Before we dive into the utter madness that is Kinsey finding about Dodge/Gabe in Locke & Key‘s 2×04 “Past and Prologue” we need to talk about Duncan. We’ve been waiting for this moment, fearing that it would never happen because this is TV after all. But the fates are on our side, temporarily, and he’s got his memories back in what was a truly emotional scene that we can’t stop tearing up over.
Duncan has been torn apart for a really long time, feeling lost in adulthood. And a huge part of that is because he didn’t remember his time in Key House. He was unmoored, floating out there without a solid anchor or way to make it back to shore despite knowing that he was loved and wanted by his brother and family. His “I’m home.” is Duncan finally feeling like himself for the first time in ages.
From here on out, we’re going to see a different kind of Duncan. He’s going to have to process the past as it clashes with his present. He’s going to have to deal with the fact that he saw his brother kill someone, even if that someone was possessed by a demon that was going to tear them all apart. But most importantly, he’s going to help his family in the upcoming battle against Dodge.
And before we dive into Locke & Key, we need to talk Eden. We understand that she’s a demon, okay. But Kinsey, played by the insanely talented Emilia Jones, didn’t really know that when she planned to get into Eden’s head. She just saw that her boyfriend was hiding a secret from her and had to know. It’s very iffy on the consent and just makes us feel kind of gross. And sure, what they found was dark, crazy, and scary…but we’re still ehhh because you don’t do that to someone for a boy.
The boy in question, or not a boy because Dodge is an Echo, has finally been found out in Locke & Key. And with that revelation comes devastating revelations. Because no matter how iffy I feel about what was done to demon Eden, Kinsey was also taken advantage of. They kissed, made out, and Kinsey gave her heart to Gabe. And because she didn’t know who Gabe was, Kinsey couldn’t give proper consent.
It’s also a startling realization for Tyler, who the actor Connor Jessup matched Jones energy to a “T,” because he’s treated this guy as a friend and trusted him with family secrets. And by the look on his face when he asks who they banished…he knows it was Ellie or someone else that was innocent. That is devastating because they were just trying to stop Dodge and she tricked them all into doing something that they will never be able to forgive themselves for.
Gabe appearing at the end of “Past is Prologue” is something we did not expect. Sure, another episode or maybe Gabe was delayed for some reason so the Lockes could have some time to process what they just found out. But nope, Locke & Key was like, “Out of the frying pan and into the fire.” And because we love drama in all it’s facets, we are ready and excited for what’s to come in the next episode of Locke & Key.