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The Umbrella Academy season 2: Questions and Theories

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So let’s talk about serious stuff. The umbrella Acdemy. If just like me, you binge watched season 2 in a weekend, then rewatched season 1 and then season 2 again (Okay that’s unhealthy, but hey, welcome to the club) and MAYBE season 1 one more time?…  well it means you probably can’t get enough of this show. And you know what? That’s totally okay. I mean, what are we supposed to do with this cliffhanger? Season 3 hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, but it’s practically impossible to imagine that the show would get canceled. Especially because The Umbrella Academy season 2 broke an al time record of holding number 1 top place on Netflix for 14 days. But until then, we can only imagine and make assumptions about…

WARNING : SPOILERS START HERE!

THE SPARROW ACADEMY AND WHO IS IN IT?

The very last scene of season 2 shows the Hargreeeves siblings being transported back into the Umbrella Academy after leaving the year 1963. Everything kinda feels normal, until they see a painting of Ben above the fireplace and Reginald Hargreeves standing in front of them. What? I know. But that’s not it, Hargreeves tells them that they’re at The Sparrow Academy, right before a bunch of people (that we can’t clearly see) show up as well as… BEN! Well, an emo and pretty rude version of Ben at least. 

So who’s in the sparrow academy?

Steve Blackman, the Showrunner, already stated that there will be new characters in the Sparrow Academy.

However, many people think that young Harlan will be a part of the sparrow academy, especially because at the end of season 2, we can clearly see that he still owns a little bit of Vanya’s power in him (or maybe his own power) while he’s making his wooden SPARROW toy levitate in the car.

Of course, our newest version of Ben will also be present and potentially the “Number one” leader of the Sparrow Academy. It was a very nice surprise for all of us to see a fan’s favorite make a big return. Justin Minh (Ben) had no idea he would come back. He told E! News “I get this top secret email from Steve Blackman, our showrunner, who just sent out the last three pages of the script just to the cast members, just to the seven family members. Of course I opened it and I read it, I was sort of just screaming and crying in the middle of my Toronto apartment alone.”

Another fan’s favorite from this second season is of course, Lila, the Handler’s adoptive daughter and one of the 43 exceptional children born on October 1, 1989.  Hilarious and badass and … okay, a little bit manipulative as well, Lila is often mentioned in all the Sparrow Academy theories you can find online.

Ritu Arya, who wonderfully portrays Lila told Elle “I think she could have gone anywhere to just get away from them. But I do like the idea that she’s gone to save her parents (…) However, that would then mess up the timeline, so I don’t think she can do that.” So, could Lila be part of the Sparrow Academy? Ritu Arya doesn’t seem to think so and she even says that she could be anywhere, especially because she’s traumatized after her mother, the Handler, was murdered in front of her. So basically we need to find out where and when is our fantastic Lila.

Another big question/ theory that needs answers is WHAT IN THE WORLD IS REGINALD HARGREEVES?!

In the comics, Sir Reginald Hargreeves is in fact an alien. Well, apparently so is he in the series. It also seems like Hargreeves’s fascination for space comes from some sort of interest he has on the dark side of the moon. During a meeting with the Majestic- 12, one of the head of the shadowy organizations threatens Hargreeves to “tell the world who he really is.” In response, Reginald zips off his skins and reveals his true nature to the agents by, well, slaughtering all of them. So what exactly is happening on the dark side of the moon? And if Reginald Hargreeves is an alien, was Luther really sent up there for nothing?

What’s up with the green cube? 

Remember when the silhouettes of the Sparrow Academy members appeared as well as a weird green floating cube next to them?A lot of theories have emerged on social medias since this last episode.

While no one has really given an answer or even a hint to what this green cube is yet, some theories claim that this cube contains a member of the sparrow Academy’s soul, some other think it could be the Sparrow’s version of Grace (the Hargreeve’s mom). Unfortunately we’re going to have to wait a little while to know the truth.

And finally, will the Handler be back?

Although she is one of the main vilain of the show, we’ve also been able to see another side of this character. Her motherly side to be more precise. Yes, it was a shock when Lila’s adoptive mother turned out to be the Handler. But their relationship was one of the most interesting narrative arc of season 2. And quite frankly the most hilarious, the two of them having some pretty great punchlines and social issues. It would be very interesting to see them interact again, especially after the dark truth about the death of her biological parents was revealed to Lila.

If she comes back from the dead after taking a bullet in the head, she could come back one more time right? Steve Blackman told Hollywood life « We’re not going to see The Handler again. The Handler is dead. She didn’t get the benefit of having a metal plate in her head the second time around, so you won’t be seeing The Handler again.” But… there’s hope right?

What was your favorite moment of the Umbrella Academy season 2 and what are your favorite theories? Let us know in the comments below! And if you really feel the need to, rewatch the show one more time. Don’t be ashamed, we’re all in the same boat! 

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