Locke & Key (TV series)

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Locke & Key
Locke & Key (TV series) Title Card.png
Genre
Based onLocke & Key
by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
Developed by
Starring
Music byTorin Borrowdale
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Ra'uf Glasgow
  • Kevin Lafferty (season 1)
  • Nishpeksh Mehra
Production locations
Cinematography
Editors
  • Matthew V. Colonna
  • Lilly Urban
  • Paul Trejo
  • Andrew Behrens
  • Philip Fowler
  • Josh Beal
  • Anna Hauger
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time40–56 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseFebruary 7, 2020 (2020-02-07) –
present (present)
External links
Official website

Locke & Key is a 2020 American fantasy horror drama streaming television series[1][2] developed by Carlton Cuse, Meredith Averill, and Aron Eli Coleite, based on the comic-book series of the same name by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez. It premiered on Netflix on February 7, 2020.[3] The series stars Darby Stanchfield, Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones, Jackson Robert Scott, Laysla De Oliveira, Petrice Jones, and Griffin Gluck.

In March 2020, Netflix announced that the series had been renewed for a second season which premiered on October 22, 2021.[4][5] In December 2020, ahead of the second season premiere, the series was renewed for a third season.[6]

Premise[edit]

After Rendell Locke is murdered at the hands of former student Sam Lesser, his wife Nina decides to move with her three children, Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode, from Seattle to Matheson, Massachusetts, and take residence in Rendell's family home, Keyhouse. The children soon discover a number of mysterious keys throughout the house that can be used to unlock various doors in magical ways. They soon become aware, though, of a demonic entity that is also searching for the keys for its own malevolent purposes.[7]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Darby Stanchfield as Nina Locke, the Locke family matriarch
  • Connor Jessup as Tyler Locke, the Locke family's eldest son
  • Emilia Jones as Kinsey Locke, the Locke family's middle child and only daughter
  • Jackson Robert Scott as Bode Locke, the Locke family's youngest son
  • Petrice Jones as Scot Cavendish, a British student filmmaker at Matheson Academy and a love interest of Kinsey's.
  • Laysla De Oliveira as Dodge (season 1, guest season 2),[a] the "well lady" of Keyhouse who is revealed to be a demonic entity
  • Griffin Gluck as Gabe (seasons 1–2), Dodge's male form who poses as a student at Matheson Academy and is a love interest of Kinsey's.
  • Aaron Ashmore as Duncan Locke (season 2,[8] recurring season 1), Rendell's younger brother
  • Hallea Jones as Eden Hawkins (season 2,[8] recurring season 1), Jackie's best friend who is possessed by a demon at the end of the first season
  • Brendan Hines as Josh Bennett (season 2),[8] a teacher at Matheson Academy and a love interest of Nina's. He is a descendant of Frederick Gideon.

Recurring[edit]

  • Bill Heck as Rendell Locke, the deceased Locke family patriarch
  • Sherri Saum as Ellie Whedon, a physical education teacher at Matheson Academy and an old friend of Rendell's who dated Lucas back in high school
  • Thomas Mitchell Barnet as Sam Lesser, Rendell's student who shoots and kills Rendell
  • Kevin Alves as Javi (seasons 1–2), Tyler's friend who is on the hockey team with him at Matheson Academy
  • Genevieve Kang as Jackie Veda (seasons 1–2), Tyler's crush and eventual girlfriend
  • Joy Tanner as Erin Voss (seasons 1–2), Rendell's former girlfriend and one of the Keepers of the Keys. She was accidentally trapped inside of her own head for 23 years.
  • Kolton Stewart as Brinker Martin, Javi's friend
  • Asha Bromfield as Zadie Wells, one of Scot's friends
  • Jesse Camacho as Doug Brazelle, one of Scot's friends
  • Eric Graise as Logan Calloway, a student at Matheson Academy
  • Felix Mallard as Lucas "Dodge" Caravaggio,[b] Rendell's best friend from high school, Ellie's first love, and the host of Dodge
  • Steven Williams as Joe Ridgeway (season 1), the dean of 11th grade and Tyler's English teacher at Matheson Academy
  • Coby Bird as Rufus Whedon, Ellie's adopted son and the groundskeeper of Keyhouse. He is fascinated by the army and weapons.
  • Kevin Durand as Frederick Gideon (season 2),[9] a captain in the British Army during the American Revolutionary War who was the first person to discover the portal behind the Black Door and become possessed. At the end of the second season, he is summoned to Earth as an echo by Eden.
  • Liyou Abere as Jamie Bennett (season 2),[8] Josh's daughter and Bode's best friend

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
110February 7, 2020 (2020-02-07)
210October 22, 2021 (2021-10-22)

Season 1 (2020)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Welcome to Matheson"Michael MorrisJoe Hill & Aron Eli ColeiteFebruary 7, 2020 (2020-02-07)
A man, after receiving a phone call, takes a key and inserts it in his chest, causing himself and his house to be incinerated. Three months later, the Locke family relocates to Matheson, Massachusetts, after family patriarch Rendell's murder. They move into Keyhouse, Rendell's ancestral home, with the help of Rendell's younger brother Duncan. Youngest Locke son Bode comes across the well house, where he hears the voice of a woman claiming to be his echo. As eldest son Tyler and daughter Kinsey start school, Bode explores Keyhouse and hears strange whispers that lead him to magical keys hidden throughout the house. He finds the Anywhere Key, which can be used on any door to travel to any place he has seen, and the Mirror Key, which opens a portal to a dimension within any mirror. The Locke children's mother, Nina, becomes trapped in the mirror dimension. Echo tells Bode she can save his mom if he gives her the Anywhere Key. He does so, but she uses the key to escape the well house. Tyler and Kinsey arrive in time to help Nina out from the mirror. Echo meets with Sam Lesser, currently in prison for having killed Rendell.
22"Trapper / Keeper"Michael MorrisLiz PhangFebruary 7, 2020 (2020-02-07)
The Locke children find their mother has no recollection of being trapped in the mirror dimension. At school, Tyler becomes interested in Jackie, while Kinsey struggles to fit in until she meets Scot and others of the "Savini squad", who are trying to make a budget horror film, and cautiously joins them. Bode fears that Echo may come back and bonds with Rufus, the young Keyhouse groundskeeper. With help from Rufus, Bode tries to set a trap for Echo, but when she returns after using the Anywhere Key to travel the world, she sees right through it and warns Bode not to disappoint her. Bode finds another key, and after seeing a keyhole appear on the back of a store clerk's neck, tries to use it on himself just as Tyler and Kinsey arrive home. They find that Bode has used the Head Key, allowing them to enter a representation of his mind.
33"Head Games"Tim SouthamMeredith AverillFebruary 7, 2020 (2020-02-07)
Tyler and Kinsey go with Bode into his mind, which resembles a fantastical arcade, and Bode shows them a memory of Rendell. Echo travels to the burned-down home where the man killed himself with a key, and she recovers the undamaged key. After a hockey game, Tyler finds one of the school bullies hitting on Kinsey, and he beats the bully up due to repressed guilt, a decision that gets him in trouble with teacher Joe Ridgeway. The next day, Tyler lets Kinsey use the Head Key to enter her mind, manifested as a distorted shopping mall, to find more memories of their father. The two are chased by a representation of Kinsey's fear before they escape. Meanwhile, Bode finds the Ghost Key, which frees his soul from his body and allows him to speak to other ghosts, including his great-great-grandfather Chamberlin Locke, who mentions Rendell and Duncan had visited him often when they were younger. Nina goes out for dinner with Ellie, Rendell's old friend and Rufus's mother, and when Nina mentions Bode searching the well house, Ellie becomes gravely concerned. Kinsey skips a date with Scot to use the Head Key on herself, later dragging the representation of her fear out of her mind and burying it. Hidden from view, Echo is secretly watching Kinsey in the woods.
44"The Keepers of the Keys"Tim SouthamMackenzie DohrFebruary 7, 2020 (2020-02-07)
Kinsey has become more open and engaging at school the next day; she tells Tyler she had used the Head Key to take out the manifestation of her fear from her mind. Talking more with Ellie, Nina learns that most of Rendell's friends are dead, with Mark Cho recently killed in a house fire; outside of Ellie, only Erin Voss is alive, but she lives in a psychiatric facility. Ellie helps Nina tear down a wall put up in the house's basement to block a recreation room, where Nina finds an old cabinet. Kinsey invites Scot back to her house and uses the Head Key to show him her mind, where they share a kiss. The next evening, Echo appears and tries to take the Head Key from Bode, but Bode realizes that she can only take it if he willingly gives it to her. Echo disappears and returns to Sam, giving him the Matchstick Key retrieved from Mark's house and instructions on what to do next.
55"Family Tree"Mark Tonderai-HodgesAndres Fischer-CentenoFebruary 7, 2020 (2020-02-07)
Tyler and Kinsey are drawn to another hidden key, which they find is the Music Box Key; when inserted into a music box, it allows the wielder to control a person's actions. At school, Eden insults Scot, and to get back at her, Kinsey and Gabe use the Music Box Key on her, which Tyler sees when her embarrassing actions are caught on social media. Tyler warns Kinsey about abusing the keys' powers, not wanting to draw attention. That evening, Tyler and Kinsey hear more whispering and find the Plant Key in the graveyard. When they use it on a nearby tree, several jars are uprooted from the ground. The jars contain memories from Duncan's childhood, and they find one of a young Rendell beating his friend Lucas to death. Meanwhile, Nina becomes suspicious of a scar on Ellie's chest that is identical to one Rendell had. However, Ellie refuses to say anything about it. Later, Nina receives a message from Joe, saying he had seen something strange and needed to show it to her. When she arrives at his house, she finds him dead by suffocation and immediately calls the police. Unbeknownst to Nina, Ellie is hiding outside of Joe's house.
66"The Black Door"Mark Tonderai-HodgesBrett Treacy & Dan WoodwardFebruary 7, 2020 (2020-02-07)
Nina attempts to convince the police that Ridgeway did not kill himself, but fails. Kinsey confronts Duncan about the memories, but he has no recollection of any of the events, except vaguely remembering some caves near the shore line. Kinsey convinces the Savini squad to film in those caves as a pretext to explore further. Within, she finds a door in the shape of an omega symbol, known as the Black Door. As the tide quickly rises, Kinsey has to be dragged away from the door by her friends, and they all flee to escape the cave. Scot is furious with her, but Gabe considers her actions brave and starts to get closer to her. Echo goes to a party where Tyler is getting drunk and angering Jackie. As Tyler storms out, Echo introduces herself as Dodge to him and starts flirting with him. Sam uses the Matchstick Key Dodge gave him to burn down the prison and escape, making his way to Keyhouse.
77"Dissection"Dawn WilkinsonMichael D. FullerFebruary 7, 2020 (2020-02-07)
In flashbacks, Sam is being consoled by Rendell. While waiting alone, Sam sees a picture of Keyhouse with Dodge taunting him to read Rendell's reports, which depict Sam as having mental-health issues. Feeling betrayed by the Lockes, it is implied this is what led to his murder of Rendell. In the present, Sam takes the Lockes hostage, demanding they turn over the Head Key. Kinsey claims it is buried outside, directing him to where she buried her fear monster. During Sam's absence, Tyler helps free Nina, and when Sam returns after overpowering Kinsey's fear, Tyler uses the Head Key on him. Sam's inner self is apologetic. Tyler realizes he did not cause his own father's death when Sam explains Rendell's murder was not planned and that he simply wanted to find the keys for Dodge. Sam removes the Head Key from his own neck just as Dodge appears. She stabs him and takes all of the keys from him before disappearing. As police arrive, Sam tries to leave through a door, realizing too late that it was unlocked with the Ghost Key, and his ethereal form is separated from his now dead body.
88"Ray of F**king Sunshine"Dawn WilkinsonVanessa RojasFebruary 7, 2020 (2020-02-07)
Nina begins drinking in the wake of recent events, which causes her to start to remember some of the events involving the keys. She uses the Mending Key, which allows a cabinet to restore damaged objects to their original form. Tyler and Kinsey feel that while having these memories may be helpful, they would rather have Nina sober and convince her to stop drinking. Tyler and Kinsey travel to the cave with the Black Door and find a list of the "Keepers of the Keys" written on the wall that includes Rendell and his friends. Kinsey decides to visit Erin at the facility where she lives. Dodge beats her there and uses the Head Key to find the location of the Omega Key from Erin. By the time Kinsey arrives, Erin identifies Dodge as Lucas, one of Rendell's old friends. Dodge, having taken the form of Lucas using the Identity Key, is staying with Ellie and Rufus. After Nina smashes the urn containing Rendell's ashes in a fit of rage, Tyler locates the Omega Key among the ashes, because Rendell had hidden it inside of his own head.
99"Echoes"Vincenzo NataliMeredith Averill & Liz PhangFebruary 7, 2020 (2020-02-07)
The Locke children confront Ellie about Lucas, and she explains that years prior, her boyfriend Lucas (nicknamed Dodge) had been possessed by something that came through the Black Door and had killed two of their friends before Rendell killed him. Ellie and her friends hid all evidence of this, including removing Duncan's memories, and split up and hid the keys to prevent anyone from using them again. However, years later, still longing for Lucas, Ellie used the Echo Key at the well house to try to bring him back, only to bring back the entity that had possessed him – "Dodge" – instead. Ellie had called Mark about Rendell's murder so that he would use the Matchstick Key to immolate himself and keep the mapped locations of the other keys from Dodge. Once Dodge escaped the well house, she turned back into Lucas's form to live with Ellie and Rufus, coercing Ellie to steal the Crown of Shadows from Keyhouse. In the present day, Ellie and Rufus take the Shadow Key and go back to their house to retrieve the crown. Dodge is back at their house, though, waiting for them, and he takes the Shadow Key from Ellie to use for himself.
1010"Crown of Shadows"Vincenzo NataliCarlton Cuse & Meredith AverillFebruary 7, 2020 (2020-02-07)
Now possessing both the Shadow Key and the Crown of Shadows, Dodge is able to conjure powerful shadow monsters, and she sends them to attack Keyhouse in search of the Omega Key. After Bode destroys Dodge's shadow using the Matchstick Key, Dodge is found unconscious. Tyler and Kinsey send her back through the Black Door with the help of Scot, Gabe, Jackie, and Eden. Bode finds Rufus injured but alive, but discovers no sign of Ellie. Rufus is sent to live with his aunt and uncle in Nebraska. The Lockes decide to stay in Matheson, and Kinsey starts dating Gabe, unaware that he is another form of Dodge; Dodge had used the Identity Key to change Ellie's form into Dodge's, and Ellie was the one who was thrown through the Black Door. Eden is also now possessed, having been hit by one of the demonic bullets while the door was open.

Season 2 (2021)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [5]
111"The Premiere"Mark TonderaiMeredith Averill & Carlton CuseOctober 22, 2021 (2021-10-22)
Gabe and Eden go into the sea caves to obtain Whispering Iron. Bode tests out a new key called the Hercules Key, which gives the user superhuman strength, and he discovers a mysterious giant rat skull in Keyhouse. Duncan moves into Keyhouse with the rest of the Locke family while his fiancé Brian is staying in Tokyo for six months. Gabe and Eden take over a cabin in the woods as their operating base. That night, the premiere of the Savini squad's movie The Splattering is being held at a local theater. Scot appears at the premiere after secluding himself for most of the summer, editing the film. At the after-party, Scot tells Kinsey that he applied for a film program at Rochester College in England and that he would be moving away very shortly if they accept him. Jackie starts forgetting the magic of the keys, as her eighteenth birthday is quickly approaching, which greatly concerns Tyler. Gabe and Eden meltdown the Whispering Iron they obtained to make a key of their own.
122"The Head and the Heart"Mark TonderaiLiz PhangOctober 22, 2021 (2021-10-22)
Gabe and Eden test out their newly made key, but it does not have the effects they desired, and they only have enough Whispering Iron to make one more key. Nina starts her new job renovating the school theater at Matheson Academy, where she meets history teacher Josh Bennett. Bode becomes friends with a new girl at school named Jamie, and he tells her about the keys. When Nina picks up Bode from school, she finds out that Jamie is Josh's daughter. Gabe visits Keyhouse, and Bode gives him the Ghost Key so he can try it out. As a ghost, Gabe visits Chamberlin Locke and asks him how to make a key. Chamberlin tells him he must infuse the key with the intention of what he wants it to do, and he must also offer a drop of blood as a sacrifice. Kinsey and Tyler visit Erin at the psychiatric hospital and use the Head Key on her so they can find a way for adults to remember magic. While inside Erin's head, they find a younger version of herself who has been trapped inside for twenty-three years. After freeing the second Erin from her head, Erin finally regains consciousness.
133"Small World"Mairzee AlmasMackenzie DohrOctober 22, 2021 (2021-10-22)
Twenty-three years ago, a housekeeper at Keyhouse finds Erin using the Head Key and accidentally dislodges it, inadvertently trapping Erin inside of her own head. In the present, Erin moves into Keyhouse until her trust fund comes through. Bode finds the Small World Key, and when he visits Jamie at her house, she shows him that she has a dollhouse version of Keyhouse. They figure out that when the Small World Key is inserted into the dollhouse, anything that occurs in the dollhouse also happens in the real Keyhouse. At school, Gabe attempts to drive a wedge between Kinsey and Scot by having Eden use the Music Box Key to control Scot to attack him. When Eden returns the music box to Keyhouse, she inadvertently leaves the Anywhere Key behind, which is recovered by Duncan. Later that day, a spider crawls into the dollhouse, becoming giant in the real Keyhouse and wreaking havoc before Jamie kills it. Gabe and Eden make their second attempt at making their key, but the key explodes, ruining their last piece of Whispering Iron. Erin reveals to Tyler and Kinsey that they had Duncan create a key that made adults remember magic before they removed his memories. Feeling guilty about her actions, Erin has Tyler return Duncan's memories to him using the Head Key.
144"Forget Me Not"Mairzee AlmasVanessa RojasOctober 22, 2021 (2021-10-22)
Duncan struggles to adjust to the return of his lost memories, resulting in extreme mood swings and hallucinations, causing the Lockes and Erin to realize that his best chance at a full recovery is to find the Memory Key. As a present for Jackie's eighteenth birthday, Tyler brings Jackie to Bath, England using the Anywhere Key. However, she soon forgets the magic, and she becomes disoriented and wants to go home. Gabe, realizing that Chamberlin had lied to him, uses the Ghost Key once again to confront him. While he is distracted, Sam's ghost tries to take over Gabe's body. However, Gabe manages to eject Sam out of his body, leaving him trapped as a ghost once again. Kinsey concentrates to retrieve the embodiment of her fear, and she puts it back into her head. Josh holds a dorm social that night, and he reveals to some of his students that his ancestor was a soldier in the British Army during the American Revolutionary War. Seeing that Josh has a piece of Whispering Iron, Gabe steals it, but earns Kinsey's mistrust in the process due to his strange behavior around Eden. Desperate to find the Memory Key, Erin digs up her long-buried last memory of Rendell, which reveals that he had hidden the key somewhere at Matheson Academy.
155"Past is Prologue"Carlton CuseMeredith AverillOctober 22, 2021 (2021-10-22)
Gabe visits Keyhouse in search of the music box in order to force Kinsey to make his key for him. In the process, Gabe learns of their efforts to restore Duncan's memories and becomes interested in Duncan's ability to make keys. Tyler searches Matheson Academy for the Memory Key with the help of Gabe and Logan, finally finding it underneath a bench with the use of the Hercules Key. Meanwhile, Bode uses the Anywhere Key to visit Rufus in Nebraska, where he learns from Rufus that there were two Dodges on the night of the shadow attack on Keyhouse. Nina has dinner with Josh, and when she leaves, Josh notices that his Whispering Iron is missing. Kinsey attends a party where she makes some amends with Scot before Eden's strange behavior prompts Kinsey, and later Scot, to enter Eden's mind using the Head Key. From Eden's memories, Kinsey and Scot learn that Eden is a demon and that Gabe is Dodge. Tyler and Erin use the Memory Key on Duncan, successfully reintegrating his lost memories before Kinsey arrives with the distressing news about Gabe and Eden. At that moment, Gabe suddenly arrives at the front door of Keyhouse.
166"The Maze"Mairzee AlmasKimi Howl LeeOctober 22, 2021 (2021-10-22)
Gabe asks Kinsey and Tyler how things went with Duncan and the Memory Key, but they tell him the key did not work and that he should leave. Later, Bode comes back from Nebraska and tells Tyler and Kinsey that there were two Dodges on the night of the shadow attack, and they figure out that they must have thrown Ellie through the Black Door instead of Dodge. The next day, Bode and Duncan hear whispering, which leads them to the Chain Key. Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode then arrive at the annual Winter Fest, where they pretend to not suspect Gabe until they are able to formulate a plan. Tyler tells Jackie he can use the Memory Key on her so that she can remember all the magic of the keys again, but Jackie refuses, believing it is better to move on and leave that in the past. Erin takes the Chain Key for herself so she can defeat Dodge on her own. Erin confronts Gabe in the Snow Maze, but he chokes her to death and buries her using the Plant Key. The Lockes see this, and they realize they must take matters into their own hands. Kinsey calls Gabe and tells him that the Memory Key finally worked for Duncan and that he should come over the next day.
177"Best Laid Plans"Millicent SheltonMichael D. FullerOctober 22, 2021 (2021-10-22)
Duncan, Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode hold a memorial ceremony for Erin in the woods. Scot then arrives at Keyhouse, and the group discusses their plan to defeat Dodge. Gabe and Eden arrive with the false impression that they will be filming the sequel to The Splattering, and while Gabe is filming with Scot and Kinsey, Tyler uses the Anywhere Key on a nearby door to lead to the well house, where Gabe will be destroyed. Kinsey attempts to push Gabe across the threshold using the Hercules Key, but Gabe uses the Chain Key to escape. Gabe then cuts all ties with Eden and uses the Anywhere Key to go to his cabin, taking Duncan and Bode with him. Gabe orders Duncan to make him his key, or else he will kill Bode. Tyler, Kinsey, and Scot find the address of the cabin from food receipts that Eden left behind, and they drive over there to help Duncan and Bode. Duncan successfully creates Gabe's key, which turns anyone it is used on into a demon slave to Dodge. They test it on Javi, and Gabe lets Duncan and Bode go, but he then orders Javi to go kill them. Tyler, Kinsey, and Scot manage to arrive just in time to rescue Duncan and Bode, and they all drive back home.
188"Irons in the Fire"Millicent SheltonJordan RiggsOctober 22, 2021 (2021-10-22)
In 1775, Captain Frederick Gideon raids Keyhouse, which is being used by the Continental Army to build and hide weapons for the American Revolutionary War. Peter Locke is killed by Gideon, who is then forced to flee to the seaside caves when the local militia intervenes. Gideon's touch causes a portal to open in the caves, infecting both Gideon and another soldier with demons. Gideon is captured and hanged for his crimes, but he warns that the evil isn't over yet. Using some of the Whispering Iron left behind, Benjamin Locke crafts the Black Door and the Omega Key to seal away the portal. In the present, the Lockes attempt to protect their remaining friends from Gabe as he uses his new Demon Key to turn people into demons. However, their efforts fail as Gabe turns Jackie into a demon. Tyler decides that they must craft a new key that can "unlock" the demon from a host's soul and finds some Whispering Iron hidden in his father's old fishing lure. With only Tyler hearing the whispers from the metal, Duncan reveals that Tyler must craft this new key himself under the guidance of Duncan.
199"Alpha & Omega"Mark TonderaiMeredith Averill & Liz PhangOctober 22, 2021 (2021-10-22)
Gabe visits Kinsey and threatens to kill Nina unless Kinsey willingly turns into a demon. Meanwhile, Eden manipulates Josh into going with her to the Black Door, and she kills Javi after catching him spying on her, taking the Anywhere Key from him. Sam's ghost leads Kinsey and Scot to a new key, the Angel Key, although they mistakenly believe him to be Chamberlin. Under the guidance of Duncan, Tyler crafts a new key, the Alpha Key, to "unlock" the demon from a person's soul. Eden leads Josh to the Black Door, intending to turn him into a demon and build her own army against Dodge. However, Gabe shows up and uses the Crown of Shadows to bring down the cave, opening the Black Door in the process. Bode and Jamie rescue Josh using the Hercules Key, and he quickly loses his memory of the incident. Tyler confronts Jackie in the woods near Gabe's cliffside house and uses the Alpha Key on her, releasing the demon from her body. However, she suddenly starts bleeding liquid metal from her eyes and dies in Tyler's arms moments later as a side effect of the key. At the Black Door, Ellie, still in the form of Dodge, awakens from a pile of boulders, shuts the door, and quickly flees from the collapsing cave.
2010"Cliffhanger"Mark TonderaiCarlton Cuse & Meredith AverillOctober 22, 2021 (2021-10-22)
While Tyler, Duncan, and Scot sneak into Gabe's house to steal the Demon Key, Kinsey refuses Gabe's offer and escapes with the Angel Key, which gives her wings. Tyler uses the Alpha Key to kill Mutuku and several other demons before Duncan discovers that, as the creator of the Demon Key, he can control the demons; he turns them against Dodge, who destroys the house with the Plant Key. As Dodge and Kinsey fight, Tyler sneaks up on Dodge and kills the demon with the Alpha Key. The real Lucas emerges from the wreckage and returns the stolen keys. As an echo, he has survived his separation from Dodge. Ellie is reunited with Lucas and restored to her true form. Later, Tyler leaves on a road trip and decides not to use the Memory Key so that he can live a normal life. Ellie reunites with Rufus in Nebraska. The Savini squad holds a send-off party for Scot before he leaves for school in England. Bode uses the Head Key on Nina to show her happy memories of Rendell. She wants to remember magic, and Bode, revealing the Memory Key, tells her she can. Eden recovers the Echo Key from Gabe's dorm room and uses it to summon Gideon, who then throws Eden down the well and escapes using the Anywhere Key.

Production[edit]

Background[edit]

Locke & Key was originally developed as a television series by the Fox broadcast network during the 2010–11 television season by DreamWorks Television and 20th Century Fox Television with Josh Friedman writing the pilot script adaptation. Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci served as executive producers for the pilot, which starred Mark Pellegrino, Miranda Otto, Jesse McCartney, Sarah Bolger, Skylar Gaertner, and Nick Stahl. The pilot was not given a series order by Fox, though it was screened at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con. At the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, a feature-film trilogy was announced through Universal Pictures with Kurtzman and Orci expected to serve as executive producers.[10]

Development[edit]

On May 9, 2016, IDW Entertainment was reported to be developing a television-series adaptation of Locke & Key again. The novel's writer, Joe Hill, was expected to write the production's pilot and serve as an executive producer. The project was being developed in association with Circle of Confusion with the intent of pitching the series to cable networks and streaming services.[10]

On April 20, 2017, Hulu gave the production a pilot order. The production was developed by Carlton Cuse with Hill and set to be directed by Scott Derrickson. Cuse was expected to serve as the potential series' showrunner and executive producer alongside Hill, Derrickson, Lindsey Springer, Ted Adams, and David Ozer. Production companies involved with the pilot were slated to include Carlton Cuse Productions and IDW Entertainment.[11] On July 14, 2017, it was reported that Andy Muschietti was replacing Derrickson as the pilot's director, as Derrickson was forced to drop out of the production due to a scheduling conflict.[12] On March 27, 2018, it was reported that Hulu had passed on the pilot and declined to order it to series.[13]

On May 29, 2018, the production was reported to be in final negotiations with Netflix for a series order. Netflix redeveloped the property and discarded the prior pilot ordered by Hulu. Due to scheduling conflicts, Andy Muschietti was not expected to direct the production's new pilot, but would continue to serve as executive producer alongside Hill, Cuse, Adams, Ozer, and Barbara Muschietti. Production companies involved with the new iteration of the project were set to include Genre Arts and IDW Entertainment.[14] On July 25, 2018, Netflix officially gave the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. Aron Eli Coleite, Meredith Averill, and Rick Jacobs were announced as new executive producers. Circle of Confusion was also expected to again act as a production company for the series. The new iteration of the series was created by Hill and developed by Cuse, Coleite, and Averill. The new first episode was written by Hill and Coleite, with Cuse and Averill serving as showrunners.[7] Michael Morris directed the first two episodes and serves as an executive producer.[15]

In adapting the comic for the Netflix series, the fictional town where Keyhouse is located was changed from Lovecraft to Matheson, Massachusetts. According to Cuse and Averill, this change had been suggested by Hill; because of the comic's Lovecraftian themes, the setting's name was to honor author H. P. Lovecraft, but Hill wanted to honor author and screenwriter Richard Matheson for the series, instead.[16]

Despite the fact the series had not yet received an order beyond its first season, writing for a potential second season began ahead of the series' first-season premiere.[17] On March 30, 2020, Netflix renewed the series for a second season.[4] On December 18, 2020, ahead of the second-season premiere, Netflix renewed the series for a third season.[6]

Casting[edit]

In August 2017, Frances O'Connor and Jackson Robert Scott were cast in the pilot's main roles.[18][19] In September 2017, Megan Charpentier and Nate Corddry were reported to have joined the pilot's main cast.[20][21] In October 2017, Jack Mulhern, Danny Glover, and Owen Teague had been cast in starring roles in the pilot.[22][23]

Alongside the announcement of the production's move to Netflix, it was revealed all of the series' roles would be recast with the exception of Jackson Robert Scott as Bode Locke.[14] On December 19, 2018, Connor Jessup and Emilia Jones were cast to replace Mulhern and Charpentier, respectively.[24] In January 2019, Sherri Saum, Griffin Gluck, Steven Williams (replacing Glover), Darby Stanchfield (replacing O'Connor), Laysla De Oliveira, and Kevin Alves joined the cast with Gluck, Stanchfield, and De Oliveira in main roles and Williams and Alves set to appear in a recurring capacity.[25][26][27][28] In February 2019, Petrice Jones and Thomas Mitchell Barnet (replacing Teague) joined the main cast; Asha Bromfield and Felix Mallard were cast to appear in recurring roles.[29][30][31]

Mirroring their appearances as characters in the comic book, creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez had cameo appearances in the first-season finale as paramedics.[32]

On September 30, 2020, Aaron Ashmore and Hallea Jones were promoted to series regulars while Brendan Hines was cast as a new series regular for the second season.[8] On October 6, 2021, it was reported that Kevin Durand had joined the cast as a new series regular for the second season.[9]

Filming[edit]

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, was used for shots of the fictional Matheson, Massachusetts.

Principal photography for the series took place from February 11 to July 5, 2019, in Toronto, Ontario.[33] Scenes within the fictional Matheson, as well as some other exterior scenes, such as the outside of the Drowning Cave, were filmed in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Keyhouse itself was a constructed set and shot at Cinespace Film Studios in Toronto along with other internal scenes.[34] The second season began filming on September 21, 2020, and concluded on April 16, 2021.[35][36] The third season began filming on May 3, 2021, and concluded on September 17, 2021.[37]

Music[edit]

The score to the show was composed by Torin Borrowdale.[38] When writing the main theme for the series, Borrowdale wanted to elicit a feeling of magic and whimsey that would come with exploring a house with magical keys for the first time. Borrowdale implemented a solo cello in a low register for Dodge's theme to capture both the beauty and the darkness of Dodge's character.[39] For Bode's theme, he created a simple tune that would be adaptable to the varying situations Bode got himself into, in which the variations on his theme would reflect the current mood of the scene.[40] The soundtrack was released on March 13, 2020.[39]

Release[edit]

In December 2019, Netflix announced that the series would be released on February 7, 2020, in the US and Canada.[3] On January 8, 2020, Netflix released an official trailer for the series.[41] A world premiere was held on February 5, 2020, in Hollywood, California.[42] The second season was released on October 22, 2021.[5]

Reception[edit]

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has a 66% approval rating with 61 reviews, with an average rating of 6.58/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Though Locke & Key at times struggles to strike a consistent tone, it captures enough of the essence of its source material to provide a fiendishly fun and sufficiently spooky time."[43] On Metacritic, the first season has a score of 62 out of 100 based on 19 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[44] The second season has an 78% approval rating with 9 reviews, with an average rating of 7.3/10.[45]

The series received generally positive reviews from critics, with the score, set design, and visual effects being singled out as highlights of the series.[46] Critics mainly praised the series' handling of themes relating to loss and trauma, as well as its use of horror genre elements, while criticizing the use of teen drama and romance subplots to drag out the story.[47][48] The performances of Jackson Robert Scott and Laysla De Oliveira received particular praise.[49][50][51]

USA Today claimed that the series was "nearly as strong a debut as Stranger Things was in 2016, but it [needed] a few tweaks to jump the hurdle between good and great."[52] IGN credited the series for its portrayal of trauma and its visual effects, and praised the performances of Scott and de Oliveira, while criticizing it for not consistently building tension throughout.[53]

Polygon gave a more negative review, criticizing the decision to make the television adaptation emphasize the coming-of-age story and fantasy elements of the series, while glossing over the horror elements and haunting visuals of the source material. In particular, its review criticized the uninteresting subplots and inconsistent pacing.[54]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Results Ref.
2020 Harvey Award Best Adaptation from Comic Book/Graphic Novel Locke & Key Nominated [55]
HPA Award Outstanding Sound – Television Chris Cooke, Eric Apps, J. R. Fountain & Dustin Harris (episode: "Welcome to Matheson") Nominated [56]
People's Choice Awards Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show Locke & Key Nominated [57]
Ruderman Family Foundation Seal of Authentic Representation Locke & Key Won [58]
2021 Golden Reel Awards Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Dialogue and ADR for Episodic Short Form Broadcast Media Dustin Harris & Jill Purdy (episode: "Crown of Shadows") Nominated [59]
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Sound Effects and Foley for Episodic Short Form Broadcast Media J. R. Fountain, Dashen Naidoo & Steve Baine (episode: "Head Games") Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Fantasy Television series Locke & Key Pending [60]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ De Oliveira also portrays Ellie in episode 10 of season 1 and episodes 9 and 10 of season 2.
  2. ^ Mallard also portrays Dodge.

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