'The Umbrella Academy': What happens at end of season 1 of Netflix series, and what does it spell for season 2?
'The Umbrella Academy' has finished its first season, and fans of the show were left with a pretty solid cliffhanger. The series follows a family of seven superpowered individuals who were adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves in order to be the superheroes of tomorrow.
Six of the family members have superpowers, while a shy Vanya Hargreeves is considered the black sheep of the family for purportedly not having any powers. We believed so too until we see her as the White Violin, the one who's responsible for the destruction of Earth, an eventuality the family has trained all their life to prevent.
A time-traveling Number Five goes back in time to warn the family of the impending apocalypse, but has no idea of his adopted sister's powers until it's too late, and must find a means of saving his family from the ensuing destruction.
After realizing that nothing they do will stop the future massacre, Number Five proposes to go back in time, together with his family, something he's never tried before. The team is successful in escaping, but Earth still gets engulfed in flames, and we see the group all de-age as they make their journey back in time, and even a deceased member of the family, Ben Hargreeves, is seen as a young boy, which proves the reversal of his death.
By the (albeit faulty) logic of time-travel, whatever events have transpired during the expanse of season one, will be reversed in the series, and the destruction of the Earth may never occur at all. But the de-aging bit is a little tricky because Number Five appears as a boy, but is actually 50 years old; so while the kids may have de-aged, we may see their doppelgangers in the second season due to the time-travel paradox, or maybe they won't exist in that timeline. No one really knows what to expect with Gerard Way (The creator of 'The Umbrella Academy').
We'll definitely get to see Ben again in the new season, and also the master himself, Sir Reginald Hargreeves. Going back in time will definitely touch upon the story about Sir Reginald and his alien origins, while also bringing back Hazel (the assassin cum peacemaker) and Agnes (the donut shop owner, now Hazel's lover).
Because the timeline is so askew at the moment, we may see even see The Commission reprising their role in the hunt for Number Five.
Whatever fate awaits our heroes, we're sure they'll be on their feet (or tripping over it) for their next mission in season 2.
Season 1 of 'The Umbrella Academy' is now available for streaming on Netflix.