Castle Rock dives into Stephen King lore in first three episodes

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 /
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Castle Rock –“Habeas Corpus” – Episode 102 — Photo by: Patrick Harbron/Hulu, Image Acquired from Hulu Press /

What we saw on the security cameras didn’t really happen and everyone is doing just fine in Shawshank. Dale narrates about all of the things that happened in the town that didn’t make the headlines. His younger brother committed suicide and now he’s followed down the same path. He’s also the one who built the cage underground.

Dale’s widow, Martha, is visited by Henry and he finds a clipping about a rabid dog and that certainly sounds a whole lot like Cujo. He also finds calendars torn to the same quote However, he doesn’t learn much else as he upsets Martha and she asks him to leave. If you’re up for another Easter egg, we meet Jackie Torrance in this episode. Certainly sounds like there’s a relation to The Shining’s Jack Torrance.

Alan tells the new warden a story about a kid that Dale Lacy locked up once upon a time and the mystery keeps building around this nameless prisoner. This prompts her to make her own visit to the cage with Reeves and they put him in a new cell with a roomie.

We see more of Henry’s dynamic with Ruth when she remembers that it’s his birthday. He’s bit surprised by the fact since her minds seems to be slipping these days. He cares for her, but you can tell he wants nothing to do with the town.

This episode also dives into Molly’s life more. She takes Percocet to help her focus. We also meet her sister, who is not happy to find out that Molly forged her signature in order to get money for her real estate business. Molly also just keeps staring at the Deaver house, which gets weirder and weirder each time she does so.

Henry’s disppearance became such a big thing that kids dressed up as him for Halloween. There’s also rumors that he lost three toes and killed his father. Even with as long as he had been gone, the town doesn’t seem to forget anything.

The unnamed prisoner tells his new cellmate not to touch him and that cellmate later ends up dead from metastatic cancer. Zalewski shoves the prisoner outside so that Henry can at least briefly see and speak to him, even if it’s from a distance.

This episode ends with a dog digging up a dead body and Dale implying that Alan is a defender of Castle Rock.