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Locke & Key took over twelve years to finally make it to our TV screens. The show, which is based on the graphic novels by Gabriel Rodriguez and Joe Hill, was passed on by other platforms before finally landing on Netflix

Netflix recently released the lineup for its upcoming Netflix and Chills, and Locke & Key was among the content listed. The Locke family only discovered a few of the magical keys in season 1, which means we have plenty to ponder over regarding season 2.

Emilia Jones as Kinsey Locke in 'Locke & Key' Season 2.
Emilia Jones in ‘Locke & Key’ | Amanda Matlovich/Netflix

A quick recap of ‘Locke & Key’ Season 1

Things were not looking great when we last saw the Locke siblings. After discovering some of the Keyhouse keys, Bode accidentally released a demonic entity that wanted the keys for its nefarious purposes. (Hate it when that happens.) 

In the season finale, the kids accidentally threw their friend, who they mistook for the demon, through the Omega Door, and two of their friends were now possessed by other demonic entities. Needless to say, they have a lot to deal with in Locke & Key Season 2.

What keys were found in ‘Locke & Key’ Season 1?

The graphic novels introduce a total of around 40 keys, but viewers only saw 12 of them throughout the first season. This leaves plenty of keys to discover in upcoming seasons, but no word on which ones we’ll see in season 2. First up are the keys the kids found in Locke & Key Season 1.

The Matchstick Key 

Viewers don’t see how this key was found, and in fact, we aren’t even aware of its name until the second to last episode. It can set anything on fire, and it’s what the Locke family friend, Mark Cho (Ken Pak), uses to commit suicide so no one can extract the knowledge of the keys’ whereabouts from his brain. This key doesn’t appear in the comics and was created specifically for the show.

The Identity Key 

This key allows anyone who has it to change their appearance to look like someone else. Perfect for a demon who wants to snoop around for more keys without getting caught.

The Echo Key 

It allows the user to talk to someone who has died… sort of. It essentially allows them to hear an echo of the person who is now dead.

The Anywhere Key 

This one allows the person holding it to transport to anywhere in the world. The only catch is the person actually has to have visited that place before.

The Head Key 

Whoever has this key can get inside a person’s brain and have a look around. They can steal memories or information from them as well. 

The Ghost Key 

This key lets a person’s spirit leave their body, and they can fly around without it. It only works when used on one door, though. Bode finds this key first, and we see his little spirit zipping around. 

The Mirror Key 

One of the freakier keys used in Locke & Key Season 1, the Mirror Key, allows the user to trap another person in a neverending maze of mirrors. Nina (Darby Stanchfield) accidentally gets stuck inside, but thankfully Tyler (Connor Jessup) is there and manages to get her out. This key was also explicitly created for the Netflix series and isn’t one of the original keys in the comics.

The Plant Key 

The person holding this key can control anything from the earth. This includes uncovering something that’s been buried. In the graphic novels, this key has a different name. Instead of being called the Plant Key, it’s known as the Thorn Key. The powers are the same, though.

The Mending Key 

This key goes along with a specific cabinet. When used, a person can place a broken object inside the cabinet, and it mends itself. We see Nina put Rendell’s (Bill Heck) ashes in the cabinet to try and bring him back to life, but it doesn’t work. It does, however, lead the kids to another key.

The Music Box Key 

Have you ever wanted to control another person like a puppet? This is the key for you. It allows you to take control of another person’s body, whether they’re ok with it or not.

The Omega Key

This key opens the Black Door, and that’s really the only use for it. However, that’s a pretty powerful application considering the Black Door is the gateway to our world for demons. 


‘Locke & Key’ Season 2 Listed in the 2021 Netflix and Chills Lineup

The Shadow Key

When combined with the Shadow Crown, this particular key allows the user to control an army of shadow creatures. The good news? Commanding an army sounds kind of cool. The bad news? Dodge has it, and she’s a demon. Nothing good can come of this.

We only have a few more weeks before finding out how the Locke family will deal with their problems in Locke & Key Season 2. The upcoming season is set to premiere sometime in Oct. 2021.