Locke and Key season 3, episode 8 recap – the ending explained

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: August 10, 2022 (Last updated: July 4, 2023)
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Locke and Key season 3, episode 8 recap - the ending explained


Maybe a little on the cringy side, but overall it’s a decent end for Locke and Key. This show may not have been to everyone’s taste, but, at least in the final season, it kept the emotional element of the story and made for a decent watch. Previous fans of Locke and Key are likely to be pleased with the final outcome.

This recap of Locke and Key season 3, episode 8, “Farewell”, contains spoilers, including for the ending of Locke & Key Season 3. You can check out all of our coverage on this show by clicking these words.

Locke and Key season 3, episode 8 recap

So the time has come for the final ever episode of Locke and Key. How will it all end? Read on to find out.

Whilst in the previous episode, it seemed that Goldie had died, he still lives (for now), and Kinsey, Tyler, and Ellie are able to leave his world. Captain Frederick Gideon manages to escape, only to be shot several times by the police. Although, as viewers will know, that hasn’t hurt Gideon. And when Goldie dies, Sam remains trapped in his head. 

The police officer keeps trying to shoot Gideon, but nothing works. And ultimately, Gideon slits the police officer’s throat. Afterward, the Captain tries to chase Tyler and Kinsey down. But as they are armed with a magic key from Ellie, they are able to draw themselves a motorbike just as Josh runs Gideon down. Moments later, Gideon steals Josh’s car, nearly running him over in the process. But as Gideon can’t quite figure out how to drive, he crashes the car, which then blows up. Even so, Gideon remains unharmed.

Shortly afterward, Gideon and Tyler are face-to-face once again. But even using a forklift is unable to defeat Gideon. Instead, the Captain destroys the well house, therefore ending his prison. When Captain Gideon threatens to throw Kinsey into the portal in exchange for the key, Kinsey stabs him with a key, and the Lockes then push Gideon into the portal, seemingly ending his reign of terror. But as the Captain falls in with two keys, the entrance to the portal becomes smaller.

The Ending

Tyler realizes that for the nightmare to truly end, they must give up the keys and throw them into the portal. Whilst Nina and Kinsey are in agreement, is Bode? Well, not so much. But as he is outvoted, Bode says there’s one more thing he wants to do with the keys first. Locke and Key then cuts to a time before Rendell’s death. However, rather than just watching him, they interact with him. It’s a heartfelt moment, but as Rendell tells his family, “They gotta go live their lives”. When the Lockes throw all of the keys into the portal, there are quick flashbacks to past moments within the last three seasons of Locke and Key

Splattering 2 gets released, and it seems to be a success, with demand for a third movie apparent. During the film’s Q&A, Scot surprises Kinsey. Afterward, when Duncan is back in town, Nina and Josh are together, with Bode seemingly coming round to the idea. With the Gordie Shaw Theatre opened in memory of him, Ellie returns to work; and receives a crowd of applause from the students there. Tyler decides to leave once again but promises to return soon. Bode then asks Nina, Tyler, and Kinsey if they hear that, but then he adds that it’s nothing, absolutely nothing. But unbeknownst to the Lockes, there’s faint whispering. And then Locke and Key ends forever!

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