Note: This article contains spoilers for season one of The Umbrella Academy.
The Umbrella Academy, Netflix's comic-book series based on Gerard Way (yes, My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way) and Gabriel Bá's comic book series of the same name, created quite a stir when it first landed on the streaming site and instantly amassed a legion of loyal fans. Seriously, its audience is absolutely huge.
And it's very good news because the series has officially been confirmed for season two. Finally.
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Way and Bá have written three volumes of The Umbrella Academy – Apocalypse Suite, Dallas and Hotel Oblivion – which means the series will probably get a third season somewhere down the line, but we're a little way off that at the moment.
Speaking to IndieWire about the first season's ending and the possibility of more episodes, showrunner Steve Blackman said: "I hope we get a second and third and fourth season, but I knew that having a great ending is important for Netflix as a streamer.
"You really want people to say, 'I've got to come back and watch what happens.' That was ultimate in my mind."
So with that in mind, here's everything you need to know about season two.
Umbrella Academy season 2 release date: When's it coming back?
The cast began filming season two of Umbrella Academy in June 2019, so we would expect the brand new episodes to hit screens in early 2020. Check out two of the cast members celebrating in the post below.
"The goal for us is to stay ahead of the show," Way said, "and since we’re on series three [of the comics], we are now ahead of the show. So that’s a good thing.
"The idea with the comic is to go right from series three, take a three-to-four-month break, then go right into series four. That is kind of our schedule to keep us on track. So there is story there and it's all planned out."
Umbrella Academy season 2 cast: Who’s coming back?
We expect all of the Hargreeves kids to feature, which means returns for Vanya (Ellen Page), Luther (Tom Hopper), Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman), Klaus (Robert Sheehan), Diego (David Castañeda), Number Five (Aidan Gallagher), and Ben (Ethan Hwang), who played an increasingly more central role towards the end of the first season.
As fans might expect, the events of season one will continue to have a huge impact on Vanya in particular moving forward. Speaking to Den of Geek, Ellen Page discussed the future of her character in more detail:
"For me, it's gonna be so interesting to explore Vanya. It's like Vanya 2.0 - less repressed and what does that mean in the good ways and bad kinda thing."
In the same interview, Klaus Hargreeves actor Robert Sheehan revealed more about his character too and they journey he'll take in the show's next season:
"He's constantly emerging into this new self. He's a butterfly that refuses to leave the cocoon, or he keeps going back into it. I'd love to see Klaus re-formed as something else, different completely. Hopefully, if the murmurings are to be believed, that's kind of where we're headed. I think he's in a constant state of change and that would bring much excitement for me."
There's every chance that their adoptive father Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore) will return in the form of flashbacks, as he did throughout the first series (that could also be the case with their robot mum Grace Hargreeves, played by Jordan Claire Robbins), as well as through Klaus's ability to conjure the dead.
But it remains to be seen whether time-travelling assassins Hazel (Cameron Britton) and Cha-Cha (Mary J Blige) will make a comeback. The latter was vaporised when the Earth was pelted and subsequently destroyed by chunks of falling moon, but the former managed to escape with love interest Agnes (Sheila McCarthy) and go off time travelling.
However, time travel is a big part of the story, which means there's every chance that they, along with The Handler (Kate Walsh), could return, despite the fact that Walsh's character was shot by Hazel.
In the comics, Hazel and Cha-Cha don't actually rock up until volume two, which demonstrates that this show isn't afraid to play with the original source material, regularly deviating from the page.
Characters we wouldn’t expect to meet again are Pogo (Adam Godley), Leonard Peabody/Harold Jenkins (John Magaro) and Detective Patch (Ashley Madekwe), who are not only all dead, but it also feels like we've reached the end of their respective stories.
Umbrella Academy season 2 plot: What will happen?
At the end of season one, Number Five uses his time-travelling capabilities to save his siblings from being destroyed while the world and everyone living on it is blitzed to a pulp.
So in season two, we will meet the Hargreeves kids once again in a brand new time and location as they attempt to figure out how to solve the mess they're in, which means dealing with their sister Vanya, who caused the apocalypse, and will continue to remain a threat until they can figure out how to help her.
However, the Netflix series isn't following the same pattern as the comics, so don't rely on Way and Bá's source material to predict what will happen. In Apocalypse Suite, the kids manage to save the world from being destroyed, with Dallas going on to focus on Number Five and the assassination of JFK, which he has been ordered to carry out.
But a significant chunk of Number Five's story has already been covered in season one, as well as the glaringly obvious fact that the kids didn't manage to save the world.
But there are some parallels, the synopsis for Dallas reading as follows: "The house they were raised in is destroyed. One member is bedridden, the side of her head held together with tape; and another has lost her voice, the source of her power... Does the Umbrella Academy have any future at all?"
"There's eight graphic novels planned in total, and we're on the third series right now," Gerard Way told The Hollywood Reporter (THR).
"Steven knows what happens in all of those eight volumes; I wrote up this document for him and the writers, which explains what will happen through all of the graphic novels."
Blackman also spoke about that epic season one finale, and where the show possibly goes from here: "I wanted this to really be the best of cliffhangers, in that you're like 'Wait, what? What happened?'
"It gives us a lot of openness and legroom to tell the best story we can next year. But yes, the apocalypse is not solved. They did not save the world, which is a slight alteration of the comic.
"To me, it was the right Netflix cliffhanger. You really want people to go into the off-season saying, 'I gotta know what happened,' and that will be revealed when – hopefully – you see season two."
Just don't ask Aidan Gallagher to give you plot details, as that's "top-secret information and Netflix would have to kill me if I said anything".
"Will it be mind blowing? Yes, it will be way better than season one," Gallagher continued. "Our showrunner Steve is the best writer and has the best writing staff. It will be epic. I can't wait to film all of it."
Way also has admiration for his showrunner. "It’s cool because Steve is super respectful of the source material and asks me questions and sometimes, he'll ask me to help solve problems," he said.
"Then, at the same time... because there's a mutual respect, he's going and making changes and I'm supporting those changes. I want him to feel free to tell the story he wants."
That respect goes two ways, according to Blackman. "The goal is not to diverge," he said. "Not everything translates from the graphic novel page to the screen, but there's a legion of fans and I want to bring in a whole new legion of fans who've never read the graphic novel, so the goal is not to just go off in our own direction.
"I like Gerard and Gabriel’s ideas so much, the goal is keep on trucking behind them, beside them. Things will deviate, but the goal is to try to be true to the source material."
The biggest clue we have right now is this tease from showrunner Steve Blackman, which reveals the title of the season 2 premiere script:
The title "Right Back Where We Started" suggests that the Hargreaves gang will head back to an earlier point in time at the beginning of season two. However, it's unclear whether the show will revisit scenes from season one or whether our heroes will literally go back to where they started as children fighting crime in the distant past.
Umbrella Academy season 2 trailer: When can we see it?
Although the cast have started filming season two, don't expect a trailer anytime soon still.
But watch this space for updates.
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