The Umbrella Academy moved to a whole new setting for its third season. The first two seasons ended with global destruction, and now this one is no different, and it also leaves you hanging by the tail of your seat.
After they defeat their Sparrow versions and dodge another apocalypse, the siblings appear to have renewed the world’s proper register.
Yet, one thing seems to be missing: Their powers are no longer existent. Number Five’s (Aidan Gallagher) power to jump through time and space is gone. Likewise, Diego (David Castañeda) can no longer bend objects to his own accord – even spinning a knife is a flop for him.
Showrunner Steve Blackman wants audiences to contemplate whether this new state is “a gift or a curse” given by their adoptive dad, Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore).
“I think it depends on the siblings,” Gallagher says in an interview on EW’s Around the Table video show. “Who’s going to end up wrestling with this reality versus accept it and try to cut out a semblance of a normal life?”
Several cast members see their characters being significantly shocked by the sudden disappearance of their powers – like Klaus (Robert Sheehan), who merely mastered his immortality, and Lila (Ritu Arya), who can imitate everyone’s abilities.
“I think Lila’s confidence heavily relies on her power to mimic everyone’s powers,” Arya states. “I would be really interested to see her without that and if she’d be as uninhibited or aloof – or just very clumsy and bumping into walls.”
Meanwhile, Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman) had already experienced being powerless in season 2 when she didn’t have her voice and appeared to enjoy it. However, her power to alter reality with her voice is very tempting – we saw it when she used it in season 3 to harass Luther (Tom Hopper) sexually.
“She fell in love with that version of herself,” Raver-Lampman states.
“Without her powers, she was starting to love the woman she was becoming, and discovering other sides of herself that she didn’t know existed because she had come to rely on the easiest way in or out of situations with her powers. Her time in the ’60s with Ray is this bubble of quiet that she’d never had before… There’s a part of me that thinks she would be okay without it because it did seem easier for her personal life when she didn’t have them.”
The Umbrella Academy is one of Netflix’s most popular shows, but there has been no announcement about whether or not it will have a season 4. Unfortunately, this new development could mean the program’s end.
With their powers gone, the siblings could be on center stage for this family dynamic to shine.
“I wish Luther and Diego find themselves working in a theme park,” says Castañeda.
“Some of us should open a bakery,” Gallagher continues. ‘A couple of us running a shop? Could be fun!”Season 3 of The Umbrella Academy is now available on Netflix.