HBO's Stephen King Miniseries The Outsider Teases a Most Peculiar Murder Case

Cynthia Erivo as Holly Gibney.
Cynthia Erivo as Holly Gibney.
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You didn’t think HBO was going to just sit back and let the raging river of Stephen King adaptations pass it by, did you?

The network’s adaptation of King’s 2018 novel The Outsider just dropped its first teaser, and along with a glimpse of its incredible cast (Ben Mendelsohn, Jason Bateman, Cynthia Erivo) we get a taste of the high-profile child murder case that’ll bedevil Mendelsohn’s Georgia cop.

There are definite True Detective vibes here, but the unexplainable aspects of the crime, along with Erivo’s character, deeply intuitive private investigator Holly Gibney—who also appears in Mr. Mercedes, albeit played by a different actor—look to lend the 10-episode tale a bit of supernatural flavor, too.

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The Outsider premieres January 18 on HBO.


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DISCUSSION

This was yet another Stephen King book with a perfect central conceit, scenes of actual terror (like when the Officer slowly goes into the barn even when he does not want to) and a great depiction of a normal family getting utterly destroyed by evil and by grief, let down by a completely shite ending.

I don’t understand King, how can be so good and yet so mediocre within the same book!