Not every Netflix series can be Ozark, Stranger Things, or Squid Game. There will always be the Sense8, Marco Polo, and Cowboy Bebop of the streamer, and one more beloved series has fallen victim. Well, kind of. The days of Locke & Key are numbered.
That’s what the report from Deadline says — season 3 of Locke & Key is coming this year, and its story will be the last the series has to offer. This, according to the new report, is not an ending forced because of a declining viewership however. The show’s co-showrunners — Carlton Cuse and Meredith Averill — say that 3 seasons was the plan since the beginning. They tell Deadline that the initial plan was for 10 episodes each for the first two seasons, and eight episodes for the third. “[W]e felt three seasons was the ideal length to bring the story of the Locke family and their Keyhouse adventures to a satisfying conclusion,” Cuse and Averill wrote in a statement.
Based on the response, it would certainly seem that Locke & Key has earned its keep. The series premiered on the streamer in February 2020 and season 2 was given the go-ahead the following month. By the end of 2020, season 3 had a green light even though season 2 wouldn’t premiere until late October 2021.
Based on the comic book series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, Locke & Key throws the Locke siblings into the deep end of the supernatural world after the unexpected death of their father (Bill Heck). Along with their mother (Darby Stanchfield), the oldest Locke sibling Tyler (Connor Jessup), the middle child Kinsey (Emilia Jones), and the youngest Bode (Jackson Robert Scott) move in to their family’s ancestral home. Unfortunately they find more than their roots waiting for them. Scattered throughout the home are magical keys, and there’s a malevolent demon stalking them and hunting for the mystic artifacts.
While critics weren’t too impressed with the inaugural season of Locke & Key, they were much kinder to last last season. Reviewers noted a faster, more riveting pace to the second chapter, along with a new penchant for irresistible cliffhangers. In fact, the season 2 premiere is named, “Cliffhanger.”
The comic book Locke & Key is based on is just one comic that co-creator Joe Hill — the son of the horror master Stephen King — has impressed fans and critics with. Along with succeeding as an accomplished prose novelist, Hill has brought many more horror series to comic book stands like IDW’s Dying is Easy and Image’s Joe Hill’s Rain. In 2017 he partnered with DC Comics to establish the new horror line Hill House Comics. The line was kicked off with Basketful of Heads, following the adventures of a woman who carries a growing number of dismembered heads with her in a basket, all of which somehow still speak to her.
There’s no precise date yet for the final season of Locke & Key. Deadline says season 3 is currently in wrapping up the post-production phase. The series’ conclusion is expected to steam later this year.