Locke & Key season 2, episode 8 recap – “Irons in the Fire”

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: October 22, 2021 (Last updated: February 5, 2024)
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Netflix Locke & Key season 2, episode 8 - Irons in the Fire


The constant use of flashbacks significantly decreases any possible chance of entertainment in this episode. While flashbacks can be vital to the plot, these are of little importance and drag the episode down.

This recap of Netflix’s Locke & Key season 2, episode 8, “Irons in the Fire,” contains spoilers.

Locke & Key season 2, episode 8 recap

Episode 8 Locke & Key Season 2 begins in the year 1775 where Captain Frederick Gideon accuses Peter Locke of harbouring colonial weapons. Cutting back to the present day and Eden finds Gabe with his army of demons. Angry over his betrayal from the last episode, Eden threatens to break Kinsey’s neck.

During class, Bode is too focused on her phone and he has it snatched away from his teacher. Bode, however, is able to get his phone back at recess as Josh reads further into the history of Matheson. Following a fight at school, Kinsey is captured by Gabe. He asks her to join him, although Kinsey obviously refuses. After witnessing what happened, Scot offers himself up to Gabe to protect Kinsey from Gabe. But before anything can happen, Bode sets off the fire alarm.

The ending

Once again, Tyler tries to help Jackie with her memories. But when he attempts to have Jackie take a key from him, he learns that Gabe has turned her into “a psycho demon chick.” Tyler later wonders whether Gabe will place their Mum, Nina, in danger. After Tyler remembers a previous conversation with Erin (RIP), Tyler smashes up a fishing lure and begins to hear whispering. But this time, only he can hear the whispers.

As further flashbacks detail the craft of the keys, Tyler and Duncan finally gain “the shot they have at this”.

In my opinion, this episode of Locke & Key has been the worst to date. There were few moments to feel invested in, and what interesting story developments happened? I feel that had this episode been taken out, there’d be nothing to miss. Even the mildly shocking reveal that Jackie was under Gabe’s control was lost in the episode.

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