There’s a Secretive New Character Joining The Umbrella Academy

There’s a Secretive New Character Joining The Umbrella Academy

This article contains spoilers for The Umbrella Academy Season Two.

The Umbrella Academy’s second season is so funny, fast-paced, and action-packed that it can be forgiven for having broadly the same story line as Season One. Both seasons find the super-powered Hargreeves siblings facing a countdown to the apocalypse, and end with them using time travel to escape to different era. Thankfully, the details of both stories are very different, and the ending of Season Two hints at some deeply cool possibilities for Season Three by setting the stage for a new adventure for the Hargreeves family, and introducing a parallel school for young heroes—the Sparrow Academy.

Now, after somewhat of a lull in Umbrella Academy news, we can thank the one and only Javon Walton—who plays Ashtray in Euphoria—for a cryptic tease for the next season. Following reports that the young actor would appear in Season Three of The Umbrella Academy, we asked him (during our Euphoria post-finale interview) if he could tell us more about his role in the show. “The cast was phenomenal to work with,” Walton said. “My character though, people aren’t going to be expecting that. People will think I’m going to be part of the other academy and all this other stuff. But it’s something that people aren’t really expecting.”

Unfortunately, he wouldn’t tell us whether or not he had superpowers. Bummer. When you’re ready, here’s everything else we know about Season Three of The Umbrella Academy so far.

Has The Umbrella Academy been renewed for a third season?

Good news: Netflix ordered third season for the show, which is reportedly 10 episodes long. Filming has already wrapped on the new season, too. Considering we haven’t seen our superpowered friends since 2019, we can safely expect an official announcement on the release date any day now.

What happens in the Season Two cliffhanger?

At the end of the Umbrella Academy’s adventures in Dallas, they successfully fight off The Handler and her Commission stooges. Herb, the new head of the Commission, helpfully lets them take one of his time machine briefcases, and the Hargreeves siblings return to 2019, the year they left at the end of Season One.

But they land in a 2019 that looks very different from the one they left. The Umbrella Academy mansion, which Dark Vanya destroyed at the end of Season One, is still standing. But that’s not all—in this new-old world, their brother Ben, who in their timeline died 17 years ago, is alive and well. So is their dad, Reginald Hargreeves, though it was his death at the very beginning of the series that initially reunited the siblings. But the biggest difference of all is that neither Ben nor Reginald recognize the rest of the gang—and they let the interlopers know that they haven’t landed in the home of the Umbrella Academy, but of the Sparrow Academy.

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So what’s the Sparrow Academy?

That’s where the season ends, so it seems safe to assume that Season Three will tackle the mystery of the Sparrow Academy. Not much is known about this bizarro Umbrella Academy, but the comics by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá on which the show is based offer a clue. In Volume Three, “Hotel Oblivion,” it’s revealed that Reginald stashed all the villains defeated by Umbrella Academy in a prison located deep in space. After they break out and make their way back to earth, they all seek revenge on the Hargreeves clan. The Umbrella Academy is having a tough time fighting off all the baddies, until they get an assist from a group of superheroes who look suspiciously like them, but wear bird patches rather than umbrella patches as their logo.

In an interview with Forbes, Way revealed some plot points for the comic’s fourth volume, which is titled none other than “Sparrow Academy.”

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“[It] deals with a very big reveal in the Umbrella Academy universe, something that had been secret for a long time, and our siblings learn a lot about what was happening behind the scenes, as well as discovering the true nature of some characters that have been with them since the beginning,” he told Forbes. “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.”

It seems likely that Reginald Hargreeves adopted way more than seven special kids, and that trained this new group under the banner of the Sparrow Academy. Hopefully we don’t have to wait too long to find out.

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