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Locke & Key: Season 2 Predictions

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What Might The Next Season Have In Store?

Season 2 of Locke & Key hit the silver screen a few weeks ago, and I’ve been waiting to watch it for months! Before I sit down to start the new season, I want to give a recap of the first season and set some predictions for the second one down in stone. 

A few disclaimers before we startit’s actually been a while since I’ve read the graphic novels or watched season one, so definitely take my predictions with a grain of salt. I’ve also tried to avoid seeing any spoilers for the new season, but I have seen that a few new characters are allegedly going to be added to the show, and that it’s already been renewed for a third season, so I’m certainly taking those clues into account. Finally, be warned that this article will contain spoilers for the first season and the original graphic novels. 

So, with that all squared away, what do I think is going to happen in the second season of Locke & Key? In my last article, I discussed the fact that most of the major plot points of the first five graphic novels have already been used, rearranged, or reworked for season one. That means that essentially the only pieces of the source material left for season two are book six… and a bunch of smaller side quests from the preceding volumes. 

I’m personally assuming that the sixth book’s grand finale will be saved for the end of the TV series. I could be wrong, since there have been multiple spinoff graphic novelsperhaps we’ll see the book six finale on screen sooner than I think, and then the TV series will move into covering the content of the spinoffs for season three.

What I think is more likely, though, is that we’re going to see the story branch off in ways that are totally different from the graphic novels. In my last article, I discussed some of the ways that Netflix changed the storyline in season one. I think the streamer is perfectly set up to go this route again, because in terms of chronology, season one ends just about where book three finishes off, and book four in particular has lots of shorter episodes involving side characters and the discovery of new keys that could easily be extended or reimagined in new ways for the screen. I’m pretty nervous about this possibility, because I honestly think that messing around with the book four side quests and adding more and more keys is only going to compound the tonal confusion that this show seems to constantly be up against, some of which I discussed in my last article.

Nonetheless, I’m hopeful that there’s still a lot the show can do in terms of character development and interpersonal dynamics. I think that with the cliffhanger ending, where it becomes clear that Kinsey’s boyfriend Gabe is actually Dodge in disguise, the series has successfully set itself up to backtrack a little bit.

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With this new Gabe-as-Dodge mechanic being introduced, I’m assuming that we’ll probably be able to watch Gabe reveal more of Dodge’s past and motivations. I’m hoping that we’ll get to see a lot of Dodge’s backstory and interactions with minor characters from the first few books that we missed out on while watching season one. Dodge’s history ends up shaping so much of the world and the character dynamics of the graphic novels, so it would really help the series hold onto some of the essence of the original storyline if they could fold that piece of the story back into the Netflix adaptation. 

On the other hand, I’d be disappointed if the writers chose to keep Gabe as Dodge without actually diving deeper into Dodge’s story and motivationsin my mind, that choice would take the show in a direction so far outside of the actual content of the graphic novels that it would really become its own animal at that point, which wouldn’t be terrible, but also wouldn’t be very satisfying for us graphic novel fans! Either way, though, I’m generally looking forward to the best friend betrayal angle that arises from Dodge secretly infiltrating the friend group. 

I’m curious about whether this season will take that energy of focusing on characters outside of the Locke family and run with it full throttle. I know that some new characters will be added this season, but the names of those characters didn’t sound very familiar to me, so I’m unsure if they’ll be old side characters from the graphic novels that are getting their first appearances on screen, or if they’re completely new characters that have been added for the sake of providing viewers with that outsider glance at the Lockes. 

Either way, I’m hoping that shifting the focus away from the family might help to give some of the context and side character world-building that didn’t always translate from the page to the screen last season. One character that I’m specifically excited to see return is Rufus. I hope that the writers will do his graphic novel arc justice on the screen, because he is certainly one of those side characters whose backstory matters a lot, and who really gains momentum as a major player in the latter graphic novels. 

In the end, though, all of these possibilities are so tough to comment on, because the show has diverged so much from its source material already. But a closer look at all of my nit-picks about the plot of the continuing adaptation is content for another article. For now, all that’s left to do is to start season two, and see where it takes us…

Season 2 of Locke & Key is now available on Netflix.

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Locke & Key (2021) Season 2 Teaser Trailer

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