Work has begun on season 2 of The Umbrella Academy, co-executive producer Gerard Way confirmed. The popular Netflix show is based on the Dark Horse Comics series of the same name, following a group of adopted superheroes who were all born on the same day. Following the death of their adoptive father, billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves, the siblings reunite to solve the mystery of his death. They also have to save the world from impending doom after one sibling comes back from the future to warn of a global apocalypse.
The Umbrella Academy released its first season in February of this year to critical acclaim, and it blew up with viewers, as well, even besting The Flash for most in-demand comic book TV series. It was renewed for a second season not long after the first season premiered, which makes sense considering that the first season ended on a cliffhanger. In that finale, Five told his siblings that the only way to survive the apocalypse was to jump through time, leading the characters to transform into their childhood selves and disappear.
On his Instagram, Gerard Way shared two photos from season 2's first table read. The first picture has a sign reading "The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Table Read," while the second sign shows his place card at the table. Way captioned the post: "It begins. Umbrella Academy Season 2." In addition to being a co-executive producer on the show, Way also created and wrote The Umbrella Academy comic book series. Check out the post below:
Some details that have already emerged about season 2 of the show. They began scouting locations back in March, with residential properties, farms, and farmhouses all on the list. The season will consist of 10 episodes and film in Toronto. A release date hasn't been set yet, though Netflix typically waits until only a few months before a premiere to announce it. The first season had about seven months between the end of filming and the season's release, and if the same applies to season 2, then it's possible that season 2 is released sometime around April 2020.
As far as plot details go, the first season of The Umbrella Academy didn't stick with the storylines featured in the comics, so the second could easily follow suit. Plus, the comic book series is only 17 issues, and the writers covered much of that material in season 1. All told, it seems likely that season 2 could branch out even further from the source material than season 1 did, and specific clues may emerge as filming begins, with cast or crew members sharing photos from set. Regardless of what path season 2 takes, fans have proven they'll tune in to see how it all unfolds.
Source: Gerard Way