Netflix's Locke And Key: 31 Easter Eggs And References In Episodes 6-10
Locke and Key spoilers ahead!
We already covered the Easter eggs and references in Locke and Key Episode 1, "Welcome to Matheson," and everything we found in Episodes 2-5 as well. Now we're moving into the final stretch: After watching and rewatching the second half of Locke and Key's first season, here's every reference, Easter egg, and hidden nugget we were able to spot in Episodes 6-10.
As always, if you're here reading this, we assume you've watched the series already, and you want to know more about all the juicy Easter eggs and references Locke and Key Season 1 contains. The series is an adaptation of the comic books of the same name, created by writer Joe Hill and illustrator Gabriel Rodriguez. The show follows the Locke family as they move into their family's ancestral home, Keyhouse, following a family tragedy, and discover magical keys that unlock powerful abilities. And besides all the references back to the comics, there are tons of Easter eggs for diehard fans of the series, and of horror in general.
If you missed it, check out everything we spotted in the series premiere, and then move on to our guides to Episodes 2-5. Be warned--throughout these articles, we'll discuss events from throughout the series. Consider this your spoiler warning.
Are you a fan of the comics, the show, or both? Let us know which Easter eggs and references are your favorites in the comments below. Then read our Locke and Key Season 1 review and check out the latest Locke and Key news--from the fact that work on Season 2 has already begun, to Joe Hill's recent announcement of a new Locke and Key one-shot issue.
1. Detective Mutuku
Detective Mutuku is a character from the comics, although his introduction is different and happens much earlier.
2. The Splattering: Redux (feat. the Plant Key?)
Seriously though, how did they shoot this? There's a Plant Key in the comics that allows the user to control thorny vines, but beyond this strange scene, there's no indication that the key exists in the show. If Kinsey found it, it seems like they would have mentioned it beyond this.
3. Riffel Rule
In the comics, there's a reason why adults can't remember Keyhouse's magic. It's a deliberate rule enacted by a Locke ancestor named Hans Riffel, who wanted to ensure adults wouldn't be able to use the keys for evil. In the show, that explanation might not exist, as they seem to be dancing around it quite a bit in this season, coming up with other reasons why adults might be unable to see the magic.
4. Cave rumors
The rumors about the Drowning Cave being a government site are a reference to the comics, where the caves were a military site, established to watch for enemy u-boats during World War II.
5. A Narnia situation
There's yet another Narnia reference when Bode wonders whether the Mending Cabinet is "a Narnia situation," i.e. a gateway to another world. He's not wrong in thinking the cabinet is magical--he just hasn't figured out how yet.
6. The Black Door
This is our first look at the Black Door, which plays an important role throughout the story of Locke and Key. It's significantly different than it was in the comics, but they get the gist of it right.
7. A literal transition
Upon rewatching, this transition from Gabe and Kinsey's scene to Tyler meeting Dodge at the party has more significance than it did the first time around.
8. Lucas and Ellie
There's a picture of Lucas and Ellie on the track team. Earlier in the series, Ellie told Nina that she teaches phys-ed part time at Matheson Academy, although we never actually see her in that role in the show. In the books, Ellie is the school's track coach (and Kinsey takes track, which she doesn't in the show).
Tyler has a poster for the rock band Daughters in his room. The band was formed in 2002 in Providence, Rhode Island.
10. Sam's scar
Sam takes a moment to examine his facial scar after invading Keyhouse. In the books, his scars are much more pronounced, since Tyler smashed his face in with a brick after Sam killed Rendell. Events in the show played out very differently, saving Netflix thousands in makeup or CG effects.
10. Like a sock without a foot
Bode's remark that the body of a person using the Ghost Key is "like a sock without a foot in it" is not just a great description--it's also a line taken directly from the comics.
11. Ghost movement
Bode discovers something new about flying around with the Ghost Key--he can go straight through solid walls. In the books, someone using the Ghost Key can simply teleport to whoever or whatever they're thinking about--or whoever is thinking about them, in some cases.
12. Sam's sadness
There are a few hints here that Sam's deepest desire is simply to be part of a real family. He puts on Tyler's clothes, and even makes the Lockes dinner. There's no practical reason to do this--he's just playing house.
13. Sam's redemption?
Sam suggests to Tyler that he doesn't remember what Tyler said to him about killing his dad. However, Sam might only be pretending--the flashback to the moment suggests Sam remembers perfectly well.
14. The rules of the keys
Dodge can't take keys from the Lockes, but "anyone else is fair game," apparently. On the other hand, Sam could take keys from the Lockes. It's never explicitly clear why this is the case, since the show doesn't explain it, and these rules didn't exist in the comics.
15. The Lucas reveal
The reveal that Lucas has been living with Ellie is huge--though it's much different in the comics, where it's revealed early on that Lucas, going by the name Zack, is living with Ellie.
16. Gabe and Lucas
Gabe leaves Keyhouse in Scot's wake, and shortly later, Lucas shows up at Ellie's house when Rufus and Bode are there playing. This transition is a lot more conspicuous when you know Gabe's secret.
17. Erin's mind
What's ailing Erin is significantly different in the source material. Originally, Dodge took Erin's memories out when they were kids, shortly after Dodge took over Lucas's body. In the show, Erin is actually trapped inside her own head.
18. Keepers of the Keys
This moment is similar to one in the comics, although there, Kinsey sees her father's and his friends' names underwater in the Drowning Cave, before she, Jackie, Scot, and Jamal (a character who isn't in the show) almost die.
19. VHS tapes
These items in Erin's head are called VHS tapes. Younger viewers might not recognize them. People used to watch movies on them. You had to rewind them. Ringing any bells? It's cool. We're old. We get it.
20. RIP Jack Nife
Lucas breaking Rufus's action figure, Jack Nife, in half is straight out of the comics, although it happens much later in the source material, and means a lot more to Rufus.
21. Sexy Tyler
The moment when Nina mistakes Tyler for a resurrected Rendell is also straight from the books, although in the source material, it's much creepier--since Nina is drunk as hell and tries to come on to him.
22. This jump scare
Don't miss this moment, since it's the only actual scare in the entire show.
23. The Santorini Squad
Eden condescendingly refers to the group as the "Santorini Squad." Santorini is an island near Greece. Good one, Eden.
24. Lucas's transformation
This scene is very different in the books, where after Lucas's infection/possession, Rendell and his friends use the Head Key to take out all his memories of their adventures and Keyhouse's magic. They hope that will be enough, but Lucas's personality is significantly altered afterward, and when he eventually regains his memories and goes on a rampage, and that's when they're forced to kill him.
25. Hello, Darkness
The line "hello, darkness, my old friend" is both a line straight from the comics (although for some reason it seems way cheesier in the show) and a reference to the 1964 Simon & Garfunkel song "Sound of Silence." Why Dodge cares one bit about a Simon & Garfunkel song is anyone's guess.
26. Shadow shapes
In the books, the shadows aren't generic-looking monsters, but specific creatures whose shapes are dictated by the person who cast them. It's an interesting change, and makes the shadows less cartoonish and more versatile in the show.
27. Gabe's plan
Gabe's plan to get rid of Ellie and lull the Lockes into thinking they're secure is extremely smart--and a massive change from the books. In fact, Gabe is much smarter than his comics counterpart, Zack, who has to spend a lot of time killing various people because for some reason he didn't anticipate that he'd eventually be recognized by other characters who were alive back then.
28. Opening the Black Door
The world behind the Black Door looks very different in the show, where it's sparkly lights and "glowing bullets" instead of demonic eyeball monsters. In addition, the door doesn't get opened until the very end of the comics series. It was a surprise to see this happen in Season 1 of the show.
28. Opening the Black Door
29. Gabe: "I've always got an appetite"
Us: lol OK Dodge.
30. Joe and Gabe's cameos
Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez make a cameo in the Season 1 finale as EMTs--just like their cameo in the original comics.
31. The Gabe twist
We've alluded to it many times throughout this Easter egg journey, and here it is: Gabe was actually Dodge all along, working the Lockes from yet another, far more treacherous angle. Gabe replaced the comics character Zack, who attached himself to Tyler from near the very start, and eventually wound up dating Kinsey. Zack's plan kind of sucked, though, since people keep recognizing him throughout the series, which then requires him to kill them, which draws lots of attention. Granted, Zack didn't have the Identity Key in the comics, so it's not entirely his fault.