Netflix dropped the third season of The Umbrella Academy the other week, and as usual, the response has mostly been positive. Netflix’s quirky superhero series has garnered a well-deserved following. But what comes next?
Well, Netflix hasn’t renewed the show for a fourth season yet, and given how it’s been struggling a bit of late, one isn’t guaranteed. But The Umbrella Academy is popular enough that I think it’ll happen, particular when showrunner Steve Blackman has a firm plan in place.
“I think inevitably if we got a Season 4, it’s going towards an endgame,” Blackman told TheWrap. “I think at a certain point, I’m not sure where we’d go after Season 4. We have to be careful. My plan for next year is not to continually tread on the same ground we have before. It’s a challenge to come up with a new way to subvert this storyline, and I think we have an idea how to do that. But I think if we got to Season 4, it would be a great ending for the run of the show. I’m not saying I couldn’t do more, but you know, I think that would be very satisfying for the audience, four seasons.”
But what exactly would a fourth season entail? That involves SPOILERS for season 3, so proceed with caution.
What will happen to The Umbrella Academy in season 4?
A lot changed for our heroes at the end of season 3, and Blackman intends to follow up on it. “I want to pose to the viewer and the fan, ‘Would they be happier without their powers?’ I mean, all they do is complain about being who they are,” he said. “So will Victor, will Diego be happy without it or will they feel like they’re missing an appendage? Will the world not be right for them anymore without powers? Can they be ‘normal’?”
By the end of season 3, The Umbrella Academy universe has been reset, but Blackman intends to explore the specifics. “[H]ow it is reset and the ways it will be reset is a place we’re going to be going to hopefully in Season 4,” he said.
You can watch the first three seasons of The Umbrella Academy on Netflix right now. As for the fourth, we’ll keep our fingers crossed.