Umbrella Academy season 3 teases family reunion

Emily Gulla
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Photo credit: Umbrella Academy - Netflix
Photo credit: Umbrella Academy - Netflix

From Cosmopolitan

The Umbrella Academy is way, way up there when it comes to Netflix shows that have stolen our attention (and hours of our time), and it's safe to say we're huge fans of the Hargreeves siblings. But with season two ending with some major clues pointing to what will happen next, the question on everyone's lips was of course, will we get an Umbrella Academy season three, and when? Well, the lovely lot over at Netflix have just confirmed there will indeed be a season three. Yes!

Here's everything you need to know about Season 3 of The Umbrella Academy. Warning: season two spoilers ahead.

When did Netflix confirm an Umbrella Academy Season 3?

On November 10th Netflix delivered us the very exciting news that The Umbrella Academy will return for a third season. The series will be back with another 10 one-hour episodes, with production beginning in February in Toronto, Canada. The cast set to reprise their roles include Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Justin H. Min, Ritu Arya, and Colm Feore.

How did The Umbrella Academy Season 2 end?

The ending of season two of The Umbrella Academy left some pretty major clues surrounding what could happen next if there is a season three. The second season's finale set the scene for a new adventure for the super-powered Hargreeves family, and it also introduced a parallel school for young heroes called the Sparrow Academy.

Ending on a cliffhanger, the heroes managed to fight off The Handler and her Commission minions, with Herb, the new head of the Commission, helping the Hargreeves siblings return to 2019, the year they left at the end of season one.

However, the 2019 they wind up in looks a whole lot different to the one they left, paving the way for a pretty interesting season three.

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

For one, the Umbrella Academy mansion, which Dark Vanya destroyed at the end of season one is still in tact, and their brother Ben, who had previously died 17 years ago is now alive, along with their dad Reginald Hargreeves.

However, in a huge plot twist, neither Ben or Reginald recognise the rest of the group - and it's revealed that they're not in the home of the Umbrella Academy, but in fact the Sparrow Academy. Yikes.

What is the Sparrow Academy and will it appear in Season 3?

With season two ending on the huge Sparrow Academy cliffhanger, it seems likely that the Sparrow Academy will play a big part in season three.

According to the comics by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, which the show is based on, there are a group of Sparrow Academy superheroes who look similar to those of the Umbrella Academy, only they wear bird patches rather than umbrella patches as their logo.

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

A fourth volume of the comic is also in the works, titled 'Sparrow Academy' and fans reckon the new comic's plot will also provide some pointers for season three of the show.

According to the comic's writer Gerard Way, "The series finally starts to answer the question: ‘What about the other babies born on that day, in that moment?’ The Umbrella Academy siblings are not alone in the world anymore."


One theory is that Reginald Hargreeves adopted more than just the seven special kids, and trained the new group as the Sparrow Academy. However, it's not clear yet when the 'Sparrow Academy' comics will be released.

Photo credit: Umbrella Academy - Netflix
Photo credit: Umbrella Academy - Netflix

On 24 November, showrunner Steve Blackman hinted that we'd be introduced to some of the Sparrow Academy in the season 3 premiere. The episode is titled 'Meet the Family' and is co-written by Blackman and Lost Girl's Michelle Lovretta.

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