The third piece of this year's Castle Rock puzzle comes in the form of the new community center being built in the neighboring town, Jerusalem's Lot. A conflict is brewing between the Merrill family and those behind the construction of the establishment. Abdi Howlwadaag (Barkhad Abdi) is a Somali businessman directly involved with the business -- and his personal connection to Pop and Ace Merrill throws a complicated wrench into the whole thing.
Of course, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention the vampiric elephant in the room. Stephen King's Salem's Lot -- along with the prequel story, Jerusalem's Lot, and sequel tale, One for the Road -- explore a fictional town steeped in supernatural lore. It's hard to say if the new season of Castle Rock will be bringing any occult practitioners or blood-sucking freaks to the fore, but given last season's odd trip into the mystical portions of King's universe (see: thinnies and subaudibles), we wouldn't rule it out one bit.
There's a lot of fertile ground worth covering here as the town of Jerusalem's Lot is referenced in a whole bunch of King's works, including The Dead Zone, Pet Sematary, Dolores Claiborne, and Doctor Sleep. And given the fact that Howlwadaag's wife, Nadia (Yusra Warsama) is a doctor at the local hospital -- and Wilkes is a desperate nurse seeking medication to keep her mind right -- something tells us the two will end up connecting sooner than later, dragging Annie Wilkes deeper into the terrible trappings of Castle Rock, Maine.