This article contains major spoilers of season 2. So, if you haven’t watched it yet, you might want to avoid reading this article.
‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 2 was recently released on Netflix, on July 31 2020, after 15 months of wait, and it has already become the steaming giant’s biggest release this year. Speaking at Cable Telecommunications Association for marketing’s summer press tour, showrunner Steve Blackman expressed his high hopes for the official order for a new season 3.
- What ‘The Umbrella Academy’ is all about?
- SPOILER ALERT! What happened in season 2?
- What makes ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 2 so binge-worthy?
- When is season 3 of ‘The Umbrella Academy’ going to air?
Meanwhile, the cast Justin Min (Ben), Emmy Raver-Lampman (Allison), Aidan Gallagher (Number 5), Ellen Page (Vanya), and David Castaneda (Diego) witnessed their social media accounts blow up with appreciation from fans after the release of season 2.
What ‘The Umbrella Academy’ is all about?
‘The Umbrella Academy’ series is about 7 adopted kids who were inexplicably born with mysterious powers to random women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before.
The 7 were adopted by billionaire industrialist Sir Reginald Hargreeves, who created ‘The Umbrella Academy’ to prepare his children to save the world. During their teenage years, due to some family dispute, the group fell apart.
Cut to the present time, the Hargreeves gang reunites for the first time as adults when their father dies. They soon realize that they must work together to solve the mystery behind their father’s death and prevent the impending apocalypse.
SPOILER ALERT! What happened in season 2?
‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 2 picks up from where season 1 left off. It reveals what happens to the Hargreeves after Number Five sends the gang back in time to 1960s Dallas.
One of the characters most affected by this time travel is Allison (played by Emmy Raver-Lampman), who has to deal with the realities of being a Black woman in the South during an incredibly difficult time. Given the cliff-hanger season 2 has left fans with, season 3 is guaranteed.
However, like Blackman, Raver-Lampman too acknowledged the fact that Netflix has not yet confirmed any possibilities of a new season and shared her interest in continuing to play Allison. While talking to Collider, she said, “In her landing scene, we see her getting chased by men and running into a beauty salon to seek shelter. Three years later she is still in survival mode, trying to normalize the violence she’s seen as a Black woman. So I would love to explore her mental health given a chance.”
What makes ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 2 so binge-worthy?
- Reduced length of episodes: Season 2 has taken a leaner approach with episodes being 10-15 minutes shorter than the last season. The logic behind this decision was explained by Blackman, “We wanted fans to feel the whole series like a 10 hours long movie, hence the 45 minutes structure”.
- Lila Pitts: Season 2 saw a new character in Diego’s (David Castaneda) life – Lila (Ritu Arya). She wormed herself into Diego’s life during their stay as patients in a mental hospital. About the future of Lila, Blackman said, “Lila has unfinished business with the family. So, safe to say, season 2 is not the end of Lila”.
- Real-life implications of having superpowers: In most superhero movies, TV series, and comics, there is a tendency to overlook the real-life side-effect of superpowers such as time travel or bringing dead to life as ghosts for a flashy story. But, in ‘The Umbrella Academy’ we get to see how Allison, being a Black woman, had to struggle when the gang was sent back to 1960s Dallas.
When is season 3 of ‘The Umbrella Academy’ going to air?
Although Netflix has not yet announced whether or when the Hargreeves will be back on-screen, season 2 ended with an epic cliff-hanger and hence, season 3 is guaranteed. So, the only question is when.
We have to sit tight and wait for that announcement still! However, if you have still not watched the second season of ‘The Umbrella Academy’ yet, what are you waiting for?
What are your thoughts on the season 2 finale? What do you think will happen in season 3? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.