Finished binging season 3 ofon Netflix? It was another round of saving the world, but this time the approach — and the stakes — were a little different. The Hargreeves siblings seem to be successful in preventing the entire universe from collapsing. But the results? They are understandably complicated.
Here’s where things stand after the Hargreeves take on rival Sparrow Academy, a universe-destroying black hole, and vicious warriors known as the Guardians. Did they successfully reset the universe or did they just make things worse? Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty details.
What is Kugelblitz (and how do you spell it)?
Episode 5 is where you’ll find the full explanation of this season’s equivalent of the big bad (not counting the initial antagonism of the Sparrow Academy and the trio of Guardians at the end). In short, the Kugelblitz – what looks like an orange ball of energy – randomly collapses matter through time and space until all existence goes black. This black hole is the universe’s answer to the grandfather paradox created by Harlan, Sissy’s superpowered son.
In the second season, Victor met Sissy in Dallas in 1963 and the couple fell in love. While saving Harlan from drowning, Victor accidentally transferred some of his powers to him. In the Season 2 finale, Victor believed he saved Harlan from the explosion by absorbing his powers, but the altered Harlan retained them for the rest of his life.
On October 1, 1989, Sissy died of cancer, the same day the Hargreeves siblings were inexplicably born. Harlan’s grief connected him to Victor, whom he had always wanted back. This connection caused Harlan to release an energy blast that was closest to Victor at the time: his mother. Harlan accidentally killed her, along with the mothers of the other Hargreeves siblings. This resulted in the Grandfather Paradox – in this altered timeline, the siblings were never born. When they jump forward in time from the 60s, they land in an altered 2019, where their past has been erased and Sparrow Academy is the main superhero show in town.
Luther and Klaus are sacrificed (but that won’t stop them)
Oh, Father Reginald. You seemed to have changed your ways (thanks to Sparrow Academy’s Pogo secretly drugging you to become more docile), but nope! The adoptive father of Hargreeve (and the sparrows) gave Klaus hope that he would treat his siblings with more love and care. He literally revealed a new layer in Season 2: Beneath that stern exterior is a blue lizard-like alien.
In the penultimate episode of Season 3, we see that this alien possesses a blade-sharp hand, which he uses to stab Luther to death. This is part of a tactic he used earlier to bring siblings together. Then, as Kugelblitz swarms Hotel Obsidian (later revealed to be Hotel Oblivion), he sacrifices Klaus, closing the door on him while the remaining seven siblings escape. So much for changing ways: Cold-blooded Reginald only cares about the exact number of siblings he needs to reset the universe.
Fortunately, after some convincing, Klaus returns from the afterlife to save the siblings in a battle with the Guardians, using his powers to briefly summon Luther in the perfect moment to save the day.
Lila is pregnant — for real this time
When Lila drops Stanley off at Diego’s doorstep, we see Diego grow and eventually accept the care of his newfound son. Only later does Lila discover that Stanley is not actually his son, but the son of her friend Trudy (unfortunately, Stan ends up Kugelblitzed). She “borrowed” him to test Diego if he would be up to the job of looking after his real son. That’s right — Lila is currently pregnant with Diego’s unborn son, who they can only save if they defeat the Guardians and reset the universe.
Allison becomes a vagabond once
Allison’s arc this season has seen her lose patience with being nice all the time, especially after the racial discrimination she suffered during the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. After losing her husband Raymond Chestnut in the past, she discovers that her daughter Claire no longer exists in the altered present. Fed up with the hand she’s been dealt, she draws on the full extent of her powers, discovering (with the help of Harlan’s remaining energy) that she can influence people without having to say, “I heard a rumor . . .”
She takes another step out of character by making a deal with Reginald to do whatever it takes to get Claire (and potentially Raymond) back. Mostly, this involves trying to convince the other siblings to fight the dangerous Guardians and reset the universe.
Seven bells to reset the universe
This time, to save the world, all it takes is for one of the siblings to hit a literal reset button. In the lobby of Hotel Obsidian — later revealed to be Hotel Oblivion, a giant machine built by whoever created the universe in the first place — seven stars can be seen on the floor. The seven remaining siblings, except for Allison, stand on these “bells” to create a sigil, which uses the particles inside their bodies as fuel. Meanwhile, Reginald appears to be altering the machine’s settings, which could explain why the universe isn’t returning to the expected norm. To prevent the siblings from draining themselves to death, Allison kills Reginald and then decides to hit the big red reset button anyway.
What the hell happened to everyone?
When the universe returns to “normal,” Alison gets exactly what she wanted: Claire and, inexplicably, Raymond. Is he just a figment of her imagination? She communicated with him when she was under a lot of stress before. Or did he actually travel to 2019 from 1963?
Luther returns, but he’s not the same either — he’s no longer an ape. None of the siblings have their powers anymore. One thing that doesn’t change: Ben is still the jerk version of Sparrow. Luther desperately flees to find his love Sloane, who could still potentially exist somewhere in the reset world, just not as part of Sparrow Academy. The other siblings go their separate ways.
Reginald also gets what he wanted. He seems to own all the high-rises in town, all named Hargreeves. In a Tony Stark-like tower marked with the giant letters “HE” (or “H” and three horizontal lines floating parallel over each other), old Reg looks out over the city with the same ethereal woman who was discovered to be living on the moon into the forbidden area in the same time that Luther was. Her name is Abigail Hargreeves, and according to the label on her cryogenic tube, she was dead. Reginald told Luther that his mission to the moon had a purpose, to “guard the most precious thing in the universe”. The way Reggie and Abigail look at each other lovingly suggests that they are an item.
Who is Abigail Hargreeves?
Surprisingly, Abigail Hargeeves was first introduced at the beginning of the first season finale. A mysterious scene takes place “a long time ago” on what appears to be a farm on another planet, where several rockets are launched into the sky. This suggests that Abigail and Reginald are husband and wife – and both aliens. On Abigail’s deathbed, she asks Reginald to take her violin with him and give it to someone else to keep (of course, Victor ends up being the recipient). “The world needs you, Reggie,” she says. Did Reginald and Abigail’s planet die? Was Reginald’s plan all along to create the Umbrella Academy and use his children as the power source for the universe reset machine to bring Abigail and their original planet back? Maybe season four will have those answers.
That mid-credits scene
Season 3 isn’t done teasing the future — in a mid-credits scene, we jump to South Korea, the camera pans through a train until a familiar face appears. Another Ben! This one looks super polished, wearing a smart suit and reading a book while commuting to Yeouido Station in Seoul. So in this reset universe, there are not one, but two Bens.
Wait, backup. Five is the founder of the Commission?
Surprisingly, it seems like one of the biggest revelations of the season won’t be too concerning until the end. In episode 4, Pet meets from the future in a bunker that is protected by the Grandpa Commission Paradox, belonging to the founder. That’s right — Pet has been the founder of the Commission all this time! The company that was causing him so much trouble was his own creation. Judging by one of the Old Five’s arms and the sigil tattoo, this version of the Five appears to have come from the timeline where the Hargreeves stop Reginald before he resets the universe. Will we get confirmation of exactly what happened in that time frame? Maybe, if Season 4 has enough time to explain…
What’s in store for Season 4?
Netflix hasn’t officially greenlit a fourth season yet, but creator and showrunner Steve Blackman has ideas for what could come next. Unfortunately, it sounds like the fourth season will be the last.
“I think it’s inevitable, if we have a fourth season, it’s coming to an end,” 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 keep treading the same ground as before. The challenge is to come up with a new way to subvert this story and I think we have an idea how to do it.”
“But I think it would be a great ending if we got to season 4. I’m not saying I couldn’t do more, but you know, I think it would be very satisfying for the audience, four seasons.”
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