Parallel timelines, ball lightning, Hotel Oblivion? The third season of the superhero series “The Umbrella Academy” was already a wild mindfuck ride, which also left some big question marks in the room towards the end. We explain to you what the strange mid-credit scene and the end of the third season is all about. Of course, this article is full of spoilers for “The Umbrella Academy” – so if you still want to watch the season on Netflix without prior knowledge, stop reading here and check back at a later date.
All’s well that ends well. Not so with the superhero adoptive family of Umbrella Academy. After the siblings were confronted with the “Sparrows”, i.e. their alternative “selves” on a parallel timeline and also had to stop the ball lightning, Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman) halves the skull of “Sparrow” Reginald in a final argument (Colm Feore) and stopped the processes triggered by the Interdimensions machine.
The universe reset seems to have worked. Or maybe not? Allison wakes up in a cab in front of her house. Upstairs in her house, she finds her daughter Claire (Coco Assad) sleeping in bed while Ray (Yusuf Gatewood) looks in the door. The season seems to have had a happy ending for Allison – she has been reunited with her child and husband. This scene has almost paradisiacal features. Did Allison die trying to stop the machine, or is she in another plane of reality?
Meanwhile, the remaining team members step out of an elevator onto the Obsidian Memorial Plaza. Something seems different, because not only have all the injuries that the group members had sustained in the course of the adventures simply disappeared, Luther (Tom Hopper) and Klaus (Robert Sheehan) have also risen from the dead. Only Sloane (Genesis Rodriguez) is no longer with the rest of the troupe – a shock for her husband Luther, who immediately goes in search of his wife. Amazingly, the prodigies have all lost their superhero abilities – but that doesn’t stop them from splitting up and exploring this unknown world on their own.
It doesn’t seem to be a known reality, because Reginald Hargreeves is alive again in this world! The manipulative, tyrannical patriarch seems to play an important role there, as the skyscrapers of the Hargreeves companies dominate the city’s skyline. Hargreeves himself is seen perched on the top floor of a Stark Tower-like building, looking out at the world. At his side is his wife Abigail (Liisa Repo-Martell). Has this new reality been shaped somewhat according to Hargreeves’ wishes? It almost seems so.
What does all this mean? If your head is already spinning, you’d better skip the post-credits scene (or more precisely, the mid-credits scene because it takes place between the two credits). Here we see a man who looks like Ben (Justin H. Min) traveling by train in South Korea towards Yeouido. Ben is deep in a book and when he hears the name of the final stop, a mischievous smile crosses his face.
The scene is reminiscent of the season opener, in which we see a young woman (probably Ben’s mother) who experiences a spontaneous pregnancy on a Korean train in 1989 and gives birth to a child in the compartment. The big question is: what version of Ben is on the train? Is it Umbrella Ben, Sparrows Ben or a whole new version of Ben that we haven’t seen before?
For all hardcore fans and amateur sleuths, there is a QR code sticker next to Ben in the scene that directs viewers to a website called “Pogos Tattoo Shop” where they can download tattoo designs inspired by the series can become.
This scene doesn’t just leave us perplexed. In an interview with TV Guide said Ben actor Justin H. Min: “When I was shooting this scene, I was not given any information about what we were shooting or what it would be used for, […]. And when I saw her in the credits scene, I was just as shocked as everyone else.”
The words of showrunner Steve Blackman bring some light into the darkness: “All I can tell you is that this is the Sparrow-Ben you met in Season 3.” “It’s not a ghost Ben, it’s not the Ben from the Umbrella timeline – the Ben from the train is the Ben we met this season.”
Different realities, a cryptic credits scene and superheroes without superpowers! What does all this mean? We will probably only get a complete overview in the 4th season of the Netflix series “Umbrella Academy”, which has not yet been confirmed, but since the series is still in second place in the Netflix series charts, it should be the Extension is only a mere formality.