We've made no bones about the fact that Locke & Key star Darby Stanchfield has been our main go-to source when it comes to learning more about how production on the Netflix series' second season is going. And we're not just talking about casting news or script/episode details- we're also talking about those personal moments on set that help keep fans invested even between seasons. With most of last year stuck under the shadow of the pandemic and waves of uncertainty crashing in every direction, having that personal connection- being able to show what everyone was going through during tough times- helped make the experience a bit more bearable. But we also felt kinda bad because it really felt like Stanchfield was a one-person on-set marketing machine- but now we are proud to say that we're adding Laysla De Oliveira aka demonic entity Dodge to our rotation.
First up, a look at the show's "smiley villain" outside her trailer- followed by a look at how the perfect eyeliner game can activate full-on Dodge mode:
And finally, we get a look at De Oliveira's pre-game process- and how the freezing cold can feel like hitting a brick wall (with COVID shield-fogging as proof):
During an interview from last 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 (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.