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What’s behind the door at Lockwood and Co?

January 29, 2023

The post What’s behind the door at Lockwood and Co? first appeared on Ready Steady Cut.

This article is about what’s behind the door of Lockwood and Co and therefore may contain spoilers for the first season..

Unsurprisingly, the new netflix supernatural teen drama Lockwood & Co.based on Jonathan Stroud’s series of novels, became a great success. The British-style series, adapted to the cinema by Attack the blockit is Joe Cornishhas a compelling premise that puts children and teens at the forefront of a battle against vengeful spirits, who have returned to haunt the living in what is colloquially described as “The Trouble.”

A crucial aspect of the problem is that specters, of which there are different types based on gravity and intentions, can only be seen and fought by children. Most children – but certainly not all – have the talent, the abilities with which they can sense or see spirits that adults do not possess. As the children reach adulthood, they actually lose their talent, which is why private and government agencies have been created to train the youngsters and send them on missions to defeat the so-called visitors.

The incumbent Lockwood & Co. is one such agency, although it is (almost) entirely controlled by its members, Anthony Lockwood, George Karimand Lucy Carlyle. They operate from 25 Portland Row, a sprawling home left to Anthony by his parents, who we have to understand are both dead. The property functions as both the agency’s headquarters and a home for Anthony, Lucy, and George, though like Anthony himself, it’s not without secrets.

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What’s behind the door of Lockwood & Co?

One of these secrets is a mysterious door that no one is allowed to open. We first find out about it in the first episode when Lucy gets a tour of the place. Nobody goes there. The door remains locked. Throughout the season, while we can glean brief snippets of Anthony’s backstory, the actual content of the play is still left unaddressed. Eventually, Lucy and George agree that this is obviously something important to him, but if not, leave him alone.

After the events of the season finale involving Joplin and Bone Glass, Anthony decides that the children can no longer hold secrets from each other if they are to succeed as an agency. So, he takes Lucy and George upstairs and opens the door. Frustratingly, the season ends before we can see what’s inside.

As we have no confirmation of what is behind the door, we can only speculate. But we know it’s something very important for Anthony. The defining aspect of his story is the loss of his parents and his sister. The ghosts of his parents were apparently the first he ever fought, but his sister’s death might be even more crucial since he still holds some personal responsibility for it.

Anthony’s sister died while going through their parents’ belongings, a task Anthony refused to help with (presumably to avoid having to deal with loss and grief). While doing this, however, she accidentally broke an Indonesian ghost pot which released a spirit that ultimately killed her. Anthony was too late to save her. The logical assumption is that Anthony’s sister was killed in the room beyond this door.

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My personal theory is that Anthony preserves the room as some sort of memorial, but I also strongly suspect that his sister’s ghost may be there, with or without his knowledge. If Netflix decides to renew the showI wouldn’t be surprised to see Anthony’s sister become a proper recurring character, although the question of the play’s content will certainly be addressed.

So that’s what’s behind the door of Lockwood and Co – or at leastast what might be behind it. Do you have your own theories? Let us know in the comments below.

Further reading:

  • Who is Bobby Vernon in Lockwood and Co?
  • Who plays Norrie in Lockwood and Co?
  • Is Lockwood and Co on Netflix suitable for children?

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