Netflix's newest original series The Umbrella Academy is even more popular than its comic book predecessor, Gerard Way's Eisner-winning series of the same name. Fans have been clamoring for a season two of the dark superhero series after its open-ended finale, and viewers across the internet have taken to their blogs and message boards to share their theories on what's going to happen when The Umbrella Academy makes its anticipated season two return. We sifted through tons of insane fan theories to find the 25 craziest, so-wild-they-might-be-true theories to hold you over until The Umbrella Academy comes back with new episodes. Clearly, there are spoilers below. Like, a lot of spoilers.
One of the biggest fan questions seems to be how exactly Ben, aka Number Six aka "The Horror," actually died. There are so many theories about what caused his untimely end, but the best one is definitely that Ben didn't actually die at all. Redditor PandasOnGiraffes was inspired by a throw-away line from the original comics' second issue, Dallas, that it's not a problem when Hargreaves children die. Klaus says this after coming back from the "dead" when he returns from the in-between. This user thinks Ben could be there too, and just hasn't been able to come back yet. Another idea is that Ben did die, but he won't be dead in the new season. Reddit user tigerscomeatnight thinks that the siblings went back in time to before Ben's death, meaning he'd be alive and kicking in this brave new world.
There are two ways to take the theory that those little golden light orbs are the Hargreaves children. Redditor spicycornchip thinks that those sparkles are the children themselves, probably their souls or beings before they got zapped into their mothers somehow. A different user, jasuschristsuperstar, expanded on that to say they think that the lights were actually the powers, which are let into the world through the children. Reginald saying, "The world needs you," to those little lightning bugs gives this theory a lot of ground one way or the other, especially with all of the Reginald theories floating around.
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The Umbrella Academy added a little Easter Egg in the first season that's a little too noticeable to be a coincidence. A supposed extra played byHeather Sanderson is seen three times in the series, always in various disguises. She's seen in the bank in episode one, randomly in episode four, and at the rave in episode seven. She could be an extra, but both PopBuzz and jessdarling247 thinks she's a field agent working for The Commission and The Handler, reporting back on things like seeing Klaus on the bus. After the siblings disappear from the timeline, The Commission could be an even bigger player in season two.
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Grace is the siblings' robot mother, and as a robot associated with the mysterious Hargreaves, she probably knows more about what's going on than the Hargreaves children will ever know, even if they call her Mother. Her interrupted park confession to Diego in "The Day That Wasn't" basically proves that. While some commenters think that this orb is more symbolic than anything, with ideas like it representing Number Six leaving and Number Seven's estrangement, but mikejones8410 noticed that it looks a lot like the moon exploding. The closer you look at the circle's craters, the more clear it becomes that Grace predicted this whole moon debacle a long time ago.
This theory is so much sadder than the idea that Ben is secretly alive out there, just chilling in a void of nothing. Both Digital Spy and Hadesman1 (and a good chunk of other Reddit users) seem to think that Ben may have committed suicide. Ben isn't wearing a uniform when Klaus sees him, meaning he died in civilian clothing, and his powers were pretty gruesome. His gravestone refers to the darkness within him and a hope that he's found peace in the light (a common euphemism for the other side), which certainly sounds like something you'd put on a gravestone after a self-inflicted death.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, and you might be an inherently evil wench. Redditor tessanewberry references We Need To Talk About Kevin, a movie about a kid that grows up to be a sociopathic mass murderer, when describing Vanya's younger self as she's shown in the series. She shows little remorse with her nannies, and it is Vanya's younger self that pushes her to her breaking point. This theory runs along the idea that absolute power corrupts absolutely and that Vanya could still be bad even after being yeeted back to a time before her trauma, or she could even be suffering from a split personality.
This explanation from Reddit user pjchamb makes so much sense, it might as well be canon already. They believe that the siblings were numbered in *reverse* order of power level, rather than by rank or by the time they were adopted by Reginald. Number One is strong but not the smartest, Two is an irrational knife-thrower, Three has mind control but won't use it, Four is a necromancer of sorts, Five can time travel, Six has control of an octopus demon that can take out a room of people, and Seven, in pjchamb's words, "can sneeze and cause the apocalypse."
Redditor RedJazz313 admits to taking this idea from a Futurama episode (and surprisingly not the master of the time loop genre, Groundhog Day), but Screen Rant agrees with them that the universe resets every time the children return to the beginning. Screen Rant takes it a step further, wondering if every time the siblings fail to stop Vanya's apocalyptic plan, they get sent back to the beginning to try again until they, possibly eventually, get it right. The season finale deviated so far from the comics that anything is possible, even a superhero rendition of Happy Death Day 3.
The apocalypse comes about in The Umbrella Academy a little differently than we were lead to expect. Instead of Vanya's blast blowing up the Earth, it blows up the moon, and shards of the moon from that explosion fall onto Earth and cause the end of the world. Unless this carefully-crafted narrative made room for coincidences, Luther's experiments on the moon need to have some type of bigger meaning. Reddit commenters mardar and Flinkum both think that Luther might have been put on the moon to counter the explosions. He wasn't exactly a genius, but he could probably bench press some space rocks.
Fans who haven't picked up the original comic series might be asking: why Dallas? Fans who have read the series, specifically the second installment of The Umbrella Academy comics, know that nothing good comes from these characters going back to Dallas, specifically Dallas in 1963. Cha-Cha and Hazel mention the 1963 incident in the show and Five has unfinished business in Texas, so it's possible that elements of the Dallas chapter of the comics that weren't used in the first season might be brought into the second. Redditor Tetrabud theorizes that as that last place Five time-traveled, it would have been the easiest to go back to, thus beginning the unfortunate events from the comics. If you're wondering what those are, the photo above is a grim hint.
In the comic book series, it's heavily implied that the thirty-six babies born on that one weird day that weren't adopted by Reginald were left to die. The television series diverges from its source material enough that it could choose to explore the thirty-six possible powerful beings as part of its second-season world building. Redditor HeyItsChase thinks there more be more superheroes out there that make names for themselves in the world of the series through using their powers, making them easily found by Umbrella Academy members. If they find themselves looking for reinforcements, antagonists, or drama, the siblings might find it in their extended family of sorts.
This theory, shockingly, does not come from Reddit. Screen Rant author Alexandra August points out that in the comics, the insemination of the biological mothers of the powerful children is explained by an interspecies, intergalactic boxing match. It didn't make a lot of sense, but it definitely set the tone for the series. She sees that leaving this particular bit of lore out of the Netflix show might have been to set a slightly less random tone for the television adaptation, but that also leaves the children's parentage up for debate. Reginald's fireflies could have been the way alien Reginald (another theory) and his wife procreate, making him the sibling's biological father.
Fans love The Umbrella Academy's characters, but they also love the actors that play them, Ellen Page, Aidan Gallagher, Tom Hopper, and Robert Sheehan, to name a few. Express cites a theory that because the siblings are last seen post-jump as their younger selves, they will remain their younger selves during the second season. Because no casting has been announced for season two, there's a possibility that the showrunners could decide to keep the children as children, even though that isn't how the story went when it happened in the original comics' sequel.
A rare Buzzfeed theory thinks the ever-present (but not actually present) Reginald Hargreaves will be alive in season two, not because of any dead-raising magic, but because of the time jump. If the siblings traveled back in time to a date before Hargreaves killed himself, their adoptive dad would be alive and kicking. And if the siblings continued to work together like they did at the end of the season (well, kind of), then Hargreaves would have no reason to feel he had to use his death to bring the team back together, keeping him alive for the time being.
Reddit user litty_muffin clearly hasn't read the comic series, but even without spoilers from the OG story, they know that throwing away Hargreaves' monocle is a bad call. They think it's just because Hargreaves is a billionaire, and his belongings could be sold for a large amount of money — the odds of it really being monetarily worthless were low. In the comics, however, as PandasOnGiraffes points out in the comments, the monocle is magical and gives the wearer the ability to see people for what they really are. The monocle will probably be back to reveal some big, twisty truths, adding more weight to the theory that Reginald may not be dead for much longer.
This is neither really a theory nor a spoiler, but enough fans missed it in the first season that it toes the line between canon and logical leap. In the comic series, Reginald is an alien using his corporeal body as a disguise to keep watch over the children. Reddit user WowBaBoa reminds us of this when another user, Mr-Pillowkitten, says they think that Reginald saw the future, knew about the apocalypse and realized that if he knows it's coming one way or another, he might as well make Vanya the catalyst in the hopes the other siblings could stop her. The series shows Reginald chilling in space in episode ten — peep the rocketships flying around behind him during the "Long Ago" intro of the episode
Okay, so, this theory reported by Dankanator is so never going to happen, but it's fun, and we all can dream that it will come to fruition. We all want to know what happened to Ben, that much is obvious. But the actor that played Ben, Justin G. Min, decided to stir the pot by suggesting on social media that Ben was chilling with Barb in Stranger Things' the Upside Down. The shows are both on Netflix, and Ben could be in a mysterious void. The only reason for that void to *not* be the Upside Down is, well, that it's objectively stupid. Fun, though!
Reports of a second season order for The Umbrella Academy have been greatly exaggerated. Even though there were news stories circulating about a second season renewal and a director attached to the first episode, nothing has been confirmed by Netflix, the actual deciders of whether we get round two. As Syfy pointed out, a second season would be nice, but isn't actually necessary for the story. Even if we do get one, it will be in a very, very long time according to showrunner Steve Blackman. Apparently, it takes a full eighteen months just to film and produce a season, not even including writing, distribution scheduling, and marketing, so we've got a long road ahead.
Rumour and Luther have a... questionable relationship. They're not actually related, so it's not like the series has gone full Shadowhunters, but they were raised together as siblings, putting us in Life With Derek territory. Is it okay that these pseudo-siblings fell in love? Making things even more complicated is the possibility that Rumour compelled Luther to love her when they were children. Reddit user cripplinglemon thought the ambiguous "I heard a rumor that you love me" flashback was actually aimed at Luther, explaining why he's more hung-up on the relationship than she is. VictorEightman and Grandpa_reddit comment on that same post that this theory is similar to her compulsion to make Luther believe he'd wanted to kiss her since he was eight years old in the comics.
Similar to the earlier time loop theory, Mr-Pillowkitten also floated the idea that a lack of unity is the reason that the apocalypse will keep happening and that nothing can truly change until all seven of the siblings are working together. Commenter WowBoBao theorizes that the organization maintaining the timeline, The Commission, is ensuring that humanity is destroyed in each new loop and that the only way to prevent the organization from winning is for the team to use their powers all together. This would leave room for a deepening of the familial dynamics, facilitating greater world exploration in the second season.
An especially well-read Reddit commenter xBeamer has mentioned on multiple posts (in vague hints that required a little googling) that Reginald Hargreaves is the name of the husband of the historical figure Alice Liddell, the reported inspiration for Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland novels. Unless this is another coincidence or a fun Easter Egg, it's possible that Reginald's possible wife from his prologue in episode ten was also sent to Earth and inhabited a human body, in this case, the fantastical figure of Alice. It wouldn't be a major plot point, most likely, but it would be a fun tie-in to the real world.
That same thread came from a hilarious theory from 78Fanatic88, who noticed a physical resemblance between Reginald's wife and Pogo, the monkey butler who honestly deserved better. This user and their husband are pretty sure that Reginald turned his wife or lover into Pogo for some strange reason, and that's how the monkey butler came to work for the Umbrella Academy and care for its wards. They think he did it to preserve her or to save her from dying a human death of old age if she was originally a human trapped in space. It's a far-fetched theory, but it's funny.
A theory that is in many, many Reddit threads is summed up very concisely here by easyjf. Reginald Hargreaves is Five, who went back in time to create the Umbrella Academy in order to prevent the apocalypse he had seen in the future. Alternately, they believe he could be a member of The Commission trying to make sure the apocalypse happens. The latter is more likely than the former, but a lot of fans believe that Reginald is secretly Five as an old man... even though we've already seen Five as an old man in flashbacks, and he looks nothing like Reginald.
There have only been three installments of the Umbrella Academy comics, and the first season of the television series borrowed heavily from both its first issue, Apocalypse Suite, and its second, Dallas. While the series' showrunner has expressed a desire to follow the comics, there are important parts of the series like the Eiffel Tower falling on the academy, Spaceboy becoming morbidly obese, and a strange plotline about the Kennedy Assassination that are unlikely to appear in the series. It's possible the second series will decide to do its own thing in lieu of focusing on the second issue's main plotline about JFK's death.
The official story so far is that Ben died during a particularly gruesome mission. While the "Ben's in an alternate dimension" theory seems to be the most popular, some Reddit users like thatonedudeguyman that using his powers (aka summoning a terrifying tentacle monster) is what led to his demise, with the monster no longer being within his control and destroying him in its path of violence. With this theory, his ghost would still be aging and look unharmed when talking to Klaus because Klaus accidentally resurrected Ben as a living ghost with his powers while trying to bring Ben back to life.