Locke and Key Season 3 was conceived as the show's final chapter, and it has now been confirmed that the supernatural Netflix series will end with the upcoming season.
Deadline revealed a three-season run was deemed the "ideal length" for Locke and Key after "Netflix approached the series' creative team" with such a proposal in the aftermath of the first season. Co-showrunners Carlton Cuse and Meredith Averill have now corroborated that plan, announcing that the door will be closed on the Locke family in the third season.
"Once we began working on the series, we 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 said in a statement. "As storytellers, we are grateful that we had the opportunity to tell our version of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's incredible story exactly the way we wanted. We're keeping the magical keys, though, for our own personal use."
Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriquez, and IDW Publishing tried to get their horror comic Locke & Key to the screen for over a decade before Netflix eventually picked it up for a series order, with the first season premiering in February 2020. The series was then renewed for a second season, which premiered in October 2021, and a third season that is expected later this year.
here's your first look at LOCKE & KEY Season 3 pic.twitter.com/cR0xtb5pDh— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) April 6, 2022
Netflix shared the first official photos from the new season to offer fans a glimpse of what's to come in the final eight episodes. The snaps feature plenty of familiar faces, with Darby Stanchfield, Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones, Jackson Robert Scott, Brendan Hines, Sherri Saum, Kevin Durand, and Coby Bird making up the principal cast for the third and last season.
Cuse and Averill are said to be wrapping post-production on season three, which sees them both return as co-showrunners. They are also executive producing the concluding chapter alongside John Weber, Frank Siracusa, Kevin Lafferty, Joe Hill, Ted Adams, Chris Ryall, Lydia Antonini, together with Andy Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti, David Alpert, and Rick Jacobs.
The second season of Locke and Key set the stage for a different kind of follow-up, with IGN's review of Season 2 contemplating a "Voyage of the Dawn Treader-like Season 3," noting that the sophomore season had started off "darker and more focused than its predecessor, with more horror imagery and a terrifying villain, while still finding time for a poignant story."
Adele Ankers-Range is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.