Locke & Key: Darby Stanchfield, Coby Bird Reunion Means Rufus Is Back

It's been a little more than a week since we last checked in with Netflix's Locke & Key star Darby Stanchfield (Nina)- in fact, it was just before Thanksgiving here in the U.S. That's when we learned that the crew was busy working on the second season in Toronto, Canada, and would be spending their holiday on-set together (along with some kind words and a great anecdote about the power of ABC's Scandal). We also tipped you off to a series of really great Instagram stories of walkie-talkie convos between Stanchfield and co-star Coby Bird aka Rufus as they stalk the CN Tower (or was it stalking them?) with a wide range of "conspiracy theories" (definitely worth checking out) while waiting out Bird's mandatory quarantine time before reporting to set.

Locke & Key continues production on the second season (Image: Netflix)
Locke & Key continues production on the second season (Image: Netflix)

Well, that day has finally come, and not only are Stanchfield and Bird able to reunite in person by the famed tower, that also means that Rufus is back on set and ready for the cameras. Let the dumpster fires of random speculation burn once more!

During an interview from earlier this year, co-showrunner Meredith Averill (with Carlton Cuse) detailed what she would change (and keep) if the series was assigned a second set of keys. Proudly preferring "suspense and tension" over "gory and graphic" when it comes to horror, Averill revealed that the second season would retain the first season's tone. But with the kids getting older and also more experienced with the keys and their powers, the topics, situations, and enemies they face will have to grow and deepen: "The first season, we always thought of as being the story of the kids learning that they're the new Keepers of the Keys. With season two, we want to explore what that responsibility means. What does it mean as they get closer to being 18 years old—the age when you age out of magic—what does that mean? What does that look like? We cover so much of the comics in the first season, but there's so much of the lore that we held back on and new keys we created for the show that we're excited to share."

Averill continued, "Tonally, I think we intend to keep the show the same, but we do want to deepen the characters' lives and the issues they're dealing with. The older kids are moving closer to their graduation, and while grief is something that you never fully let go of, the kids are going to be able to begin moving on because, at least for now, they know the truth of what happened to him. If you can believe it, the Locke kids are going to be dealing with things far heavier than the death of their father in season two."

Based on Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's popular comic book series, Netflix's adaptation of the horror/fantasy Locke & Key focuses on the Locke siblings – Kinsey (Emilia Jones), Tyler (Connor Jessup), and Bode (Jackson Robert Scott) – who move to their ancestral home in Massachusetts with their mother Nina (Stanchfield) after the gruesome murder of their father, only to find the house has magical keys that give them a vast array of powers and abilities. Standing in their way is a devious demon who also wants the keys and will stop at nothing to attain them. The first season also starred Petrice Jones, Thomas Mitchell Barnet, Laysla De Oliveira, Kevin Alves, Asha Bromfield, Griffin Gluck, Steven Williams, Felix Mallard, Coby Bird, Sherri Saum, and Eric Graise. Aaron Ashmore and Hallea Jones have been promoted to series regulars for the second season, with Brendan Hines (The Tick)as a new series regular and Liyou Abere (The Boys) guest-starring.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.

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