MAJOR SPOILERS ahead for The Umbrella Academy season 1 finale.
The Umbrella Academy season 1 finale saw the Hargreeves kids avoid the apocalypse by jumping through time thanks to Five's superpower, but this cliffhanger ending to "The White Violin" leaves us with plenty of questions. All throughout The Umbrella Academy season 1, the show was unraveling the mystery of what caused the apocalypse and how the Academy could prevent it from happening. Of course, this task was made more difficult by the fraught relationships between the members of the team. The siblings and their relationships were stunted due to the abuse suffered at the hands of their "father" Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore), the death of their brother Ben (Justin H. Min) and Vanya's (Ellen Page) memoir about their childhood.
The Umbrella Academy kicks off with all the surviving siblings returning home to the Academy following the death of their father and the arrival the long-lost Five (Aidan Gallagher), who warns his siblings about the imminent apocalypse. The remainder of the season sees Luther (Tom Hopper), Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman), Diego (David Castañeda), Klaus (Robert Sheehan) - who's haunted by Ben - and Five attempt to discern the cause of the apocalypse. However, it turns out the cause is Vanya, who presented superpowers as a child just like her siblings, but Hargreeves decided they were too powerful and used Allison to make Vanya think she was ordinary. All the storylines and character arcs converge on Vanya's concert in the season 1 finale, "The White Violin."
The Umbrella Academy season 1 finale ends on a cliffhanger in which all the siblings agree to use Five's time-traveling power to avoid the apocalypse and try (again) to save the world. However, there's plenty we don't know about what's next for the Umbrella Academy team members, and the finale leaves viewers with a number of questions. While the cliffhanger was an exciting way to end The Umbrella Academy season 1, here are the biggest questions about what's to come.
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How Long Will The Academy Members Be Kids?
As the siblings are getting ready to jump through time, Five warns them that their appearances may be altered just as his was when he initially returned to the present. After Five traveled to the future as a child and witnessed the fallout of the apocalypse, he grew up and joined the Commission, then reverted back to his child body but maintained all his knowledge and skills. In the season finale, we see all the other members of the Academy revert back to their child selves, but will they be stuck as kids like Five in season 1? Or will they eventually grow up? After all, the apocalypse takes place when they're all meant to be adults.
From a production standpoint, it would be strange to hire such actors as Page and Sheehan, who are perhaps not household names but are undoubtedly beloved by their fans, just for them to not appear in season 2. So we can likely presume the Academy kids will eventually return to their adult selves in season 2, but it's unclear when that will happen - if it does at all.
Will Five Get An Adult Body In Season 2?
Along those lines, if the rest of the Hargreeves siblings grow up and/or revert back to their adult appearances, where does that leave Five? He's an interesting character, having grown up apart from the rest of his siblings and away from their father. Arguably, one of the key aspects to his character's struggle in season 1 is having the knowledge and mentality of a 58-year-old man, but appearing as a child. (It's also the source of plenty of humorous moments in season 1.) The Umbrella Academy would lose one of its more fun, quirky aspects if Five were to grow up in season 2. It would also be a major difference from The Umbrella Academy comics. However, if the other Hargreeves' do grow up, but Five doesn't, the show would need to explain why he's stuck as a child when they aren't.
Will Ben Be Alive In Season 2?
Speaking of how the time jump will affect the Hargreeves siblings, since all the characters revert to their child selves, does that mean Ben is alive once again? The Umbrella Academy season 1 references Ben's death on multiple occasions, but it's not explained when or how he died. Since his ghost doesn't appear as a child, we can presume he died when he was older. If we follow that thought to the logical conclusion, it's likely that Ben somehow comes back to life as his child self alongside the younger versions of his siblings. But, until the show confirms as much, it's largely open to interpretation whether Ben will be alive or still dead in The Umbrella Academy season 2.