Castle Rock season 1, episode 7 puts the spotlight on Ruth Deaver

Castle Rock -- "The Queen" - Episode 107 - Memories haunt Ruth Deaver. Ruth Deaver (Sissy Spacek), shown. (Photo by: Dana Starbard/Hulu)
Castle Rock -- "The Queen" - Episode 107 - Memories haunt Ruth Deaver. Ruth Deaver (Sissy Spacek), shown. (Photo by: Dana Starbard/Hulu) /
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Ruth Deaver is the center of attention in this week’s new episode of Castle Rock. The show dives deeper into her character in fantastic fashion.

Castle Rock takes a brief step back in time to move the story forward in a Ruth-focused episode this week. “The Queen” shows us moments from Ruth’s past that include Henry and Matthew, but also more recent past events with Alan. In the previous episode, Ruth told Wendell about what she uses the chess pieces for and we see that at work in this episode.

This episode isn’t all that nice to the dogs involved in it. Some of it was a little hard to watch, but it’s an important part of the story as we’re lead to believe that Matthew poisoned Henry’s dog. Ruth also sees a dog that they no longer have since it was hit by a truck. Did I mention they weren’t all too kind to the dogs? It’s brutal on both accounts.

Some footage from previous episodes is reused throughout “The Queen.” However, it never once feels like filler. It all goes towards telling us more about Ruth. In many of the scenes, we previously followed other characters and now we’re seeing everything from Ruth’s perspective and what she was doing at the time.

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Secrets are also revealed in this episode as Ruth admits to Molly that she was aware that she’s the one who pulled out Matthew’s tubes and killed him. We also see that a young Alan offered to get Ruth and Henry out of town while she was still married to Matthew. That obviously doesn’t end up happening, but it does give us more insight into just how long Alan has had feelings for Ruth.

Meanwhile, in the present day, Ruth is trying desperately to get away from the Kid, who is acting and talking like Matthew would. She gets the gun, but doesn’t have the bullets for it (they’re buried with the dog in the suitcase). Ruth sends Wendell out of the house and he is a bit reluctant to leave her alone with the Kid. However, he does go and her struggle continues.

We get a moment that brings back shades of Carrie as Ruth washes off blood after mistakenly shooting Alan, which she’s unaware of. She’s under the impression that she shot the Kid and everything is going to be just fine. The episode ends with a flashback to the moment Alan came back to take care of Ruth.

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This episode is a fascinating piece of television. So far, it’s been the most interesting thing that Castle Rock has done with any of the characters. Even though we saw a focus on Henry quite a bit in the previous episode, this episode goes beyond what that one did. Sissy Spacek shines in this episode and it’s a highlight of the season.

Castle Rock airs on Wednesdays on Hulu.