The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Ending Explained | Clues on what to expect in Season 3
First and foremost, major spoilers ahead if you’ve yet to finish watching Netflix Original - The Umbrella Academy, Season 2. We'll be diving into the some of the burning questions you may have about The Umbrella Academy with its ending explained, as well as some of the hints that were dropped on what to expect in Season 3.
Before we begin, a short tribute/background to the creative origin of the Umbrella Academy.
A Brief Abstract – The Umbrella Academy Origins
It started in the mid-20th century, where 43 infants were mysteriously from women who show no signs of pregnancy (even virgins). These 43 children were blessed (or cursed) with unique superpower abilities. Sir Reginald Hargreeves, aka the Monacle, literally ‘buys’ 7 of these children from their confused mothers and forms The Umbrella Academy with the intent of putting a stop to an unclear threat to mankind’s existence. He calls them by numbers 1 to 7 and very much like a Professor in X-men, helps them to harness their super abilities but reveals little about himself or his plans, leaving the children to figure things out with the audience as the plot unfolds.
The series is adapted on Netflix based on a comic series, featuring an ensemble cast including Ellen Page as Vanya Hargreeves and Tom Hopper as Luther Hargreeves.
The Umbrella Academy Cast vs Comics
Number 1 - Spaceboy (Starring Tom Hopper as Luther Hargreeves)
Number 2 - The Kraken (Starring David Castaneda as Diego Hargreeves)
Number 3 - The Rumor (Emmy Raver-Lampman as Allison Hargreeves)
Number 4 - The Séance (Robert Sheehan as Klaus Hargreeves)
Number 5 - The Boy (Aidan Gallagher as Five Hargreeves)
Number 6 - The Horror (Justin H. Min as Ben Hargreeves)
Number 7 - The White Violin (Starring Ellen Page as Vanya Hargreeves)
The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Explained
Let’s jump right in to some of the burning questions you might have from watching Season 2 of The Umbrella Academy:
The New Superpower – Lila (Ritu Arya)
It was revealed earlier on in The Umbrella Academy season 2 that Lila is actually the adopted daughter of The Handler, placed in the psychiatric hospital with Diego in order to infiltrate the Hargreeves family. However, it's not until the final episode that Lila's true nature is revealed: she's one of the 43 special children born on 1 October 1989.
Her special ability? – The Mirror. She has the unique ability to mirror the others' powers - though it seems she can only use one at a time. She demonstrates this ability first by creating an energy shield to protect herself and The Handler from Vanya's powers, and then by unleashing her own shockwave of energy. She turns Allison's rumours against her, almost killing her, and then engages in a teleportation fight with Five.
This revelation explains why The Handler chose to personally get involved with the assassination of Lila's parents and then fudge the paperwork. The Commission usually only assassinates people who are anomalies within the timeline, in order to stop them from pushing things off course. However, The Handler's goal was similar to that of Reginald Hargreeves: she wanted one of the special children for herself, and Lila's parents were simply an obstacle. The Handler even tries to add another special child to her collection by attempting to take Harlan when he demonstrates his newfound powers.
For a moment in the finale it felt like Lila might have been on the verge of joining the Umbrella Academy... before they were all slaughtered and Five had to reverse time to fix things. Instead, she ends up grabbing a Commission briefcase and vanishing, with Diego throwing himself in Luther's path in order to let her escape. With the briefcase in hand, Lila could have ended up anywhere in the world, at any point in history - but it seems very likely that she'll show up again in season 3.
However, the Hargreeves will have a bigger problem to deal with than Lila. Also thanks to a briefcase, the siblings are now back in 2019, but as they altered the timeline by meeting Reginald in 1963, they arrived at the mansion of “The Sparrow Academy”, where a different version of Ben is still alive and leading the Sparrow team.
Who or What is The Sparrow Academy?
Instead, starting with Lila, the plot opens up to the other 36 superpower children that have yet to be unveiled. Let’s dive into some of the hints and possible theories.
Theory 1 – The Unwanted Umbrella Academy
When The Umbrella Academy team met Reginald in 1963, Reginald was able to catch a glimpse into his future initiative where he adopts these 7 children. Expect now that he seems what they have become, he appears far from amused with the outcome of his creations making a fool of themselves exploding fruits and acting possessed.
In an amusing twist, Reginald was not able to see Ben’s ghost and thus, didn’t know of his existence. In the new timeline, Reginald still adopts Ben into The Sparrow Academy, deliberately choosing not to call it ‘The Umbrella Academy’ this time. That is one possible theory.
Theory 2 – The Missing Children
It's clear that the Sparrow Academy is not just alternate versions of Luther, Allison, Five, Vanya, Klaus and Diego, since the alternate version of Ben that greets them doesn't recognise them.
Another possible theory of the Unwanted Umbrella Academy originals, the 6 children (excluding Ben), simply could not be found by Reginald in the new 2019 timeline, which led to Reginald adopting the next numbers in line supposedly 6 (Ben), 8, 9, 10 and so on to be his new number 1 to 7 with Ben being Number 1 as he stands in front of the squad.
The Hint – Ben’s Portrait on the wall
Previously a portrait of the long missing Five stuck in time travel, The new Sparrow Academy’s living room is now furnished with a huge portrait of Ben. This suggests that Ben could have been adopted as a baby in this new 2019 timeline. Instead of dying previously, his disappearance in the current timeline was because he went missing entwined in time travel with the original Umbrella Academy squad possibly when Klas summoned him into ‘existence’.
In an interview, Umbrella Academy creator Steve Blackman has confirmed this is an all new team. Blackman commented, “I will only say this given the fact that some of this is in the graphic novel. But they are new people. They’re not our characters. They are different people, and that’s all I can really say.”
These new characters will provide answers to the long-lingering question of what happened to the other babies that were born on the same day as the Hargreeves family. The Umbrella Academy season 3 would then see the team dealing with this new and unknown timeline where they don’t have a home and there’s a different team in action, as well as with whatever plans and experiments Reginald has been working on and Lila’s possible return. In addition to all that, there’s Harlan and his powers, which could have consequences even after 56 years.
Did you happen to catch a glimpse of the mysterious floating green cube in the final moments of Season 2? That was totally weird, right? Like, is the green cube supposed to be The Sparrow Academy equivalent of an aide, like Pogo or Grace were for The Umbrella Academy? Is it actually a member of The Sparrow Academy?
There’s so much to process at the end of Season 2, so it’s no wonder the green cube moment just kinda flew by in the show and was possibly overlooked by viewers. The mystery of the cube definitely needs to be addressed in Season 3. Until then, Umbrella Academy cast members Aidan Gallagher and David Castañeda offered up their own comments on the cube and what it could mean for Season 3 while chatting with Collider. For Gallagher, he told us that “I have a theory that the cube’s name is Rubiks. I have a theory that that’s gonna be how that plays out.”
Castañeda also touched on the green cube and his reactions to seeing it appear in the Episode 10 script, telling Collider, “I remember reading the script and there was a cube, and I thought, ‘I have a feeling that’s not gonna make it into the final draft, but I also really hope that it will,’ because it just opened up a can of questions. With Carmichael being a fish in a male’s body, it just really makes the whole universe beserk. So, that’s what I thought. I was like, ‘Just give me the cube. Stay with the cube. I wanna see what the cube is.'”
Even though there are no concrete cube answers to speak of, it is definitely something on the minds of the cast. It will be mighty interesting to see how this one pans out.
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