‘Locke & Key’ Renewed At Netflix; ‘V-Wars’ And ‘October Faction’ Cancelled

by Erik Amaya

It’s good news and bad news for IDW’s Netflix television shows.

First, the good part: Locke & Key has been renewed for a second season on the streaming giant. Based on the comic book by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, the series tells the tale of the three Locke siblings as they move to their father’s ancestral home following his mysterious murder. There, they discover a series of magical keys that may be connected to their father’s death. As the Locke children explore the different keys and their unique powers, a mysterious demon awakens — and will stop at nothing to steal them. It stars Darby Stanchfield as Nina Locke, Jackson Robert Scott as Bode Locke, Connor Jessup as Tyler Locke, Emilia Jones as Kinsey Locke, Bill Heck as Rendell Locke, and Laysla De Oliveira as Dodge.

“We are thrilled to be continuing the journey of Locke & Key alongside all of our amazing collaborators,” co-showrunners Carlton Cuse and Meredith Averill said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “We are grateful to Netflix for all their support, especially at this difficult time, and look forward to bringing you the exciting next chapter of our story.”

The renewal is a happy continuation of the often challenging Locke & Key behind-the-scenes story. After spending nine years in development, the show finally premiered on Netflix earlier this year, but it took two development teams, a network, two streaming platforms and three (nearly) complete cast changes to get it to screens.

Of course, the happiness can only extend to the Locke & Key family as IDW’s other Netflix programs got the axe. As THR reports, V-Wars, starring Vampire Diaries alum Ian Somerhalder, and October Faction have been cancelled alongside other new series like Messiah, AJ and the Queen, Spinning Out, Soundtrack and Daybreak. Of those, we’ll admit we’ll miss Spinning Out the most. Of course, the loss of any show based on a comic book is sad news as transmedia success is an important aspect of keeping the industry afloat; especially these days.

Netflix’s other comic book projects include The Umbrella Academy — with a second season due later this year — its first foray into Millarworld with Jupiter’s Legacy, and I Am Not Okay With This; a series we hopes also gets renewed.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.