Showrunner Steve Blackman has already submitted a pitch to Netflix for the next season and is waiting for approval. He recently mentioned that season 4 may be the last.
In case you're still losing your mind over the explosive ending the third season of The Umbrella Academy left us with, buckle up. Showrunner Steve Blackman recently teased that he already has the season 4 storyline worked out in his head.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about the direction the next season might take, Blackman said: "We haven't been picked up—I have my fingers crossed. But I know what season four is in my head. I've already sort of worked out the beginning, middle, and end of it. When I started this thing, I sort of knew four seasons of the show. I have nothing passed that in my brain, but I've sort of kept to a trajectory. So, I have a really good sense of what season four would be, and it should be just as bonkers as the other seasons—what a challenge these superheroes, this family has being powerless."
‘The Umbrella Academy’ Creator Has a Four-Season Plan https://t.co/eBYAulXg3I— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) June 27, 2022
The third installment of the show begins with the Umbrellas back where they started in their original timeline. However, there have been some major changes since they left it at the end of season one. The biggest kicker they realize is that there are some new superhumans living in their home and the Umbrella Academy itself doesn't exist. As it turns out, after meeting six of his kids in 1963 during season two, Reginald Hargreeves (played by Colm Feore) decides to adopt a different batch of seven kids, who are known as "the Sparrow Academy" and are fiercer than the Umbrellas ever were.
The moment we didn't know we needed but absolutely did. Take a BTS look as our cast prepared for the dance performance of their life. pic.twitter.com/2e826Gcetm— Umbrella Academy (@UmbrellaAcad) June 27, 2022
Although Blackman has pitched the storyline for season 4 to Netflix, he is yet to receive the green light. Meanwhile, the showrunner did drop some bad news: the next season might be the last. Speaking to TheWrap, he said: "I think inevitably if we got a Season 4, it's going towards an endgame. 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 continually tread on the same ground we have before. It's a challenge to come up with a new way to subvert this storyline, and I think we have an idea how to do that. But I think if we got to Season Four, it would be a great ending for the run of the show. I'm not saying I couldn't do more, but you know, I think that would be very satisfying for the audience, four seasons."
Interestingly enough, as far as season four's story goes, it appears as though Blackman is considering stripping the characters of their powers. "I want to pose to the viewer and the fan, 'Would they be happier without their powers?' I mean, all they do is complain about being who they are," the showrunner said. "So will Victor, will Diego be happy without it or will they feel like they're missing an appendage? Will the world not be right for them anymore without powers? Can they be 'normal'?" He added that while the universe is now reset, "how it is reset and the ways it will be reset is a place we're going to be going to hopefully in season 4."
The Umbrella Academy Seasons 1,2 and 3 are currently streaming on Netflix.