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'The Umbrella Academy' Season 2 Ending Explained: Here's how show connects to the comic 'Sparrow Academy'

'The Umbrella Academy' Season 2 ended with a punch as the six students of the Umbrella Academy returned to 2019, but just not the way they had expected to
Robert Sheehan, Justin H. Min, Aidan Gallagher, Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda and Emmy raver-Lampman (Netflix)
Robert Sheehan, Justin H. Min, Aidan Gallagher, Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda and Emmy raver-Lampman (Netflix)

The students of Umbrella Academy were addressed by a number instead of their name all through their life, which had put each of them through all kinds of trauma. From One to Seven, each of them had different uses and had been through different missions over the year and season 2 sees the seven of them try to stop another apocalypse, only this time, it is in the past.

The past that Five took his brothers and sister to. Each of them dropped at different dates between 1961 and 1963. Luther (Tom Hopper), Diego (David Castañeda), Klaus (Robert Sheehan), Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman), Five (Aidan Gallagher), Ben (Justin H. Min) and Vanya (Ellen Page) have brought the apocalypse that they had fought in 2019 along with them and this season, they try to figure out how the seven of them can stop the apocalypse from taking place. We see each of them arrive in the past as they take on a new life.

They live alone, each of them in a different direction. Vanya has lost her memory after causing an apocalypse in 2019, Allison gets married to a civil rights activist who fights for Black rights, Diego is committed to a hospital after claiming that the president of the country at that time, John F. Kennedy, is going to be assassinated. Luther ends up becoming a street fighter hired by Jack Ruby. Yes, the Jack Ruby who went down in history for shooting Kennedy assassin Oswald. Ben is as usual following Klaus around and in the years since Klaus landed in the past, he has started a cult.

Hazel and Five in 'The Umbrella Academy' season 2. (Netflix)

Five lands the day the apocalypse hits and sees all his family get destroyed by a nuclear war. If not for Hazel, who helped Five travel 10 days back in time, things would have ended badly for the world and Five's family. Sure, after trial and many many errors, the seven who are truly reduced to six after Ben sacrifices himself for the greater good manage to thwart the plans of evil Handler (Kate Walsh) who almost kills everyone including Five (Aidan Gallagher). They do so unexpectedly with the help of a piece of advice that Reginald Hargreeves gave Five. 

So after Committee's board members are killed and now that the Handler is also dead, there is space for Committee to find a better equation with the Umbrella Academy if they were to choose someone like Herb (Ken Hall). So they do exactly that and it saves Luther, Diego, Klaus, Allison, Five, and Vanya time because they now don't have to fight for the briefcase that would take all of them back to 2019. Allison bids goodbye to her husband Ray, Vanya's love Sissy (Marin Ireland) chooses to stay back instead of travel to the future where she might put her son Harlan in more danger, Luther gives up on Jack Ruby, Klaus bids goodbye to Ben and Diego falls in love with Lila.

Each of them has changed intrinsically because of their experience of living in the past and all of that has helped them come together like never before. They are no more just numbers prioritized according to their adoptive father's whims and fancy, but people. They are family and as Diego excitedly said towards the end --- they are Team 0. So when they finally returned to 2019, what they had expected was to settle in and get some time off from saving the world. Instead, what they really get is the shock of their lives. 

A still of Allison in 'The Umbrella Academy' season 2. (Netflix)

They returned two days after the apocalypse. So they succeeded in overcoming that tiny problem, however now, they have much bigger problems on hand. For instance, their father -- Mr. Hargreeves -- who revealed himself to be an alien is still alive. Ben, who had bid goodbye to his family is still alive. And what Luther, Diego, Klaus, Allison, Five, and Vanya expected to be Umbrella Academy turned out to be Sparrow Academy. Ben seems to be the leader and we see others silhouetted in the background. This introduces the idea of other babies born on October 1st, 1989 at the same time as the Seven also having superpower -- like Lila -- who Reginald has managed to train in the new future. 

Interestingly, the fourth volume of the 'The Umbrella Academy' comics is already in works and the same was announced by Gerard Way in 2019. According to a report in Forbes, the comic book creator also revealed recently that the volume is entitled 'Sparrow Academy'. Speaking about this volume, Ray teased, "[It] deals with a very big reveal in the Umbrella Academy universe, something that had been secret for a long time, and our siblings learn a lot about what was happening behind the scenes, as well as discovering the true nature of some characters that have been with them since the beginning."

He further added, "The series finally starts to answer the question: ‘What about the other babies born on that day, in that moment?’ The Umbrella Academy siblings are not alone in the world anymore.” This tease is what connects the Netflix show to the next volume of the comic beautifully since Luther, Diego, Klaus, Allison, Five, and Vanya have returned to Sparrow Academy and not Umbrella Academy. 

As Luther, Diego, Klaus, Allison, Five, and Vanya face Ben and the other members of Sparrow Academy in the presence of Reginald, we cannot wait for the next season to spark a battle between the members of the two academies and the different superpowers. '

'The Umbrella Academy' Season 2 released on July 31 and all episodes can be streamed on Netflix.