Have they done binging season 3 of The Umbrella Academy on Netflix? It was another season of saving the world, but the approach – and the stakes – was a little different this time. Hargreeves’ siblings seem to successfully prevent the entire universe from collapsing. But the results are a bit complicated.
This is where things stand after the Hargreeves battled the rival Sparrow Academy, a universe-destroying black hole and vicious warriors known as the Guardians. Did they successfully reset the universe or make things worse? Let’s dive into the gnarly details.
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What is the Kugelblitz (and how do you spell it)?
Episode 5 is where you’ll find the full explanation of this season’s equivalent of a great evil (not counting the initial hostility of the Sparrow Academy and the trio of Guardians at the end). In a nutshell, the Kugelblitz — what looks like an orange ball of energy — randomly collapses matter through time and space until all existence turns black. This black hole is the universe’s answer to a grandfather paradox created by Harlan, Sissy’s super-powered son.
In Season 2, Viktor met Sissy in Dallas in 1963, and the couple fell in love. While rescuing Harlan from drowning, Viktor accidentally gave him some of his powers. In the Season 2 finale, Viktor believed he saved Harlan from the explosion by absorbing his powers, but an altered Harlan kept them for the rest of his life.
On October 1, 1989, Sissy died of cancer, the same day Hargreeves’ siblings were inexplicably born. Harlan’s grief brought him into contact with Viktor, whom he had always wanted to return to them. This connection caused Harlan to unleash an energy burst that found the closest association with Viktor at the time: his mother. Harlan accidentally killed her along with the mothers of Hargreeves’ other siblings. This resulted in a grandfather paradox — in this altered timeline, the siblings were never born. Jumping forward from the 60s, they find themselves in a revised 2019, where their past has been erased, and the Sparrow Academy is the premier superhero show in town.
Luther and Klaus Are Sacrificed (But That Doesn’t Stop Them)
Oh, Father Reginald. You seemed to have changed your ways, but no! The adoptive father of the Hargreeves (and the sparrows) gave Klaus hope that he would treat the siblings with more love and care. He revealed a new layer in Season 2: Beneath that austere exterior lies a lizard-like blue alien.
Allison, Diego, and Klaus.
In the penultimate episode of season 3, this alien has a razor-sharp arm, which he uses to stab Luther to death. This is part of his tactic to bring the siblings together. Then, as the Kugelblitz engulfs Hotel Obsidian (later revealed as Hotel Oblivion), he sacrifices Klaus and closes the door on him while the remaining seven siblings escape. So much for changing his ways: the cold-blooded Reginald only cares about the right number of siblings he needs to reset the universe.
Fortunately, after some persuasion, Klaus returns from the afterlife to rescue the siblings in battle with the Guardians, using his powers to summon Luther briefly at the ideal moment of rescue.
Lila is pregnant — this time for real.
When Lila puts Stanley on Diego’s doorstep, we see Diego grow and eventually hug as he takes care of his new son. Only later does Lila reveal that Stanley is not his son but her partner Trudy’s (unfortunately, Stan Kugelblitzed). She “borrowed” him to test Diego if he would be fit to care for his real son. That’s right – Lila is pregnant with Diego’s unborn son, whom they can only save if they defeat the Guardians and reset the universe.
Reginald Hargreeves never fails to exploit his adopted children.
Allison goes villain once
Allison’s arc this season made her lose the patience to always be the nice one, especially after the racial discrimination she suffered during the American civil rights movement in the 1960s. After losing her husband, Raymond Chestnut, in the past, she discovers that her daughter Claire no longer exists in the altered present. Tired of the hand she’s been given, she leans to the fullest of her powers and discovers (with the help of Harlan’s remaining energy) that she can influence people without having to say, “I’ve heard a rumor…”
She takes another step outside of her character by making a deal with Reginald to do whatever it takes to get Claire (and possibly Raymond) back. This mainly involves convincing the other siblings to fight against the dangerous Guardians and reset the universe.
The seven clocks reset the universe
This time, to save the world, all one of the siblings has to do is press a literal reset button. In the lobby of Hotel Obsidian – later revealed as Hotel Oblivion, a giant machine built by whoever created the universe – seven stars can be seen across the floor. The seven surviving siblings, save for Allison, are inscribed on these symbols or bubbles, which use the particles in their bodies as fuel. Meanwhile, Reginald appears to be changing the machine’s settings, which could explain why the universe isn’t returning to the expected norm. To prevent the siblings from being sucked to death, Allison kills Reginald and then decides to push the big red reset button anyway.
What the hell happened to everyone?
With the universe back to “normal,” Allison gets exactly what she wanted: Claire and, inexplicably, Raymond. She had previously interacted with him while under high stress. Is he just a figment of her imagination? Or did he travel from 1963 to 2019?
Luther returns, but he’s also not the same — he’s no longer a monkey. None of the siblings have their powers anymore. One thing doesn’t change: Ben is still the bastard version of the Sparrows. The rest of the siblings go their separate ways. Luther desperately runs off to find his love Sloane, who may still exist somewhere in the reset world, just not as part of the Sparrow Academy.
Reginald also gets what he wants. He seems to own every high-rise building in town, all brandishing Hargreeves. In a Tony Stark-esque tower, marked by huge “HE” letters (or “H” and three horizontal lines hovering parallel to each other), old Reg overlooks the city with the same ethereal woman revealed to be on the moon who lives on the moon. Same time Luther was. Reginald told Luther his mission was to “guard the most precious thing in the universe.” The way Reggie and the woman look at each other lovingly suggests they are an item.
The man who will be known as Cock Ben.
That mid-credits scene
Season 3 isn’t done teasing about the future — in a mid-credits scene, we jump to South Korea, and the camera squirms through a train until a familiar face appears. Another Ben! This one looks super soft, wears a fitted suit, and reads a book while traveling to Yeouido Station in Seoul. So in this reset universe, not one but two Bens exist.
What a full season, with many cliffhangers to propel us to the next. (There are rumors that Season 4 has already been given the green light.) If you’re eager to stay rooted in the land of The Umbrella Academy, here’s our mostly positive review of Season 3 and a great list of sci-fi TV shows that fill the emptiness between the seasons.