The hit Netflix show lock & keybased on the comics by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, has come to a close with Season 3 and Canadian star Connor Jessup, who plays Tyler Locke, reminisces about the series finale (spoilers ahead), his early frustrations with the character and celebrating filming in his hometown of Toronto.
“It’s kind of weird because we’re almost a year done now, so I think it feels more like a reunion for us than … a goodbye,” Jessup said Yahoo Canada. “I feel like we said goodbye and now it’s just a nice excuse to see friendly faces and remember the experience of doing the show.”
“It was such a big experience in all of our lives and so much time, and it’s beautiful, at least for myself, it was just a really beautiful moment to think about how meaningful the show was to me.”
At the end of the second season, Tyler said goodbye to his sister Kinsey (Emilia Jones), his brother Bode (Jackson Robert Scott) and his mother Nina (Darby Stanchfield), who will soon forget magic as she approaches her 18th birthday as an adult. In Season 3, Tyler returns to Locke House when his uncle Duncan, played by Aaron Ashmore, gets married. But when villain Frederick Gideon (Kevin Durand), a colonial Massachusetts soldier possessed by a powerful demon, is on a hunt for all of the Locke keys, Tyler ends up staying and fighting the loss of magical memories to save himself to understand what is happening.
“I felt like he started Season 3 in a different place than ever because he forgot about magic and because of that he radically changed relationships with everyone in the family,” Jessup said. “The dynamic that we have come to know and that I have come to know over the last two seasons has been reconstructed and rearranged.”
“Working again with Emilia and Jackson and Darby but having to completely question those relationships was really fun because we were all so close at that point.”
Tyler has his magical memory restored to help his family keep their keys safe, but as we found out by the end of the series, in order to protect themselves, the Locke family must fully let go of the keys and place them in the portal, from where Gideon came to finish the story.
“I think my first thought was, ‘How are we ever going to shoot this episode?’ Because the last few episodes or so are like one continuous action sequence and it’s so much bigger than anything we’ve done before,” Jessup said of filming the finale.
“I think part of it when I read the seventh and eighth [episodes]I thought it still feels like there’s still so much to solve and we’re still so in the middle of this mess and then when eight turned around our writers had really nice options, not just the story of the to bring this season to a conclusion, but I think… bringing this family’s emotional journey through all three seasons to a really satisfying ending.”
Toronto is ‘one of the best filming locations in the world’
When lock & key Hitting Netflix in 2020, it illustrated the international streaming giant’s commitment to filming content in Canada, filming in both Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and Toronto. Connor Jessup, who hails from Toronto, loved the experience of filming the show at home, stressing that it was “one of the best filming locations in the world”.
“I’m from Toronto, I live in Toronto, Toronto is my home, I can work from home, which is pretty rare for an actor,” Jessup said. “I had to go home every night, … I had to work with crew members and actors who were from where I’m from, and in that way it didn’t feel so different than shooting a movie for a friend of mine who.” Down the road, only on a much larger scale.”
“Especially during the pandemic when we were all trapped together it was such a gift to be able to film at home for a year…It’s no exaggeration to say Toronto is one of the best filming locations in the world…I’m so grateful that we shot at home and not in Atlanta, no offense [that city]I’m sure [it’s a] great place to work but it made it special for me.”
“I think Tyler frustrated me more than I realized for the first few seasons.”
I spent years developing and impersonating Tyler Locke lock & keyConnor Jessup’s relationship with the character has certainly evolved as the story progressed, with the actor pointing out that he’s a far cry from Season 1’s “goofy teenager.”
“I just felt like he started out as such a sombre teenager and by season 3 I felt like he was more of an adult, he felt heavier and calmer and he just felt more mature to me, especially at the end of the season. and it was really satisfying to have covered that distance with him,” said Jessup. “I think Tyler frustrated me more in the first few seasons… because he’s not always good at communicating, especially when it comes to the danger they face, he’s not the one to jump headfirst into things.”
“That kind of reticence frustrated me a bit, I think. In the end, I felt like Tyler has a really good heart and cares about him so much, and a lot of his pain comes from the fact that he feels so much responsibility for his siblings and family… He’s not a good liar , he’s just a straight forward person… it’s something I feel like I wish I had more in me that he looks directly at things that are happening.