The first four episodes of Castle Rock are now available to stream on Hulu and Stephen King is urging fans to watch the show for more than just the easter eggs. The show takes place in the fictional town of Castle Rock where multiple concepts and themes from King's previous works will be combined into one show.
Castle Rock was revealed via a surprise trailer that dropped earlier last year. The show has remained mostly a mystery in the typical J.J. Abrams fashion, who is the executive producer on the show. The cast for Castle Rock certainly seemed reminiscent of King's previous adaptations especially after Sissy Spacek and Bill Skarsgård were both hired on to play characters for the show. Even though the show truly does have a ton of Easter eggs to King's previous works in only the first four episodes, King wants people to watch the show without going Easter egg hunting.
King recently took to Twitter to promote Castle Rock and to tell fans it was more than just a show with Easter eggs and references. Giving credit to the cast and writers on the show, King explains that the show would still be good even without the Easter eggs.
Castle Rock opened to overall good reviews even though the show is only four out of ten episodes in. King's works are often adapted to TV shows and film most notably WB's IT, which broke box office records last year. While IT was a recent example of a book to movie adaptation, many other books were adapted into movies including The Shining, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Green Mile. There have certainly been adaptations that were panned by critics, but most of the time TV shows and movies based on his work do quite well.
King has become one of the most successful horror writers in the world which makes Castle Rock's success seem that much more likely. Since it takes place in a Stephen King multiverse and will intertwine themes from King's previous works, Castle Rock was clearly going to have a fan base. Even if King wants fans to "enjoy it on its own terms" fans will no doubt be on the lookout for easter eggs.
Castle Rock is now streaming on Hulu.
Source: Stephen King/Twitter