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‘Locke and Key’ Season 2 Details
Locke & Key is an uneven adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez’s comic book series—and like so many Netflix originals, its first season was about two episodes longer than necessary. But the show makes for a bingeable midwinter watch, and this tale of kids growing up in a creepy, magical old house will have to tide us over until Umbrella Academy returns for its second season.
The show tells the story of the Locke children, who move with their mother into the childhood home of their late father, Rendell. There, they find a series of magical keys that can pull off an array of feats, including fixing broken items, allowing their owner to control the actions of others, and opening doors to any location in the world. The Locke siblings at first use the keys to get into the expected kid hijinks—grade schooler Bode uses the Anywhere Key to teleport from his house to the local ice cream store, while teenager Kinsey uses the Music Box key to force her high school’s resident mean girl to publicly humiliate herself. But a demon named Dodge is trying to collect the keys, so Bode, Kinsey, and their older brother, Taylor, team up to save their family and protect their magical new home.
The season resolves most of the show’s mysteries, but leaves a major door open to a season two. After the big showdown with Dodge, the Lockes and their friends think that they’ve successfully vanquished the demon by tossing her through the Black Door, a gateway to an ominous-seeming other world located deep in a watery cave. But they’re very mistaken: as the show painstakingly illustrates in a series of flashbacks at the end of the finale, the real Dodge used the Identity Key on Ellie, one of Rendell’s childhood friends. The key altered Ellie’s appearance, and made her look exactly like Dodge. The kids then threw Ellie through the Black Door, believing her to be the demon. Dodge also regularly used the identity key on herself, and it was revealed that Kinsey’s love interest Gabe had actually been a disguised Dodge all along. The season ends with Gabe/Dodge sitting in a diner with the Lockes’ classmate Eden, who was—again, unbeknownst to our heroes—possessed by a demon who entered her body when the kids opened the Black Door.
It’s all a bit frustrating. No one at the kids’ school realized that Gabe wasn’t a real student? The Lockes all know that people can be possessed by demons when the Black Door opens—that’s how Dodge was created in the first place—but they didn’t think to, I don’t know, do a demonic tick check after opening the Door, just to make sure no one came back evil? But even if it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, the finale does set things up for a second season. Though the show seems to have been a hit, Netflix hasn’t made any announcements about the series. Still, in an interview with Collider, Locke & Key showrunners Carlton Cuse and Meredith Averill suggested that the show’s future was looking pretty bright.
“Although Netflix has not picked up season two and their policy is not to do that until they have 30 days of data on the show, they have paid for a writers’ room,” Cuse told Collider. “We’re in the middle of writing season two so we’re optimistic and hopeful that we’re gonna get a chance to make season two. We very much know what it is because Meredith and I are in the middle of overseeing the writers’ room and we’re working on that right now.”
Joe Hill (looking very much like his dad, Stephen King) and Gabriel Rodriguez made cameo appearances as paramedics in the Netflix adaptation of their comic series Locke & Key.
Newsweek pointed out that Cuse might not be entirely correct regarding Netflix’s so-called 30 day policy—Sex Education’s season three renewal was announced just 24 days after season two dropped. But if there is such a policy in place (perhaps for shows that, like Locke & Key, are making their initial debut), it means we won’t know for sure if the Locke family will be returning until at least March 9th.
And it sounds like Averill and Cuse are ready for that season two announcement, when and if it comes. “So many possibilities arose from what we did in season one that we have a pretty good road map for season two, so hopefully we get an official pick-up,” Cuse told Entertainment Weekly. “Once we finish season two, that will tell us about the longevity of the show overall. Right now it feels like, our goal is nothing less than making season two even better than season one. I think that’s an achievable goal.”
Gabrielle Bruney is a writer and editor for Esquire, where she focuses on politics and culture.