Castle Rock is just one in a long line of Stephen King adaptations to the screen, but it has a difference: instead of adapting a single story from the author's enormous back catalogue, it tells a new story set in the loose shared universe established by his novels.
As if that wasn't enough, the show is an anthology series, picking up with a (mostly) new cast in season two as it explores a different aspect of the history of Castle Rock, Maine, while referencing yet more elements of the Stephen King Cinematic Universe.
Season two is out now, so here's everything you need to know about how to watch it - and whether there'll be a season 3.
Is season 2 of Castle Rock out in the UK?
Hulu began airing season two in the US from October 2019, but it was a longer wait for the UK. Luckily every episode of the second season is now available on the Amazon Channel Starzplay, having launched on 13 February.
Will there be a season 3?
Hulu hasn't yet commissioned a third season of the show, so we're not sure if there's more to come or not. The second season leaves some mysteries open though, so it's clear the show's creators have more in store - but we simply don't yet know if we'll ever get to see it or not.
How to watch Castle Rock in the UK
If you want to watch Castle Rock in the UK the best bet is Starzplay, which has the whole first season and will soon have the second. If you're not sure what it is, we have a handy Amazon Channels explainer, but it essentially means that to watch you'll need to have an Amazon Prime account and then add on a subscription to Starzplay. Prime itself starts from £7.99 per month, while Starzplay is £4.99, so it'll be a grand total of £12.98 each month to keep up with Castle Rock - though there are free trials available for both too.
Alternatively, you can still use a VPN to access Hulu from the UK if you prefer. Just sign up for a VPN like NordVPN or any of the others we recommend for Hulu, choose a server in the US, and you should be able to trick Hulu into thinking that you're in the States, letting you watch Castle Rock.
It's worth remembering that you'll still need to pay for a Hulu account if you don't have one already, and it can actually be a little tricky to sign up if you don't have a US address or credit card. It's not impossible though - just a bit fiddly, so check out our comprehensive guide to watching Hulu from outside the US for a complete breakdown of what you need to do.
Watch the season 2 trailer
Here's the official trailer for season two, which focuses mostly on Lizzie Caplan's Annie Wilkes (more on her below) as she brings her own brand of misery to Castle Rock:
Cast and crew
Season two features a whole new cast to go with its new story. Leading the way is Lizzy Caplan, who'll play Annie Wilkes, the psychopathic nurse played to Oscar-winning effect by Kathy Bates in the movie Misery.
She arrives in Castle Rock in the midst of "a feud between warring clans" which looks to centre on the Merrill crime family - led here by the ailing, cancer-stricken Reginald 'Pop' Merrill. He's played by none other than Tim Robbins - itself a referential bit of casting, since his most famous role remains Andy Dufresne in the landmark King adaptation The Shawshank Redemption.
The rest of the cast includes House of Cards' Paul Sparks as John 'Ace' Merrill (replacing the previously cast Garrett Hedlund), 13 Reasons Why's Matthew Alan as Ace's brother Chris, Elsie Fisher as Annie's young daughter Joy, and Yusra Warsam and Barkhad Abdi as two Somali-born residents of the neighbouring 'Salem's Lot, who's pushed into conflict with the Merrills.
“The basic idea is that it is an anthology in the sense that we're going to tell a new story that gives you a different lens into Castle Rock and into Stephen King each season," explained showrunner Dustin Thomason.
"The thing we've always been really excited about, in the same way that the Stephen King universe operates, is that each story will stand alone, but that we will be circling back to characters whose stories intersect with the new stories.”
There are some big names behind the cameras too, as both JJ Abrams and Stephen King himself serves as executive producers on the series, though Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason are the day-to-day showrunners, staying on from season one.