Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for season two of Netflix's "The Umbrella Academy."
Following the apocalypse that took place on the season one finale, the Hargreeves siblings ended up scattered across three years in Dallas, Texas.
This time around, they're tasked with preventing the end of the world on November 25, 1963, which will happen two days after President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Texas.
The finale also sets up a potential third season for "The Umbrella Academy," if the show gets renewed.
The Hargreeves siblings returned for season two of Netflix's "The Umbrella Academy" (based on comics from musician Gerard Way and illustrator Gabriel Bá) and reunited to stop the end of the world — again.
At the end of season one, Vanya (Ellen Page) lost control of her powers, blew up the moon, and caused the apocalypse. But with Number Five's (Aidan Gallagher) ability to transport through space and time, he was able to help the siblings escape.
They ended up scattered across Dallas, Texas in the 1960s and learned that doomsday was set to happen as a result of nuclear warfare, three days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Though season two featured elements of from season one (like an apocalypse and assassins sent on a mission to eliminate the Hargreeves), there were some new characters that elevated the series. The second season also showed character development for the dysfunctional, super-powered family members and paved the way for a potential third season, if the show gets renewed.
Here's what happened to the major characters on season two of "The Umbrella Academy."
Number Five saw the end of the world happen on November 25, 1963, but was sent back in time with 10 days to stop doomsday and save his family.
At the start of season two, Hazel (the time-traveling assassin from the Commission that we met during season one, played by Cameron Britton) appeared before Number Five in 1963 and helped him travel back in time to 10 days prior so he could fix the timeline.
Shortly after arriving there, three Swedes hired by the Commission appeared and began firing guns. Right before Hazel was shot, he dropped a clue in Number Five's pocket and gave him a briefcase so he could flee the scene.
With the help of a new friend named Elliott (Kevin Rankin), Five learned that all his siblings arrived in Dallas in the same alley, except they all appeared at different points in time. Number Five, still trapped in his cranky teenage body, slowly began searching for his siblings.
At the same time, they found themselves on the run from the Swedes who were ordered to kill the Hargreeves since they disrupted the timeline.
Vanya Hargreeves learned that once again, her powers sparked doomsday.
When Vanya arrived in Dallas on October 12, 1963, she stumbled through a street and got hit by a car driven by Sissy (Marin Ireland), one of several new characters this season.
Vanya, who had no memories of what happened before landing in Texas, was taken in by Sissy and her husband, Carl (Stephen Bogaert), and became a nanny to their autistic son named Harlan (Justin Paul Kelly).
During episode four, Harlan drowned in a pond, but Vanya used her powers to bring him back to life. In doing so, she inadvertently gave Harlan some of her powers, which played a part in the finale.
Vanya also formed a romantic relationship with Sissy, which was a step up from the murderer named Leonard Peabody (John Magaro) who was her love interest during season one. Vanya and Sissy's relationship had complications because the latter character was in a loveless marriage with Carl and because homophobia was still rampant in the '60s.
Carl was also one of the second season's antagonists. He was furious after learning that Vanya and Sissy fell in love and threatened to send Harlan to an institution if Vanya didn't pack her things and leave their farm.
After seeing Vanya use her powers on the highway patrol, Carl felt threatened and accused her of being a KGB agent. On episode nine, Carl fired a rifle at Sissy and Vanya, but Harlan used his powers and redirected the bullet to his father, killing him.
With Carl dead, Sissy and Harlan were free to leave Dallas and have a better life, possibly in California. Vanya hoped that they would follow her when she escaped 1963, but Sissy worried that they wouldn't be able to have a normal life and Harlan would be in danger. So, they said goodbye and Sissy asked Vanya to come back to her if she ever found a safe way to do so.
Vanya's powers predictably played a key role in the end of the world in 1963. Diego accessed the Commission's footage from the Infinite Switchroom and found out that her powers made an FBI building explode, which resulted in the Soviets attacking the US, leading to nuclear war.
By episode eight, it seemed like that would actually happen to Vanya, as she was being interrogated and tortured (via LSD) by a special agent from the FBI who suspected that she was a Communist and threat to the US.
The Hargreeves' mission then became trying to stop Vanya from causing the federal building to explode. They succeeded with the help of Ben, who was able to reach Vanya's mind, get through to her, and prevent the explosion from happening (more on that later).
Luther Hargreeves (Tom Hopper) became an underground fighter under the alias King Kong.
When Luther arrived in Dallas in 1962, he found housing at the Plano Street Rooming House for Solitary Men. He became a fighter and handed all his prize money to Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby (John Kapelos), who he also worked as a bodyguard for.
In real-life, Ruby was identified as the person who killed Lee Harvey Oswald, the suspected assassin of President John F. Kennedy.
Jack treated Luther like a son, but he cut ties with him after he lost a fight, which resulted in the gambler losing a lot of money.
Diego Hargreeves (David Castañeda) was put in an asylum after he landed in Dallas.
Five found Diego based on a newspaper clipping, which described him as a "disturbing man with multiple knives."
Diego's hero complex and defiance of the law led him to be locked up at Holbrook Sanitarium, where he met a woman named Lila Pitts (Ritu Arya) and eventually fell in love with her. Lila helped Diego escape the asylum during the season premiere and stuck with him as the apocalypse drew near. Her reasons for getting close to him weren't made clear until later in the season.
Diego's main goal during season two was to save JFK from being assassinated, and that's the only reason why he agreed to help Number Five try to stop the apocalypse.
The siblings learned that their father, who died at the start of season one but was very much alive in the '60s, was part of a secret group known as the Majestic 12 that plotted to kill the president.
While in Dallas, Allison Hargreeves (Emmy Raver-Lampman) worked as a civil rights organizer with her husband, Raymond Chestnut (Yusuf Gatewood).
The couple lived in South Dallas and were married for nearly a year. Naturally, Luther was heartbroken when he found out.
It was also revealed that Allison hadn't used her rumor power since Vanya slashed her throat during season one and nearly killed her. After the incident, Allison couldn't speak for a year. Allison also said that she liked who she was without her power because she felt like she earned everything she had.
She met Ray, an active member of the civil rights movement, while working at Odessa's. The beauty parlor, which was specifically for Black women, served as the meeting place for the activists.
Allison, Ray, and the other members of the group also organized a sit-in at a whites-only restaurant in the days leading up to JFK's visit to Dallas and hoped that the protest would attract media attention and result in social change.
Klaus Hargreeves (Robert Sheehan) started a cult and reconnected with the love of his life.
Klaus and the ghost of Ben arrived in Texas on February 11, 1960. In the years after, he traveled the world preaching his spiritual messages and accumulating a group of loyal followers who clung to his words and never left his side.
He returned to Dallas so he could see Dave (Calem MacDonald), who fans first met during season one when Klaus fought alongside him in the Vietnam War. Dave died in battle and Klaus called him "the only person I have ever truly loved more than myself."
Klaus saw his situation in season two as a way to reconnect with Dave. Plus, Dave enlisted in the army the same day that JFK was assassinated, so Klaus hoped that he could save his life by convincing him not to sign up. The only problem was that Dave had no clue who Klaus was and he didn't know he was gay yet.
Klaus professed his "undying love" for Dave in a diner, which resulted in Dave's uncle instructing the boy to punch Klaus for being queer. Dave's uncle also made him sign up for the army that day, a deviation from the original timeline.
On season two, Ben Hargreeves (Justin H. Min) learned how to possess Klaus' body.
By possessing Klaus, he was able to experience the world in a tangible way and connect with a girl from Klaus' cult that he had a crush on.
During the penultimate episode of season two, Ben entered Vanya's mind while she was tortured by the FBI and was able to use his compassion to convince her that she wasn't the monster she believed she was.
He made his sister realize that she wasn't alone anymore because she had her siblings. Ben also explained that it wasn't Klaus' fault that he stayed around after his untimely death. Instead, Ben was too scared to go into the light and fully leave the world.
Ben traded his life for Vanya's by saving her and she was able to regain consciousness and stop the power surge from causing an explosion.
The Handler (Kate Walsh), struck a deal with Number Five and had him murder the members of the Commission's board of directors so she could take over.
The Handler was shot by Hazel during season one, but she survived because of a metal plate she already had in her head. During season two, the power-hungry character was demoted by the Commission's A.J. Carmichael, which led her to plot to get the whole board killed.
During episode six, Number Five agreed to take out the board and in exchange, the Handler would get the Hargreeves home and away from the apocalypse. She double-crossed him though.
After giving Number Five a suitcase to get them back to 2019, she informed him that he only had 90 minutes to gather his siblings. Because he wasn't given a heads up about the time constraint, he failed, just as she hoped.
On the season two finale, the Handler shot and killed the Hargreeves siblings. But Number Five, who managed to stay alive, successfully traveled back in time a few seconds to undo the damage.
He got his payback by intercepting the Handler just as she was about to fire her gun and the last remaining Swede arrived and shot her in the back, killing her for good this time.
Newcomer Lila Pitts (Ritu Arya) was a key character on season two.
Lila's parents were killed by Number Five when she was 4 years old. The kill was ordered by the Handler, but she forged Carmichael's name on the paperwork and raised Lila as her own child.
The Handler put Lila in Holbrook Sanitarium to get close to Diego and protect Number Five from the Swedes, but she ended up developing real feelings for Diego.
After Lila found out that Number Five killed her parents in West London in 1993, she sought out revenge. Once she found the Hargreeves, it was revealed that Lila had powers of her own that allowed her to mirror their abilities. She went on to use her power to fight them.
Lila realized that the Handler didn't actually love her, and only adopted her because she had powers. After the Handler was killed, she used a briefcase to teleport to an unknown location.
Lila's presence also points to a larger point on "The Umbrella Academy."
There were a total of 43 children who were all born on October 1, 1989 from mothers who had no prior indication of being pregnant. This includes the seven Hargreeves siblings and Lila.
The introduction of Lila indicated that there are others out in the world who may have special abilities, which could play a huge part if the show continues.
Fans learned a bit more about Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore) during the second season.
Although Reginald died on season one, the character returned for season two because the events took place in the '60s, long before he even adopted the seven super-powered kids in 1989.
His origin was briefly alluded to in the first season. The penultimate episode of season two further connected the character to his comic-book counterpart. In the comics, Reginald is a space alien who travels to Earth and becomes a billionaire.
On the show, after the Majestic 12 killed JFK, Reginald met with the group and expressed anger at their actions. The group countered that the president had to die because he was problematic, plus the rocket technology provided by Reginald would enable them to beat the Russians in the race to the moon and also serve his interests on the dark side of the moon.
Reginald was opposed to continuing supplying the group, but they threatened him by saying that they'd tell the world who he really was. Then, Reginald peeled off his skin, which turned out to be a mask, and revealed his true form (which was concealed from viewers) before murdering the members of the society.
The final moments of the season two finale further set up a potential third season.
After the Handler was killed, the Hargreeves used a briefcase to travel to April 2, 2019, the day after the season one apocalypse. Because they prevented the end of the world, the family was ready to celebrate their achievement. But after going into the kitchen of the Umbrella Academy mansion, they realized something was off.
Reggie, who was supposed to be dead in 2019, appeared and informed them that this wasn't their home and instead of being called the Umbrella Academy, it was called the Sparrow Academy. Then, they came face-to-face with a young Ben, who appeared to be the leader of the group and seemed much ruder than their late sibling.
"Umbrella Academy" showrunner Steve Blackman already told Business Insider that he has a plan for where the series can go from here, so it'll be interesting to see how the cliffhanger unfolds if the show gets renewed.
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