Netflix's 'The Umbrella Academy' Season 2 to depart further from comics given addition of 3 new characters
'The Umbrella Academy' revealed three new cast members, Ritu Arya, Yusuf Gatewood and Marin Ireland, have been added to the show and all three are playing completely new characters with no counterparts in the graphic novel series created by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá for Dark Horse Comics
Netflix's 'The Umbrella Academy' has never been very faithful to its source material but it looks like the show's second season will be diverging from the comics more than initially expected. The show's Twitter page revealed three new cast members who have been added to the show and all three are playing completely new characters with no counterparts in the graphic novel series created by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá for Dark Horse Comics.
Ritu Arya ('Humans'), Yusuf Gatewood ('Good Omens') and Marin Ireland ('Y: The Last Man') will be joining the show in the upcoming season as Lila, Raymond, and Sissy respectively. It's not immediately clear what connection these three will have with the Academy but so far it looks like they may turn out to be allies.
Lila has been described as "A chameleon who can be as brilliant or as clinically insane as the situation requires". She will reportedly be an unpredictable, mischievous and sarcastic character with a twisted sense of humor, so she should fit right in with the rest of the Academy, especially Klaus (Robert Sheehan).
Raymond's character description calls him a "Born leader and devoted husband" with plenty of smarts and charisma. We don't know if he will be introduced as a powered individual like the rest of the Academy but he does apparently have the innate ability to disarm you with a look, which could either be a very useful superpower or just a nice character trait.
Ireland's Sissy is a fearless, no-nonsense Texas mom who married young and is eager to rediscover what life and love have to offer. Considering the first season's finale ended with our heroes jumping backward in time using the powers of Number 5 (Aidan Gallagher), they will probably be meeting these characters in the past where they could either end up bringing trouble or provide invaluable help in preventing the apocalypse that struck at the end of season 1.
The show had already made a few changes from the comics in the first season. For example, the 'Apocalypse Suite' arc in the comics ended with the heroes saving the world from the apocalypse but on the show, they failed miserably despite their best efforts.
Season 2 will see them trying to prevent the end of the world by traveling to the past. In the comics, this journey takes them to Dallas, Texas, for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Unfortunately, there's no telling if that's how it will happen on the show, especially now that we have three completely new characters thrown into the mix.
There has been no official confirmation yet on when the second season will be arriving but it is expected to drop on Netflix sometime in early 2020 so unless we can find a way to travel through time like Number 5, we'll just have to wait to see how the story is going to play out.