Have you finished watching The Umbrella Academy season 3 on Netflix? It was time to save the world once more, but this time the strategy and the stakes were a little different. The universe’s impending demise appears to be avoided by the Hargreeves siblings. the outcomes? It makes sense that they are complex.
After the Hargreeves take on the rival Sparrow Academy, a universe-destroying black hole, and ruthless warriors known as the Guardians, this is where things stand. Did they manage to reset the universe, or did they only make matters worse? Let’s get into the complicated details.
The Kugelblitz is what, and how do you pronounce it?
The complete justification for the season’s big bad can be found in episode 5. (not counting the initial antagonism from the Sparrow Academy and the trio of Guardians at the end). In a nutshell, the Kugelblitz, which resembles an orange ball of energy, collapses matter erratically through time and space until everything is black. The universe’s response to a Grandfather Paradox that Sissy’s superpowered son Harlan created is this black hole.
Viktor and Sissy fell in love after meeting in Dallas, 1963, during season 2. Viktor unintentionally gave some of his powers to Harlan while saving him from drowning. Viktor thought he had prevented Harlan from exploding in the season 2 finale by taking his powers, but a changed Harlan kept them for the rest of his life.
On October 1, 1989, the day the Hargreeves siblings were all illogically born, Sissy passed away from cancer. Harlan’s sorrow brought him closer to Viktor, whose return to them was something he had always wished for. Harlan’s energy burst was found by Viktor’s mother, who was at the time the closest connection to him, as a result of this connection. Along with the mothers of the other Hargreeves siblings, Harlan accidentally killed her. This led to the Grandfather Paradox, wherein the siblings were never born in the new timeline. Their pasts have been erased, and the Sparrow Academy is the main superhero show in town when they travel forward in time from the 1960s to 2019.
The sacrifice of Luther and Klaus will not deter them from rising.
Father Reginald, oh my. You appeared to have altered your behavior, but no! Klaus had faith that the Hargreeves’ (and the Sparrows’) adoptive father would treat the children with more tenderness and consideration. In season 2, he figuratively unveiled a new layer: A blue alien with lizard-like features lies beneath that stern exterior.
We learn that this alien has a blade-like arm in the third season’s penultimate episode, which he uses to stab Luther to death. He has previously employed this strategy to unite the siblings. Then he sacrifices Klaus, sealing the door on him as the other seven siblings flee from Hotel Obsidian (later revealed to be Hotel Oblivion). So much for Reginald changing his ways; he only cares about how many siblings he needs to reset the universe.
Thankfully, after some convincing, Klaus makes his way back from the afterlife to save the siblings from the Guardians. He does this by briefly conjuring Luther just in time to save the day.
Lila is truly expecting this time.
We watch Diego develop as he learns to care for his new son after Lila leaves Stanley at his door. Only later does Lila admit that Stanley is actually her friend Trudy’s child and not his son (unfortunately, Stan ends up Kugelblitzed). She “borrowed” him to see how capable Diego would be at taking care of his actual son. Yes, Lila is currently carrying Diego’s unborn child, whose life they can save only if they overthrow the Guardians and change the course of history.
After experiencing racial discrimination in the 1960s American civil rights movement, Allison’s arc this season saw her grow tired of always being the nice one. She finds her daughter Claire is gone in the altered present after losing her husband Raymond Chestnut in the past. She leans into the full range of her abilities out of frustration and discovers (with help from Harlan’s lingering energy) that she can influence people without having to use the phrase “I heard a rumor…”
By agreeing to do whatever it takes to bring Claire (and possibly Raymond) back, she goes beyond her usual behavior. This primarily entails trying to convince the other siblings to join them in combating the dangerous Guardians and resetting the universe.
The universe will be reset by the seven bells.
This time, all it takes to stop the world from ending is for one of the siblings to figuratively press the reset button. Seven stars are visible across the floor in the lobby of Hotel Obsidian, which was later identified as Hotel Oblivion, a massive machine built by the person who initially created the universe. With the exception of Allison, the remaining seven siblings stand atop these “bells” to form a sigil that burns the particles inside their bodies as fuel. The universe doesn’t return to the expected state while Reginald appears to alter the machine’s settings, which could be the cause. Allison kills Reginald in order to prevent the siblings from being electrocuted to death, but she ultimately decides to press the big red reset button.
Why the hell did everyone get hurt?
As soon as everything returns to “normal,” Allison receives Claire and, strangely, Raymond. Is he merely a creation of her mind? She had previously interacted with him while under a lot of stress. Or has he actually left 1963 and arrived in 2019?
When Luther returns, he is no longer partially ape, so he is also different. The siblings have lost all of their abilities. Ben is still the asshole version of the Sparrows, that much is constant. Sloane, Luther’s true love, might still exist somewhere in the reset world but not as a student at the Sparrow Academy, so Luther desperately sets out to find her. The other siblings depart in their own directions.
Reginald also receives his desired outcome. He appears to be the owner of every skyscraper in the city, which all bear the Hargreeves name. Old Reg watches over the city from a tower reminiscent of Tony Stark, marked by enormous “H E” letters (or “H” and three horizontal lines floating parallel to one another). She is the same ethereal woman who was discovered to have been living in a confined space on the moon at the same time Luther did. Her name is Abigail Hargreeves, and the label on her cryogenic tube stated that she had passed away. The purpose of Reginald’s mission to the moon, he explained to Luther, was to “guard the most precious thing in the universe.” Reggie and Abigail’s loving gazes toward one another imply that they are dating.
Abigail Hargreeves, who?
Surprisingly, Abigail Hargeeves made her debut right at the start of the season 1 finale. A number of rockets are seen launching into the sky in the enigmatic scene, which is set “long ago” on what appears to be a farm on another planet. It implies that Abigail and Reginald are a married couple who are both foreigners. Reginald is asked by Abigail on her deathbed to take her violin and give it to someone else to cherish (of course, Viktor ends up being the recipient). Reggie, the world needs you, she exclaims. The planet of Reginald and Abigail did it die? Was Reginald’s original intent to found The Umbrella Academy and use his kids as a source of power for the device that reset the universe in order to bring Abigail and their home planet back? Possibly, season 4 will provide those solutions.
In a midcredits scene, we jump to South Korea, the camera snaking through a train until a familiar face appears. Season 3 isn’t done with teasers for the future. One more Ben! As he makes his way to Seoul’s Yeouido Station while sporting a sharp suit and a book, this person exudes extreme cool. Therefore, there are two Bens in this reset universe, not just one.
Hold on, backup. Who founded the Commission, number five?
Surprisingly, one of this season’s biggest revelations doesn’t seem to be a big deal by the end. In the Grandfather Paradox-proof bunker that belonged to the Commission’s founder, Five encounters himself from the future in episode 4. Yes, Five was the Commission’s original founder all along. He had founded the company that was giving him so much trouble. Old Five appears to have come from a timeline where the Hargreeves stopped Reginald before he reset the universe, based on his one arm and tattoo of the sigil. Will the specifics of what occurred in that timeline be confirmed? If season 4 has enough time to explain, perhaps.
What can we expect from season 4?
Netflix has not yet given the go-ahead for Season 4, but creator and showrunner Steve Blackman has ideas for what might come after. Sadly, it appears that season 4 will be the last.
Blackman told TheWrap, “I think inevitably if we got a season 4, it’s going towards an endgame.” “After season 4, I’m not sure where we’d go, I think, at some point. We must exercise caution. I don’t want to keep going over the same ground we’ve covered in the past year. It’s difficult to think of a fresh way to undermine this plot, but I believe we have an idea of how to do it.”
“However, I believe that if we made it to season 4, the show’s run would come to a fantastic conclusion. Not that I couldn’t do more, but four seasons would, in my opinion, be very satisfying for the audience.”