The Umbrella Academy: Biggest Questions After Season 1's Finale

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Where Did The Umbrella Academy Jump To?

Since The Umbrella Academy season 1 finale cuts to black right after the Hargreeves siblings make their time jump and avoid the apocalypse, we don't know where they land. Their goals are to "fix" their sister Vanya by helping her to learn how to control her powers and, in doing so, save the world from the apocalypse she causes. The most likely time period they could jump to is earlier in their own history, but when exactly is truly anyone's guess. The rules of time travel aren't explained in The Umbrella Academy season 1, so it's not even clear how jumping through time works for Five and his siblings. Can they jump back to a point in their own timeline or will that cause a paradox? If they jump to an earlier point in their lives, will there be two Fives, two Luthers, two Vanyas etc. running around?

Since there's still plenty about the Hargreeves' childhood to be explored - including Ben's death - it makes sense for The Umbrella Academy to have the kids jump to an earlier point in their own lives. It'll allow them to relive certain key moments of their lives with the perspective of their older selves, which would make for some fascinating drama. However, if The Umbrella Academy wishes to avoid the questions that would raise in terms of how time travel works in this world, they may jump back farther in time to before they were all born.

Can The Apocalypse Actually Be Stopped?

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Throughout season 1, a conflict arises between Five and the Commission for which he worked. Five returns to his family in an attempt to save the world from the impending apocalypse, while the Commission strives to make sure it continues on as planned. Again, we come back to the rules of time travel in this world: Is the apocalypse a fixed point in time that cannot be changed no matter what? Or can the Academy actually prevent the apocalypse from happening? Since we don't know the rules of this world, it's impossible to know for sure. It should be noted, though, that Five believes the apocalypse can be prevented.

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What we do know is that there are at least two timelines in which the Academy failed to stop the Apocalypse. The first was without Five, and the second was with Five and the tip about Harold Jenkins. Both times the team didn't know Vanya was the cause of the apocalypse, but now the Hargreeves know she's the cause and they have another shot at preventing her power from destroying the world. Unfortunately, that means the fate of the Earth rests on the shoulders of a group of emotionally stunted siblings who may not be capable of confronting and healthily working through each other's emotions. So even with their knowledge of the apocalypse's cause, it still remains to be seen whether they'll be able to save the world.

What Happened To The Other 36 Babies?

The Umbrella Academy season 1 premiere introduces the premise of the series by revealing 43 babies were born on the same day and at the same time to women all around the world who previously showed no signs of being pregnant. Hargreeves adopted seven of these children, but what happened to the other 36? The Umbrella Academy team of superheroes were a worldwide phenomenon. Not only did they have their own action figures and comic books, but Vanya's memoir offered insight into their private lives. As such, the other 36 children must have not only known about the Academy, but that they may possess powers as well.

That opens the door to other super-powered individuals showing up in The Umbrella Academy season 2, potentially giving the Hargreeves siblings some allies in their fight to prevent the apocalypse. Or future villains. However, it could also be explained that none of the other children had superpowers. Either way, it's an unanswered question from The Umbrella Academy season 1 and fans would no doubt like an explanation.


Whether The Umbrella Academy season 2 answers any or all of these questions remains to be seen. First Netflix needs to renew The Umbrella Academy. Should that happen, fans can start looking ahead to what a second season will entail and the answers we'll hopefully get from the continuing adventures of The Umbrella Academy.

Next: What To Expect From The Umbrella Academy Season 2

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