Hulu’s CASTLE ROCK has always explored identity and family dynamics, but never like it does in the second season. The characters of Abdi Howlwadaag (Barkhad Abdi) and Dr. Nadia Howlwadaag (Yusra Warsama) are as captivating as they are necessary in today’s world.

If you haven’t seen the first three episodes of the new season yet, don’t worry. The following is spoiler-free.


Abdi and Nadia are two of the original character to the CASTLE ROCK story, which makes them interesting right off the bat. They’re two Somali people who were displaced by conflict and brought to Castle Rock. Pop Merrill took them in and raised them, much to the chagrin of Ace and Chris (mostly Ace.) The two have very different relationships with Pop. As Abdi and Warsama explain, Pop was most likely a little tougher on the boy than the girl. Through everything, these two siblings have remained close.

The actors tell us that their characters are unique in that they were not born in Castle Rock. To them, it’s “a reluctant home.” Perhaps this will make the happenings around Jerusalem’s Lot even more trying? Warsama says that her character certainly has to deal with her more logical brain when faced with the supernatural. She is a doctor, after all.

In the first three episodes, Dr. H also has a lot of interaction with Annie Wilkes (Lizzie Caplan). Warsama also discusses working with Caplan, and playing off such an iconic, memorable character.

Adbi, on the other hand, has to contend with Ace and Pop throughout the first few episodes. The tension between these family members affects everyone else in the story and maybe even opens a door for the supernatural element to come in.

Most importantly, Warsama discusses the importance of telling the stories of refugees and displaced people, especially right now.

To see what Abdi and Warsama had to say about this, check out the full, spoiler-free interview above.

The first three episodes of CASTLE ROCK are streaming now on Hulu. You can catch new episodes every Wednesday.


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