The Umbrella Academy Season 4’s Fate Has Been Decided And It’s A Big Deal

Will they come back?

By Michileen Martin | Published

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With Netflix facing a lot of uncertainty this year, the relationship between the streamer and its shows kind of feels like one of your more brutal star-killing dramas like The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones–no one is safe. So when The Umbrella Academy‘s third season hit Netflix in June, there was no guarantee it wouldn’t get the axe. But now we know for sure, and that’s not the only big news we know. The Umbrella Academy season 4 is confirmed, and it will be the superhero series’ final season.

As THR reports, showrunner Steve Blackman has confirmed The Umbrella Academy season 4 is on the way, and it will conclude the story of the titular superhero family. Blackman promised fans “an amazing story ahead for season four, one that will have fans on the edge of their seats until the final minutes.” Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, David Castañeda, Aidan Gallagher, Justin H. Min, Colm Feore, and Ritu Arya are all set to reprise their roles in the final season.

Sadly, rather than regretting that the next season will end the series, a lot of fans may welcome the news The Umbrella Academy‘s season 4 will be the end and may even feel like it’s one season too late. As The Express and others reported, when the series returned from its two year hiatus in June, the portrayal of Allison Hargreeve (Raver-Lampman) fan reaction. Separated from her husband and child, Allison takes an incredibly dark turn in the most recent season; including using her powers in an attempt–thankfully aborted–to sexually assault Luther (Hopper).

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Emmy Raver-Lampman in The Umbrella Academy

When Raver-Lampman talked to Decider about the scene, she called it “a really big turning point for Allison. That is where we really see how far she’s dipped into letting her trauma and her crumbling emotional state take over.” Tom Hopper added, “Through rehearsal, we were like, it’s all about her wanting to take the power back. It’s her going, ‘No, I want to be in control of the situation again, because I’m so out of control. I need to take control of something.’ And she just stood there and said it. And she had all the power over this big guy, which is Luther.” While the explanation may make sense, a lot of fans may have already decided to not tune in for The Umbrella Academy season 4. In a post-#MeToo world, showing a superhero committing a sexual assault may simply be a bridge too far.

Premiering on Netflix in 2019, The Umbrella Academy has consistently been one of the most popular streaming series out of the superhero genre that isn’t attached to either Marvel or DC; with only Amazon Prime’s The Boys acting as a realistic challenger. The series is based on the comics written by Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance fame, which have been published by Dark Horse over the years in mini-series starting with 2007-8’s Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite. The most recent mini–published between 2020 and 2021–was You Look Like Death: Tales from the Umbrella Academy.