Locke & Key: Darby Stanchfield Wraps Quarantine, Ready for Season 2

As great as it was to learn before the end of the year that Netflix's Locke & Key would be returning for a third season (as part of co-showrunner Meredith Averill's overall Netflix deal), the last time we checked in with production on the second season? Well, we'll be honest. We were a bit concerned for series star Darby Stanchfield– our favorite "social media liaison" to the show who does an amazing job keeping the show's fanbase engaged (especially during those between-seasons times) by offering honest and personal looks at the show that viewers wouldn't normally get. In her previous Instagram post, she detailed the nightmarish journey she had to take to get back into Toronto, Canada, so she could begin quarantining for work.

Locke & Key Unlocks Season 3 Renewal Ahead of Season 2 Premiere (Image: Netflix)
Locke & Key Unlocks Season 3 Renewal Ahead of Season 2 Premiere (Image: Netflix)

Well, things are looking a ton better for Stanchfield, who revealed via Instagram on Friday that not only had she wrapped up her mandatory quarantine time but also that she had created a workout regiment that made the time pass quickly while helping keep her mind and body healthy. In the video clip below, Stanchfield takes viewers into her "quarantine boot camp" routine- one that she says she may use every time she has to go through a lockdown. And Locke & Key fans will love the sound of her last line of the caption: "Now I'm all the more ready and looking forward to banging out the second half of ["Locke & Key'] S2."

During an interview from last year, Averill (with 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 (Darby 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.

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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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