‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 3: What to Remember Before Watching

Everyone’s favorite dysfunctional adoptive superhero family returns for a third season on Netflix. The Umbrella Academybased on the comic book series by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, promises time travel shenanigans, devious father figures and possibly the end of the world.

Ahead of Season 3 releasing on June 22, refresh your memory of what happened in season 2. It ended with a stunning cliffhanger and a potential hope for a certain couple to reunite.


Vanya is at the center of Doomsday.


Vanya provokes Doomsday…again

Since season 1, the Hargreeves siblings have been tasked with preventing Doomsday, aka the apocalypse. Much like Season 1, Vanya (Elliot Page) is at the center of this world-destroying cataclysm.

In the Season 1 finale, Vanya releases energy that dislodges moon fragments into the Earth and ends the world. To prevent that from happening, Season 2 sees the siblings travel through time using the powers of Five (Aiden Gallagher). But they find themselves decades back, in 1963, in Dallas, at the time of the assassination of JFK.


Number Five (Aidan Gallagher) in The Umbrella Academy.


This, again, leads into Doomsday. Diego (David Castañeda) uses the Infinite Switchboard of the Commission – aka a secret agency that monitors the established timeline of the world – to see into the future, seeing an FBI building explode just as JFK’s car passes during his parade. This sets off a chain of events where JFK escapes assassination, but the US government believes the Russians are behind the explosion. They fight back and a nuclear war ensues, aka another Doomsday.

Turns out the explosion is – you guessed it – caused by Vanya. Considered a Russian spy, Vanya is tortured by the FBI. This triggers her powers and she is about to explode. Just in time, Ben (Justin H. Min) enters her mind and convinces her that her siblings love her. She takes control of her powers and prevents the explosion. JFK is assassinated and history resumes its “correct” timeline. Unfortunately, the ghost Ben is no longer able to return to the living world – he disintegrates, having fulfilled his end goal of saving Vanya.

Reginald is an alien?

The Hargreeves’ loving old adoptive father never fails to have an ace up his sleeve. During a roundtable with a group of conspiracy theorists known as the Majestic 12, Sir Reginald (Colm Feore) peels off his face, revealing that it’s a mask and is truly an interdimensional being. He immediately kills the gentlemen.

The Commission and the Hargreeves go to war

The climax of season 2 sees The Handler (Kate Walsh) – aka the head of the Commission and former boss of Five – send just about everyone to the Commission to go to war against the Hargreeves. This war takes place at Sissy’s farm (Marin Ireland), where she calls Vanya for help. Vanya realizes that she accidentally passed on some of her powers to Sissy’s son, Harlan (Justin Paul Kelly), when she resurrected him after he nearly drowned in a lake.

Harlan is about to explode, but Vanya calms him down and reabsorbs his powers.

Diego, meanwhile, convinces the powerful Lila (Ritu Arya) – who can mirror the powers of others – that she is one of the siblings, born on October 1, 1989, the same day they all were. Her adoptive mother The Handler doesn’t really love her and was really behind her parents’ deaths, determined to capture and control her. With this information, Sissy steals a briefcase – aka a device that transports people through time and space – and disappears.

The manager is shot

The Handler initially strafes everyone to death, but Five, having mastered his powers, jumps back a few seconds in time and prevents that from happening. When The Handler’s back is turned, Axel, the last of the three Swedish assassins, appears in the barn and kills her (well, it seems).

Herb (Ken Hall), now Acting Chairman of the Commission, hands the siblings a briefcase to return home.


Vanya, Sissy and Harlan.


Sissy knows she can’t go to the future with Vanya

Unfortunately, Vanya’s love, Sissy, decides not to join her in the future. “What would that even look like? Sissy said. Her first priority is Harlan, even though she is “afraid for” Vanya. She knows she won’t be able to have a safe normal life with Vanya in the future. But if Vanya finds a safe way to get back to Sissy, Sissy wants her to take it.

They share a final kiss and hug, before Vanya leaves. What they don’t realize: Harlan still demonstrates powers, levitating a carved wooden bird in his hand.

Allison says goodbye

Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampan) is forced to say goodbye to her husband, Ray (Yusuf Gatewood), who must stay in the 60s to continue working for the civil rights movement. She leaves Ray a letter informing him that she and her siblings succeeded in saving the world. She wishes she could be with him, and her time with him has changed her, but she knows she doesn’t belong in 1963.

The Sparrow Academy

The siblings finally return home, but it’s not like they know it. It is April 2, 2019, the day after the apocalypse, which they managed to prevent. They are celebrating over drinks, when Diego finds a painting of Ben on the fireplace. Reginald appears, no longer dead (his funeral takes place in the very first episode of Season 1). “It’s Sparrow Academy,” he declares, before a group of young superheroes gather on the porch.

“Dad, who the hell are these assholes?” Ben said more annoyed, more alive than ever with disheveled hair and a scar on his cheek.

So how the hell was the timeline messed up? Is Reginald an alien? Will Vanya and Sissy get together? And will Harlan be a superhero?

Hopefully Season 3 (which arrives June 22) will provide those answers.