LOCKE & KEY Season 2 is on Netflix and we pick up where we left off. Unfortunately, episode 1 isn’t all that great. However, trust that it picks up quickly after that. Some extremely dark plot developments happen. Read our Locke & Key Season 2 Review!

LOCKE & KEY Season 2 continues the Netflix series that premiered last year. If you’ve watched season 1, then you’ll be ready to jump right into this new season, since it does continue right where the first season left off.


Our season 1 review of Locke & Key here >

The fact that it continues right after season 1, also means that a recap is in order, so we’ll get to that first. After a quick recap, we’ll move on to the actual season 2 review.

Season 1 recap of Locke & Key

When Locke & Key season 2 began, I was in desperate need of a season 1 recap. Maybe because it came out in February of 2020, which is both a good 20 months ago and feels like a lifetime away due to the pandemic in-between.

Personally, I really needed a recap to get back into this little world. Many details from season 1 are key to the plot of season 2, so you do need to get up-to-speed fast! You could read our “ending explained” feature here to be reminded of the key elements (pun very much intended) from season 1.

However, if you need a visual season 1 recap, Netflix has also released one just in time for the season 2 release.

Watch the Locke & Key Season 1 recap video below – it’s only 4 minutes long. Or simply continue reading our Locke & Key Season 2 review below the video.

Season 2 begins a few hundred years ago

Kevin Durand (Primal, The Strain) opens the new season of Locke & Key with a story that plays out just as the United States became an independent country. It’s an interesting and dark opening scene that takes place in the cave, where much of the ending of season 1 also took place.

Just don’t expect this story (or Kevin Durand’s character) to be part of the rest of episode 1 – or any of the immediately following episodes. However, obviously, we know a character played by Kevin Durand will return and be important. No spoilers, just an observation (and virtually a rule of genre films).


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Overall, I’m sorry to say the first episode of Locke & Key season 2 felt quite messy to me. Fortunately, we’re right back on track from episode 2, so you can trust that it picks up quickly again. Some extremely dark plot developments happen throughout season 2.

Locke & Key: Season 2 – Netflix Review

Will there be a season 3 of Locke & Key?

Just as was the case with season 1, you watch the end of Locke & Key season 2 and get the feeling that there is more to this story. Basically, you’ll be wondering if there will be a Locke & Key season 3. And yes, season 3 of Locke & Key is already a done deal.

No spoilers for season 2 of the series here, but this story does have quite a lot to delve into. After all, the tagline for this season is “New magic will be forged!”.

New characters in this second season bring some of the new developments with them, but really, much of the story still revolves around the Locke family members. For them, as well, there is plenty to work with! In other words, Locke & Key season 3 should still have plenty of material to entertain us with.

Watch Locke & Key season 2 on Netflix!

As was the case with season 1, the creators of Locke & Key are still Meredith Averill, Aron Eli Coleite, and Carlton Cuse. Or rather, they are developers, since the actual creators of this world are Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez who made the graphic novel this is based on. The name Joe Hill is always enough to intrigue me!

Please, just do yourself a favor and remember that this series does have teen (or younger) main characters and is in the horror, fantasy, and drama genres.

What I’m getting at is simply this: If Locke & Key isn’t your thing, then that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad series. It just isn’t for you. And probably, you’re not in the key demographic for it. Then again, if you give it a chance, I think at least half of the dark and sinister stuff in this series is perfect for most horror fans.


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Season 2 of Locke & Key has 10 episodes (just as season 1 did) and after that rather weak opening episode, it gets a lot better fast. Instead of a February release, this October release in time for Halloween feels a lot more appropriate!

Season 2 of Locke & Key is out on Netflix from October 22, 2021.


Cast: Jackson Robert Scott, Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones, Sherri Saum, Griffin Gluck, Darby Stanchfield, Laysla De Oliveira, Aaron Ashmore, Hallea Jones, Brendan Hines, Liyou Abere

I write reviews and recaps on Heaven of Horror. And yes, it does happen that I find myself screaming, when watching a good horror movie. I love psychological horror, survival horror and kick-ass women. Also, I have a huge soft spot for a good horror-comedy. Oh yeah, and I absolutely HATE when animals are harmed in movies, so I will immediately think less of any movie, where animals are harmed for entertainment (even if the animals are just really good actors). Fortunately, horror doesn't use this nearly as much as comedy. And people assume horror lovers are the messed up ones. Go figure!
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