I loved it, don't get me wrong. But he didn't Spoiler kill any darlings. King's ruthlessness with his characters is a big part of what makes him my favorite author. Just like in real life, good people die in a King novel. Because of this, when a favorite character is put in peril, I can know that the peril is real and experience real fear for them. I can live with it, we're still BFFs. Can't wait for next year's offerings.