SDCC: Castle Rock panel premiered the show’s first episode

CASTLE ROCK -- "Severance" - Episode 101 - Photo by: Patrick Harbron/Hulu, Image Acquired from Hulu Press
CASTLE ROCK -- "Severance" - Episode 101 - Photo by: Patrick Harbron/Hulu, Image Acquired from Hulu Press /

Castle Rock brought fans an early look at the show during their panel at San Diego Comic-Con.

Stephen King fans were in for a treat at the Castle Rock panel at San Diego Comic-Con. While three episodes will premiere on July 25, they were able to watch the first one and then listen to the co-creators and some cast members discuss it afterward.

The panel consisted of Sissy Spacek, Bill Skarsgård, Melanie Lynskey and Jane Levy along with co-creators Dustin Thomason and Sam Shaw. While there wasn’t any live tweeting from the official Castle Rock account on Twitter, they did keep us up to date on the discussion that came after.

Both Sissy Spacek and Bill Skarsgård have been in previous Stephen King movies so they were already familiar with at least part of his universe before their roles in the show. Spacek even mentioned that the universe was where they belong. Melanie Lynskey was in Rose Red, but that was a three-night miniseries, so it was a bit of a different experience.

The above tweet is the start of a great thread on what was said at the panel. As a Stephen King fan, I found what the cast and co-creators had to say was pretty relatable, even though I have not worked on an adaptation of the author’s books. His work has a way of impacting people and it’s always something I look forward to.

We also learned that the show is going to be an anthology series, so we can expect new and different types of stories each season.

Jane Levy mentioned that horror as a genre gives women the chance to step up and you certainly see that in the show. After watching the first few episodes, I wanted more right away because these characters and the horrific things happening are just so compelling. The cast and co-creators all really seem to have a passion for the universe, which makes them more fun to watch onscreen, too.

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Castle Rock premieres on Hulu on July 25.