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Everything We Know About Netflix's 'The Umbrella Academy' Season 2

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a man and a woman looking at the camera © Netflix The Umbrella Academy, a darkly comedic series about a dysfunctional group of adult siblings with superpowers, debuted on Netflix this spring and became an instant fan favorite. Based off the comic series of the same name by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, the 10-episode first season (per Netflix) drew 45 million household viewers within its first month on the platform.

In April 2019, Netflix confirmed that it had picked up the series for a second season, promising at least some resolution for season one’s cliffhanger ending, which left us with plenty of unanswered questions. We’re pretty certain that Vanya, Luther, Klaus, Allison, Diego, and Number Five survived the end of the world, but where -- and perhaps more importantly, when -- are they now? Here’s everything we know about The Umbrella Academy Season 2. Tom Hopper, Ellen Page posing for the camera © Netflix

When will The Umbrella Academy Season 2 premiere?

On May 18, Netflix announced via a very cute video in which the main cast recreated, social distanced in their respective homes, the montage from the first episode set to Tiffany's "I Think We're Alone Now," that Season 2 would be dropping July 31. 

Filming began in June 2019 and wrapped in late November 2019. Season 2 will also feature 10 hour-long episodes, just like Season 1.

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Is there a trailer for The Umbrella Academy Season 2? 

Maybe the Hargreeves didn't listen to Number Five's warning that using his powers to prevent the impending apocalypse last season wasn't the best idea, but it looks like they have another opportunity to get it right. Netflix dropped the kitschy trailer for the new season in early July, just a few weeks out from the series' return, and it shows the siblings scattered across a three-year time period around 1960s Dallas, Texas. The scale of the season and the weirdo family's mission seem even greater this time around -- from its retro styles, including some villainous 20th century milkmen to their scheme of being involved with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (more on that below). It appears The Umbrella Academy is coming back with an even bigger apocalyptic bang, appropriate for round two of the end of the world. 

Who will return for Season 2?

Netflix has confirmed that Vanya (Ellen Page), Klaus (Robert Sheehan), Ben (Justin H. Min), Luther (Tom Hopper), Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman), Diego (David Castañeda), and Number Five (Aidan Gallagher) will be back. From the looks of some behind-the-scenes photos posted on The Umbrella Academy's Instagram account, it looks like the Handler (Kate Walsh) is also back for Season 2. 

Other cast members, including Hazel (Cameron Britton) and Cha-Cha (Mary J. Blige), haven’t yet been confirmed. 

Who will join the cast for Season 2?

Netflix announced in a tweet that Yusuf Gatewood (The Originals), Marin Ireland (Hell or High Water), and Ritu Arya (Humans) were joining the Season 2 cast. Gatewood plays Raymond, who Netflix describes as a "charismatic born leader"; Ireland is Sissy, "a fearless Texan who married young for all the wrong reasons"; Arya is Lila, "a chameleon who can be as brilliant or as insane as the situation requires." Robert Sheehan et al. looking at each other © Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix

What will The Umbrella Academy Season 2 be about?

At the end of Season 1, Number Five used his powers to send the crew back in time with the goal of helping Vanya and hopefully preventing the apocalypse. As he helped them travel to safely, all of the adult siblings reverted back to their younger selves before jumping through time. 

It’s unclear whether or not we’ll see them as kids at the beginning of Season 2, although given the casting confirmation, it’s clear that we’ll see them as adults for most of the series. We can be pretty certain, however, that the first episode of the season will take place in the past regardless of whether they’re in child or adult bodies. The official Umbrella Academy Instagram account posted a picture of the cover page for the first episode, titled “Right Back Where We Started.” 

Most pressing, however, is the fact that the siblings need to deal with a hurt, hostile Vanya in order to ensure that she doesn’t cause the apocalypse once again with her newfound powers. The dynamic is fundamentally different -- at this point, the crew doesn’t really have much of a choice other than to cooperate. Luckily, it seems like Ben, the deceased sibling who communicates through Klaus, will take on more of a major role this season. David Castañeda, who plays Diego, told The Cheat Sheet that we’ll get to see more of what happens to Ben now given his larger role. 

While Season 2 may bear some similarities to the second volume of the comic, titled Dallas, it likely won’t strictly follow its storyline. Season 1 corresponds with the first volume of the comic, titled Apocalypse Suite, but bears multiple key differences while also incorporating certain elements (notably Hazel and Cha-Cha) from Dallas. At the end of Apocalypse Suite, the Umbrella Academy manages to save the world. In the Netflix series, they’re out of luck -- that task still looms over their heads.

That said, showrunner Steve Blackman has previously stated that the goal isn’t to diverge majorly from the source material. “I like Gerard and Gabriel’s ideas so much, the goal is keep on trucking behind them, beside them,” Blackman told IndieWire. “Things will deviate, but the goal is to try to be true to the source material.”

Certain elements from Dallas, like the loss of Allison’s voice, seem likely to carry over to Season 2. But Dallas takes place chronologically following Apocalypse Suite -- it’s unclear how the crew traveling to the past will play out. Currently, one of the dominant theories is that Season 2 will have something to do with Number Five's involvement (or lack thereof) in the JFK assassination. In Dallas, Number Five attempts to persuade the older-looking version of himself to go through with assassinating the President. It's possible that the second season could see that plot point reworked so that the Hargreeve siblings must make the assassination happen in order to right the timeline and prevent the apocalypse. Need help finding something to watch? Sign up here for our weekly Streamail newsletter to get streaming recommendations delivered straight to your inbox.


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