This article is about Sam Lesser from the Netflix adaptation. You may be looking for Sam Lesser from the graphic novels.

Sam Lesser is a recurring character in Netflix's Locke & Key. With a GPA of 3.4, Sam is struggling with the burden of a neglectful, abusive father and a personality disorder. His emotions get the better of him multiple times, causing him to commit atrocities against the Locke Family.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Sam originates from a troubled background and his father is neglectful, treating him and his unnamed younger sister like vermin and picking fights with him over little things like drinking cola. This leads to problems at home and multiple meetings at school with Rendell Locke, the school counselor. In the meetings, Rendell talks with Sam; however Sam is unresponsive to the conversation, and Rendell eventually asks Tyler to get close with Sam in order to diagnose his issues. Eventually, he is diagnosed with a personality disorder.

Communion with Dodge[edit | edit source]

Making Contact and Arrest[edit | edit source]

Around the same time, Dodge begins reaching out to Sam, telling him that she is there for him. Unbeknownst to him, however, she is using him to find the magical keys hidden throughout Keyhouse Manor. Sam obliges, and eventually, he confronts Rendell in Seattle over the location of the keys. Rendell does not reveal anything, and Sam shoots Rendell before attacking his family, killing him in the process.[1] Nina later hits him over the head with a hammer, knocking him out until he is arrested by the police.[2]

Escape, Confrontation, and Death[edit | edit source]

Following an unexplained amount of time remanded into prison, Sam is visited once again by Dodge, however, who gifts him the Matchstick Key to aid him in his escape from prison.[3]

Sam later escapes from prison and, on Dodge's orders, attacks the Locke Family once again at Keyhouse. He ties them up and demands the Head Key, however Kinsey and Bode are able to hide it in a stuffed plush toy. They tell Sam that Tyler has the key, and Sam tells them that they can wait until he returns home. When Tyler returns and it is revealed he does not have the key, he too is tied up. Kinsey tells him that they buried the key and Sam takes her and Bode into the woods to find it. They are attacked by Kinsey's fear, however, and Sam returns to the house to threaten Nina.

Sam is eventually able to get the Head Key after it is used on him. Dodge arrives to take the key from him, but Sam is confused as to if he should hand over the key or not. Impatient, Dodge stabs him and takes the key from him forcefully.[2]

Legacy[edit | edit source]

When the police arrive, Sam has no option but to leave through the Ghost Door — which Bode has left unlocked — to escape. He does not know the purpose of the door, however, and finds himself now a ghost. The police shut the door, meaning that Sam cannot return to his body and is now a Keyhouse ghost forever. In the aftermath of his death, the Locke Family's neighbors brought them fresh meals to give their condolences for their experience of watching their nemesis kill the same boy who had murdered their father.[2]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Sam was mistreated by his father along with his supportive yet timid sister, causing him to live a life of mental pain under the shadow of his peers. The constant abuse from his father turned Sam into a very cynical person who struggles to see good in others and has no one except his vulnerable sister and rocky friendship with Tyler, which in turn made him vulnerable to Dodge's schemes.

After meeting Dodge and learning of the keys, Sam became dedicated to seeking out the Head Key and prove himself to Dodge, whom he felt was the only one that appreciated him. His trust for her wavered when Tyler claimed he knew and detested Dodge, leading him to beg Dodge to tell him if he was right about her, which she did in quite an ironic way, leading to his death.

He was not inherently malevolent, merely craving love in any shape or form, and only holding his friend and his kin at gunpoint and tying them down to ensure he was in control of the current situation, even forcing the Lockes to have dinner with him in the hostage setting.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Season One

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • He killed Rendell as he would not give him the Head Key.
  • He has a tattoo of an omega symbol on his wrist.
  • Sam lives with his father at 4201 Adelbert Street and has the phone number (206) 143-8941
  • He is the only known person to go through the Ghost Door and have it close behind him.

References[edit | edit source]

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