in Castle Rock, Maine. If the show returns for a third season, it will most likely take place in the same city once again.
Dustin Thomason, co-creator of the series and executive producer, hosted an AMA on Reddit earlier this month. On a couple different occasions, fans brought up Season 3 in their questions but he deftly avoided responding to those.
One person wrote: “Hi Dustin-what can we expect to see in the last few episodes this season? What should we fans keep reading or watching to prepare us for season 3 of Castle Rock?”
Thomason only responded to the second part of the question, writing: “Murder, mayhem, motherhood. As we get closer to the end… if people haven’t seen where Annie ‘ends up’ … then MISERY is your girl.”
However, he opened up a little more in an interview with Collider in late October. He said that he and co-creator Sam Shaw have had a broad map of the characters they’d like to explore since they started the series. Every season, he said, will be part of the Stephen King multiverse. He said: “I think fans of Season 1 will find things in Season 2, that maybe they’re not expecting, along the way. And when we get to Season 3, I hope that there will a continuation of what we’ve done in this season and an expansion, and the audience will start to feel that there was a plan from the beginning.”
TV Series Finale, which is known for keeping tabs on ratings and the chances of a show being renewed, believes the show is likely to be renewed, but doesn’t have any specific details either.
Fans Have a Big Wish List for Season 3
Viewers, meanwhile, have a big wish list of what they’d like to see in Season 3. One person suggested maybe Jack Nicholson would show up for Season 3, since Tim Robbins was in Season 2 and Sissy Spacek was in Season 1. But Nicholson has been avoiding TV and movies for years and is in retirement, so that wish seems unlikely to be fulfilled.
Others have suggested wanting to see Rob Lowe or maybe Wil Wheaton in a third season.
Tom Hanks and Christopher Walken have also been suggested.
Anthony Michael Hall, who starred in the TV series The Dead Zone, is another suggestion by fans.
Other fans are hoping that Season 3 will pick up where Season 1 left off, with that comment about Overlook Hotel.
Fans are also reaching out on Twitter hoping to see a third season.
So far, Season 2 of Castle Rock has gotten great ratings on IMDb, which means the chances of renewal are good. Most episodes are rated at more than 8 stars on a scale of 1 to 10. Episode 1 is rated 8.4, Episode 2 is 8.1, Episode 3 is 8.3, Episode 4 is the lowest at 7.6, Episode 5 is the highest at 9.3, Episode 6 is 7.9, Episode 7 is 8.7, Episode 8 is 8.1, and Episode 9 is 8.3.
Strong ratings like that can really help a show’s chances at renewal. User reviews of the highest-rated episode, “The Laughing Place,” include comments like: “If you were not quite happy with the first 4 episodes, you will get a BIG payoff with this episode, that takes a deeper look at Annie’s childhood. And WOW – this was truly truly GREAT.
Loved every minute of this episode, and I think I must watch it again right NOW.”
Another person wrote: “The specific episode is beyond imagination for those who seek a TV show horror-oriented. The character building of the main protagonist is amazing, supported by an epic young actress who steals the whole show of S02E05. An amazing twist changes the whole story with the final scene, while – if you are careful enough – you will find Lovecraftian elements hidden in the episode.”