Everything We Know About 'Locke & Key' Season 3

The Locke family is coming back for one final adventure.


It may have taken a while for Locke & Key, the series based on Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s popular comic books, to find a home-going from a film adaptation to getting shopped as a series at Fox and Hulu before landing at Netflix-but it’s managed to become a certified hit on the streaming service. Following the Locke family, who, after their father is mysteriously murdered, relocates to their ancestral home, Keyhouse, where they discover a set of supernatural keys, the series from showrunners Carlton Cuse and Meredith Averill unlocks everything that binge-worthy coming-of-age paranormal dramas are made of.

Season 2, which hit Netflix in fall 2021, ended with an episode appropriately titled “Cliffhanger” and left the Locke kids with even more darkness looming in their eerie town of Matheson, Massachusetts. Thankfully, Season 3 of Locke & Key is already confirmed-and was actually ordered before Season 2 had even finished filming in late 2020. Below, we try to tap into our mystery-solving and otherworldly Locke-family-like powers to break down what to expect for the upcoming season.

Amanda Matlovich/Netflix
Amanda Matlovich/Netflix
Amanda Matlovich/Netflix

When will Locke & Key Season 3 be released?

With the new season reportedly in post-production right now, it seems likely that the final season will drop sometime this year. The actors actually shot Season 3 in early 2021, right after Season 2 was filmed, so there shouldn’t be too much work left to wrap up. Considering there are already first-look shots of the upcoming season available via Netflix, we’d guess that it’ll premiere in the near future-potentially a summer 2022 release. Then again, it is one of Netflix’s supernatural hits, so we also wouldn’t be surprised if it dropped just in time for spooky season this fall, which is when Season 2 arrived. 

Is Season 3 the last season of Locke & Key?

In April 2022, Deadline announced that Season 3 is confirmed to be the final installment of Locke & Key. Although it’s a bummer that it’ll be our last paranormal adventure with the Locke kids, it’s worth noting that the show didn’t necessarily get canceled, so fans don’t need to worry about any stories getting cut short.

According to Deadline, a three-season arc has been the plan for the show from both Netflix and showrunners Carlton Cuse and Meredith Averill ever since Season 1 became a surefire success. The showrunners said in a statement, “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. … 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.”

How many episodes is Locke & Key Season 3?

Unlike seasons 1 and 2, which spanned 10 episodes apiece, Season 3 will wrap up with eight installments. They should be just as full of twists and scares as the other seasons, since Deadline stated that eight episodes is what the creative team always had planned for the last season.

Who in the cast will be back for Locke & Key Season 3?

All of the core ensemble is confirmed to be headed back to Matheson to wrap up the mystery of Keyhouse Manor. That means get ready to see more of Tyler Locke (Connor Jessup), Kinsey Locke (Emilia Jones), Bode Locke (Jackson Robert Scott), Nina Locke (Darby Stanchfield), Duncan Locke (Aaron Ashmore), Scot Cavendish (Petrice Jones), Josh Bennett (Brendan Hines), and Frederick Gideon (Kevin Durand), who we’ll likely see even more of now that he’s out for revenge. (If you want to get emotional about the series ending, a handful of cast members shared goodbye posts on social media when filming wrapped.)

Another person we’ll be seeing a bit more is Ellie Whedon, who is played by Sherri Saum. Before Season 3 went into production in fall 2021, Deadline reported that Saum had been upped to a series regular and that the new installment will find Ellie and her son Rufus (Coby Bird) returning to Matheson, but “haunted by her time spent behind the Black Door.” She’s also said to face “a new and ever more dangerous threat that looms over the town.”

Amanda Matlovich/Netflix
Amanda Matlovich/Netflix
Amanda Matlovich/Netflix

What will Season 3 of Locke & Key be about?

At this point, the show has largely diverged from its source material, so you won’t necessarily find any answers there as to what’s next. It does sound like it’s about to be the most intense season yet, though. Meredith Averill told Collider, “The third season focuses much more heavily on the family. They’re gonna face the greatest threat they’ve had to face yet. That really bonds them in a way that we’ve never seen before.”

It’s hard to say what that might mean exactly, but it seems likely that the “threat” she’s referring to is Captain Frederick Gideon. At the end of Season 2, Eden used the Echo Key to bring back Gideon as an echo, and now he plans to get revenge on our favorite demon-fighting fam.

On an individual level, we should be seeing the repercussions of the choices some characters made at the end of Season 2, too. Nina, for example, decided to use the power of the Memory Key to help her to remember everything, which will change the Locke family dynamic quite a bit. Tyler, though, decided not to, which the showrunners told Collider has “consequences and will change his relationship to his family.” It’s especially important to remember that he’s approaching his 18th birthday and the ability for him to continue using magic, so with a larger threat approaching, that could certainly play a factor.

A lot about Season 3 remains a mystery, but we’ll continue updating this story as more information becomes available.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.


Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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