- Warning: Big spoilers are ahead for season three of Netflix’s ‘The Umbrella Academy’.
- Season three concludes with a closing credits scene with Justin H. Min, who stars as Ben.
- The scene will leave viewers with questions that will hopefully be answered when the show is refreshed.
‘The Umbrella Academy’ closed its mind-boggling third season with a cryptic closing credits.
Based on comics by writer-musician Gerard Way and illustrator Gabriel Bá, the hit show returned on Wednesday with a 10-episode season.
After the Hargreeves siblings stopped doomsday in Dallas, Texas in the season two finale, they traveled with a suitcase to April 2, 2019, the day after season one’s apocalypse. Upon arrival, they realized the timeline had been changed.
Rather than being in the Umbrella Academy, the building had become the residence of the Sparrow Academy, another group of superpowered people adopted by eccentric billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore).
This season, the Hargreeves feuded with their rivals at the Sparrow Academy before teaming up in an effort to prevent the complete collapse of the universe via a Kugelblitz (German for “sphere of lightning”).
Here’s what you need to know about the end credits scene of the season three finale.
The universe has been reset
Before diving into the end credits scene, it’s worth discussing what has happened up to that point.
Not every character from the season three premiere made it to the end.
In episode nine, only a few were alive: Reginald; Luther (Tom Hopper), Diego (David Castañeda), Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman), Klaus (Robert Sheehan), Five (Aidan Gallagher), and Viktor Hargeeves (Elliot Page); Lila (Ritu Arya); and Sparrow Academy members Ben (Justin H. Min) and Sloane (Genesis Rodriguez).
Reginald revealed that he had a plan to stop the end of the universe, through a portal he built Hotel Obsidian around.
But towards the end of episode nine, Reginald – who was previously revealed to be an alien – murdered Luther and used his death as a way to rally the team and convince them to enter through the mysterious portal.
Just as everyone was starting to travel through the tunnel, Reginald closed the door on Klaus, preventing him from joining.
“You’ve done a good job of bringing me back into the family circle,” Reginald told him. “You’re just more trouble than you’re worth.”
With Klaus left behind and the Kugelblitz about to wipe him out, he threw his body against the horn of the white buffalo on his way and killed himself.
The finale continued as the rest of the characters entered Hotel Oblivion. Klaus successfully resurrected himself using his powers and ended up in the hotel as well.
The hotel turned out to be a machine in another dimension.
After fighting and destroying some of the hotel’s formidable guards, Five found the sigil, the key to resetting the universe, was on the hotel floor. Reginald instructed the characters (minus Allison, with whom he made a deal) to stand on each of the seven stars on the floor. Then the particles from their bodies that gave them powers began to be sucked out of their bodies.
To prevent Reginald from killing them, Allison grabbed a scythe and cut his robot head. Then she pushed a button and everything went black.
In the next scene, Allison was reunited with her daughter Claire from the original timeline and with her husband Raymon Chestnut, whom she met in the 1960s in Dallas and died at age 82.
The rest of the crew—minus Sloane—came off an elevator into a whole new world.
Besides Luther being alive again, all the injuries the group had previously sustained at Hotel Oblivion had disappeared. But most notably, none of them had his powers left.
As the group broke up to take on their own lives, the camera turned to the skyline, dotted with buildings named Hargreeves, implying that Reginald is the most powerful person in this new universe. And his late wife, Abigail, is very much alive and standing by his side.
The end credits scene showed Ben on a train in South Korea
The scene showed Ben wearing a suit and glasses on a subway with other commuters. His hair was neatly parted to the side and combed back, somewhat like the way the Umbrella Academy version of Ben wore his hair.
He did not speak, but was seen reading an unidentified book as the announcer said, “This train is headed for Yeouido station.”
When he looked up from his book and through the train window, Ben had a faint smile on his face.
There was also a QR code sticker next to Ben, directing viewers to an actual website where fans can download designs from Pogo’s tattoo parlor.
The closing credits moment was reminiscent of the opening scene of the season three premiere. In the scene, on October 1, 1989, a schoolgirl on a train in Seoul suddenly became pregnant and gave birth.
Reginald traveled to South Korea and, after negotiations with the family, adopted the baby along with six others who would become Sparrow Academy.
It is unclear who exactly the Ben in the end credits scene is.
His demeanor seemed calmer than the arrogant Ben from Sparrow Academy. Still, he could be Sparrow Academy’s Ben looking for his birth mother — who was presumably the woman who gave birth in the season three premiere.
Another possibility is that he is the lovable Ben of the Umbrella Academy, perhaps resurrected when the universe was reset. Or he could be another version of Ben that fans haven’t met yet.
Season three also featured mentions of Ben from the Umbrella Academy dying during “the Jennifer incident”, but the details of his death are yet to be discussed.
If “The Umbrella Academy” is renewed for a fourth season, an explanation of the scene with the credits will probably be included.