When you’re expecting answers, “Castle Rock” instead asks new questions.
Last night’s “Castle Rock” was an interesting episode, to say the very least. Rather than finding out more about “The Kid,” as last week’s episode kinda-sorta suggested we would, ‘Filter’ instead focused primarily on Henry Deaver’s story, particularly his attempts to find out what actually happened to him (and his father) as a child. On that road to self discovery, we met Henry’s son, Wendell Deaver (played by IT star Chosen Jacobs), and Henry finally learned that it was actually a young Molly who killed his father; as she claims, Henry wanted him dead.
But the episode’s most crazy bananas revelation came towards the end of the episode, when Henry came upon two men in the woods he and his father used to prowl around. There he met Willie and Odin Branch, a young man and a deaf older man who together inform Henry that the crippling ringing he’s been having in his ear isn’t exactly tinnitus or, well, anything of this world.
As it turns out, Castle Rock is an even stranger place than we realized.
Odin, with Willie as his translator, explains to Henry that he knew Henry’s late father, and that his father believed “the voice of God” could be heard in Castle Rock.
“Most people can’t hear it at all,” Odin tells Henry. “Some hear it once… and never again. A lucky few hear it constantly… practically deafened by it. There are geographic variations, naturally. Quiet in some places… much louder in others. The ancients called it ‘the music of the spheres.’ Of course, I have a more scientific view. The nature of the schisma, is the preferred nomenclature now. I have advanced degrees in bio, and psycho acoustics. Best I can tell, the schisma is actually nanoscale turbulences, caused by cochlear quantum totalities abrading in parallel. Other heres, other nows. All possible pasts, all possible presents. Schisma is the sound of the universe… trying to reconcile them.”
He continues, “To some listeners, the schisma sounds like a ringing in the ears. See, the sound may come and go, but the schisma is eternal. It’s eternal and everywhere, underlying all space-time. But it has been getting louder again, Henry. It hasn’t risen to these levels in decades. The problem is, no matter how strong the signal, the world is noise. Auditory distraction. So even those lucky enough to hear the schisma have to clarify, amplify. And of course, the most committed of us… do more.”
Odin goes on to tell Henry that his father had conceived a device before his death that he never got to build, but that Odin has. Essentially, it’s a padded room that shuts out *all* noise, allowing those with the ability to hear the schisma to hear it loud and clear. It’s called “The Filter,” and Henry’s father believed the schematics were delivered from God himself.
“What you hear now is just a rumor. What you’ll here in The Filter is… truth.”
As for Odin, he purposely made himself deaf so that he’d be able to receive messages from the schisma at all times, and his plan is to “correct” Willie for the same purpose.
Now that’s some hardcore J.J. Abrams meets Stephen King insanity to unpack, eh? The “schisma” isn’t actually present in any of King’s stories, so at this point it’s pretty impossible to know what the hell is actually going on in Castle Rock. Are different realities and times bleeding together, kind of like Abrams’ own Cloverfield Universe? Is “The Kid” some sort of inhuman being from another place and time, brought into Castle Rock by whatever strange shit is going on out there in the woods? Is it possible that’s he actually “IT,” as we theorized last week?
One thing is for certain, and it’s that “Castle Rock” loves to dangle wild ideas and questions in front of our faces and then make us wait for the answers. At this point, six episodes deep, we really still don’t have *any* answers, not even to questions posed in the very first episode. And with only four left to go, we can’t help but wonder if we’ll ever truly get them.
So what’s all this about schismas? Any theories? Are they about to go full Dark Tower?