Nearly four months after its Season 2 premiere, The Umbrella Academy has officially been renewed for Season 3. Netflix announced the news on Tuesday, Nov. 10, confirming in a press release that the third season will once again include 10 one-hour episodes. Since then, details have slowly begun to trickle out. Here’s what we know so far.
An official release date hasn’t yet been announced, and with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it’s difficult to tell when the third season might premiere. Season 1 debuted in February 2019, and Netflix announced its renewal in April 2019. According to Umbrella Academy star Tom Hopper’s Instagram, filming for Season 2 wrapped in November 2019, but it didn’t air until July 2020, likely due to studio closures slowing down post-production. Toronto, where Umbrella Academy is filmed, is now allowing studios to resume filming. But considering it takes about a year for Netflix shows to produce a whole season, we may be looking at a fall 2021 release for Season 3.
All of the Umbrella Academy siblings will be back — including, obviously, Justin H. Min’s Ben, who’s now fully alive. Colm Feore’s Sir Hargreeves will also likely play a major role as the siblings continue to grapple with their childhood trauma, now face-to-face with the man who inflicted it. What we don’t know is if the changes the Umbrella Academy made in 1963 mean that the robot Grace and Pogo exist again in 2019, too — and if, like Emo Ben, they’ll be very different from how we remember them.
Ritu Arya is confirmed to return as Lila, and will likely be featured heavily in Season 3. Showrunner Steve Blackman previously told Bustle that we can “expect to see [Lila and Diego] trying to find each other” because “she really does love Diego and he really loves her.” Other characters introduced in Season 2, like Allison’s husband Ray and Vanya’s love interest Sissy, won’t be returning, while Blackman confirmed Kate Walsh’s Handler is really dead (though that doesn’t rule out potential flashbacks or more time traveling). “If we did the math, Ray would be a very old man in 2019,” Blackman said. “Same with Sissy. I think these are characters we met this year, and next season, we’ll meet new people.”
The Sparrow Academy members will play a major role in Season 3. Per a press release, Jingle Jangle actor Justin Cornwell will play Marcus, aka Sparrow #1. He’s described as a “charming, chiseled, colossus” who “oozes confidence and leadership without ever having to raise his voice.”
Min’s Ben is Sparrow #2. Unlike the Ben we know, this Ben is a Machiavellian tactician who is vicious, pragmatic, and determined to become the team leader at any cost.
Britne Oldford, who was on Skins and American Horror Story: Asylum, will play Fei, aka Sparrow #3. While it seems that she hates being around other people, she’s actually seeking human connection. She’s the Sparrow member most open to diplomacy, but once she gets mad there’s no turning back.
Sparrow #4, Alphonso, is described as a battle-scarred survivor with a biting sense of humor and a fondness for arguing. He’s played by Suits‘ Jake Epstein.
Genesis Rodriguez, who voiced Honey Lemon in Big Hero 6, will portray Sparrow #5, Sloane, a romantic dreamer who “feels a higher cosmic calling” to explore the world outside of the Academy but fears what could happen if she drops her family obligations.
86ed web creator Cazzie David will play Sparrow #6, Jayme, “a loner hidden under a hoodie” who has a “fear-inducing snarl” and considers Alphonso her only friend.
Finally, Sparrow #7 is known as Christopher, a telekinetic cube of unknown origin. He acts as the family mediator, and his powers include inducing paralyzing fear and freezing a room.
Most likely, a third season will explore what it means for the Umbrella Academy now that their father is alive and has seemingly abandoned them for his new children. Though the Sparrow Academy members appear as allies in the comics, Ben’s bad attitude suggests the relationship between the two groups may be antagonistic.
Beyond that, we don’t yet know where Blackman will take the series. Season 2 was very, very loosely based on the second volume of the Umbrella Academy comics, Dallas, and it already pulled in the big Sparrow Academy reveal from the third volume, Hotel Oblivion. Hotel Oblivion involves the siblings traveling to a prison in a pocket dimension in deep space, and in Season 2 there was a brief hint that Hargreeves is interested in something on the dark side of the moon. Does this mean we’ll see the team in astronaut gear in Season 3? Possibly. At the very least, maybe we’ll finally learn if Luther’s seemingly pointless time on the moon was actually building toward something after all.
‘Umbrella Academy’ Season 3: Premiere Date, Cast, Plot & Everything We Know The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ Bustle.