Spoiler Alert!! This article contains spoilers for The Umbrella Academy season one and the original comic series
Going out with a literal bang, the season-one finale of Netflix’s Umbrella Academy teased fans with an explosive cliffhanger and not even the cast themselves know what’s next for our beloved misfits. That’s where we come in!
Just mere speculations and a few sneaky Easter eggs too, we’ve got a pretty good idea of where the team might end up in season two. After the team failed to stop the apocalypse that Vanya started, Number Five (my personal favourite) realized that their best chance of survival was to travel in time.
Given that the world became a dystopian wasteland just seconds after they left, it wouldn’t make sense for Umbrella Academy to jump forward to the future. Instead, it seems certain that Number Five will take our heroes back to the past. Another hint that points to them travelling into the past was the fact that they transformed back to their kid self, before the episode ends abruptly Where they traveled to remains a mystery.
The source material doesn’t provide a clear path either. Season one already incorporated a number of plot points from the first two mini-series while changing things up as well, so it looks like season two of Umbrella Academy will venture largely into the unknown, much like the heroes themselves. Simply put, it’s only the tip of the iceberg.
Many claimed that Number Five could have time travelled to 1955 to the Commision HQ in specific, as he has already made deals with The Handler (Kate Walsh) who runs this organisation and while they’re not exactly on good terms anymore, the information needed to stop the apocalypse could be found somewhere in her office.
However, this all presumes that Number Five is thinking logically when he makes his time jump. There was barely enough time for the team to escape with their lives in the season-one finale, let alone form a coherent plan. If the youngest member of the Academy acts purely on instinct, he may just jump back a few days before the apocalypse to try to prevent it happening all over again.
If this turns out to be true, then season two of Umbrella Academy will be much like season one at first, the kind of time loops popularised by many of today’s films such as Back to the Future and Happy Death Day. While this would certainly help set the show even further apart from otherbut sometimes, such a move also would run the risk of becoming too repetitive.
Instead there’s one option that I personally wish would be how season 2 would start and that makes far more sense and that’s for Number Five to take his family back to a time when their father was still alive. If the group become stranded in the distant past, they would likely first head to the Umbrella Academy and seek help from Sir Reginald Hargreeves before he committed suicide.
Season one never explained how Reginald seemed to know so much about time travel and the birth of these super-powered children in the first place. If the team went back and explained their predicament to him, this would explain a lot further some of the mysteries that not even the comics have tackled yet.
Although this might just be a theory for now, there are also some clues scattered throughout season one of Umbrella Academy which hint that this could be true. Remember when “Mom” stitched some embroidery that showed the moon with chunks missing? Reginald built the android to look after the children, so any thoughts or predictions she makes about the end of days ultimately came from him first. Eagle-eyed viewers might have also spotted a familiar scene depicted on the walls of the nursery. If you look closely, Number Five can be seen pulling a red wagon with Delores behind him and it’s no coincidence that this exact scene played out later in the future.
It goes to show that Reginald helped decide what would go in each child’s room, but why would he hint at the apocalypse in such a subtle way? Why not just tell the children exactly what they’re facing if he already knew?
In all honestly of course, such references may just be fun Easter eggs and nothing more but given how many mysteries still revolve around Reginald and the origins of the Umbrella Academy, it would make absolute sense for season two to literally dive back into their past for answers while getting to the core of the team’s daddy issues too.