The Umbrella Academy stars and producers talk about screwing up the universe once again in season 3

Stopping the apocalypse – two of them so far – dealing with the aftermath of their terrible father and dances. It’s Two Weeks of Trouble or Years of Heartache for Netflix’s Cast The Umbrella Academy. But now that they’ve prevented the end of it all in 1963, they’ve finally returned to the present in a third season.

Of course, this being The Umbrella Academy, Nothing is easy. After a chance meeting with them in 1963, Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore) adopted Ben (Justin H. Min) and six other children to form Sparrow Academy. And now faced with the existence of this other group, the Umbrellas are forced to rethink their plans, seek shelter and (naturally) face another world catastrophe they likely caused.

But at least when the season starts, the umbrellas have a sense of peace that’s decidedly new. Saving the world in 1963 (and spending some time there) changed his perspective, said star Tom Hopper when Rotten Tomatoes caught up with him, other Umbrella Academy members and executive producer Steve Blackman. Luther, Hopper’s character, definitely feels this shift in moments of his time jump.


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“So the world isn’t ending and we don’t have responsibilities here anymore? OK cool!” Hopper said of the former Umbrella No. 1’s new perspective. “So obviously there’s the link to the Sparrows, where he thinks they’re enemies initially,” he added.

But even with his new worldview, fans will see an unexpected change for Luther as he adjusts to his new digs and, after a moment to regroup, investigates the Sparrows.

“I don’t think Luther is too worried about this change initially when they come back now,” added Hopper. “I think he is just like that, Oh, I can settle down here.


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Robert Sheehan, who plays the lovable ex-drug addict Klaus, also noticed a sense of growth in his character in season three. “How could there not be? We went through so much pain and agony, all of us.”

Looking back at where they started in season one and the trials they faced last season, the actor said, “There was so much torment going on. [and] this is, unfortunately, the currency of growth, especially if you can reflect on it. And growth is inevitable at that point, if you’re still alive and still breathing.”

At the same time, fans also shouldn’t worry about an overdeveloped sense of responsibility emanating from him.

“I think Klaus is a stickler for the old law of throwback: ‘When you try to swim, you sink, and when you try to sink, you float,’” Sheehan said. What that means for him now that he can interact with suddenly alive versions of Ben and Reggie will be one of the joys for viewers to discover in the new season.


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But the person who seems most relieved after the time travel is, perhaps, Diego (David Castañeda). The knife-wielding ex-vigilante returns to the present with a decidedly different sense of self, a shift Castaneda said reflected his own experience with the show so far. “I felt much more relaxed. [this season]; as I understood more who Diego was,” he explained. This expanded sense of character led to illustrating the solitaire progression featured in season one. “You’ve seen these sides of Diego being angry and distant and melancholy. Being with his family – and what they went through in 1963 – now being back, it’s almost like he’s still a kid.” Or, at the very least, a child far less burdened than when he roamed the streets in search of a crime to fight.


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Then again, part of that change could come from a new responsibility given to him by Lila (Ritu Arya), who also returns to Umbrella’s circle for reasons of her own. “I think she thinks she knows what she wants,” Arya said of her “mission” involving Diego this season. “She thinks she’s doing things for certain reasons. [But] I think she is not so aware of Because she’s doing stuff,” she joked.

And while Diego grapples with what Lila has given him, she still finds a way to get involved in Five’s (Aidan Gallagher) latest mystery. Although she originally intended to kill Five as part of her Season 2 mission, seeing them interact now, you’d believe she was an Umbrella from the start.

“Five and Lila are fighting a lot and they find a loving version of it that is very familiar,” Gallagher said of their friendlier dynamic. “It has to do with the connection we made in Season 2 and 3. If you remove one of these elements, it would change the relationships. So I’m happy with what happened.”

Arya added: “It felt very organic… There are a lot of things that need to be discussed and understood. But they are forced to work with each other to come up with an explanation of why there is such a point in the timeline. And so, they are spending time with each other.” The result of all that quality time? “They admire each other for being really good at what they do.” Which is probably a good thing, as the blip, or kugelblitz as it’s called in a trailer, will end up requiring more than both to handle properly.


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Of course, investigating this speck isn’t exactly Five’s first choice for how he wants to spend his supposed retirement.

“He’s had 50 years of trauma and for the last three weeks he’s been trying to save his family, and the universe wants to kill his family, which is obviously very stressful,” Gallagher said of the character’s mindset as they return from 1963. man wants to relax and try to enjoy life at least once in his life.”

That sounds reasonable, but according to Blackman, Five would never feel comfortable in a relaxing tropical resort.

“He’s a chaos junkie,” the executive producer explained. “He thought he was retired, but if he follows the problem or the problem follows him, he needs it now. At his age, 58, or maybe even a little older now, he needs what he knows. I don’t think he would play golf for the rest of his life.” Instead, his life boost will keep him from slowing down and kugelblitz might be the kind of thing to keep him in the chaos game.


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One person really ready to put it all behind her is Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman), who has only agreed to return to the present to see her daughter, Claire. And what she finds in that quest could transform her into someone more like Reginald Hargreeves. “I think she’s very narrow-minded and very strong-willed, which I think she could get from Reggie,” said Raver-Lampman. “I think they are very similar this season at times, [but] I think she’s come out of the 60’s and is no doubt going to have a trauma from her time there, and what she witnessed and experienced and lived through. And the lingering effects of that will be lifelong, potentially. So I think we’re just diving into Allison’s first attempt at trying to manage her trauma.”

And while she has to process everything she’s faced in a bigoted ’60s America, Allison still finds time to maintain her bond with the seventh Umbrella, who transitions to Viktor (Elliot Page) during the season.

“I thought it was important to tell a positive trans story,” Blackman said of Viktor and his decision to come out to the other umbrellas. “There’s a lot of anti-trans hate right now, and I wanted to tell a story with Elliot as my collaborator. I spoke to GLAAD, I had a trans writer working with me; we all wanted to create a story that felt not only authentic and sensitive, but to show that a family could love this person unconditionally and accept them.”


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He also emphasized that Viktor’s transition isn’t the character’s only story this season. On the one hand, as seen in some of the trailers, he tries to create some sort of dialogue with the Sparrows.

“Whether you’re an umbrella or a sparrow, have you shared that kind of trauma from having This one father,” Blackman said of a possible way the two groups could get along. “They all have that mutual trauma of a father who wasn’t very loving to any of them. So that was a really interesting starting point for all the characters.” The group definitely looks more functional as a superhero team, but viewers will soon see how fragile that image becomes.


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For Ben, though, it’s a little different, as six new people come into his life waiting their brother.

“It’s weird that this dysfunctional group keeps telling him that they remind him of his long dead brother,” Min said of Sparrow Ben’s initial reaction. However, it quickly becomes more than just weird, as both the Umbrellas and the audience meet a Ben who is number 2 at Sparrow Academy and far more theatrical than his counterpart Umbrella. “I think the theatrics come from overcompensation because he’s so insecure about his place in the world and at Sparrow Academy,” said Min. As he said, the character is looking to “regain” a sense of leadership he lost before the Umbrellas showed up at his house, and his quest to regain it will get in the way of attempts between the two groups to cooperate.

Or is it possible that this was something Reggie intended for her “children”?

“There are a lot of levels to Reggie, and while on the surface he sometimes appears to be doing bad things, he always has a bigger plan and a bigger move in the works; he’s pulling the strings,” Blackman said.


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One rope he might not want to pull, however, is the Umbrellas’ hard-won ability to communicate with one another. Where once words were used to hurt, they are now lovingly teasing – another change that could prove to be a strength for the team in the long run.

“I think they’ve come together like brothers now,” Hopper said of their dynamic. “There was this friction, and then they find a way to mold each other, and that comes with blows, but also with support and love.”

Sheehan joked, “I think my closest friends in the world are the ones I abuse the most. I think jabbing is an expression of confidence.”



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The Umbrella Academy: Season 3
(2022)
premieres Wednesday, June 22 on Netflix.


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