The Thorn Key, also known as the Plant Key[1], is one of the keys.

History[edit | edit source]

Dodge used the key in his series of attacks on the Locke family in February. However, the Lockes were able to fend him off through unknown means, although injured.[2]

Netflix Adaptation[edit | edit source]

The Thorn Key, renamed as the Plant Key, was one of the keys possessed by Rendell Locke and his friends. At an unknown point in time, Rendell Locke used the key to hide Duncan's memories — presumably taken by the Head Key — in the cemetery of Keyhouse Manor.

Duncan's memories in the cemetery.

Sometime in the future, Kinsey and Tyler discover the memories when they hear the key calling to them. They realize that Duncan previously knew about the keys, and even get a glimpse into their father using the Ghost Key. They also find out that Rendell's friends — who supposedly died in the caves — did not actually die this way.[3]

It is later revealed that Duncan witnessed Rendell killing Lucas after he killed their friends. They took away his memories and hid them somewhere nobody would find them, inventing the story that the children drowned and were washed away to sea.[4]

Uses[edit | edit source]

The Key inserted into the greenhouse

The key allows its user to control plants.[2][5]

The key can be used in the greenhouse. Once it "unlocks" an artifact in the greenhouse, vines grow out of it rapidly. There are roses on the vines, resembling the face of the user. Apparently, the vines are sentient and follow the will of the one who activated them.[2]

In the Netflix series, the key can store items within the roots of a tree, the keyhole manifesting on the tree itself. Rendell used it to hide Duncan's memories in Keyhouse's cemetery. Tyler and Kinsey then used the key to uproot the memories from the tree.[3] Kinsey and Scot also use the key to film a scene for "The Splattering," where a vine wraps itself around Kinsey's leg and drags her across the ground.[5]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Fans initially believed the Thorn Key and the Plant Key were separate keys until Joe Hill clarified it via Twitter that the two were the same Key.[6]
  • The key's Plant key redesign was by set designer Karl Crosby.

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