‘The Umbrella Academy’: Did Ben Hargreeves Die by Suicide?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Justin Min

For the Hargeeves siblings, the lack of their adoptive brother Ben (Justin H. Min) is in the end what drove them aside. While Ben’s dying remains to be a thriller within the universe of The Umbrella Academy, many followers have began to theorize that Ben may have died by suicide. 

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Ben Hargreeves’ dying tore the siblings aside 

The Umbrella Academy tells the story of a household of adopted youngsters with extraordinary superpowers. Under the supervision of Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore), the siblings are educated to make use of their powers to avoid wasting the world. Sadly, Ben — also referred to as “Number 6” or “The Horror” — died earlier than the tip of the world occurred. 

Still, followers get a glimpse of Ben all through season 1 of The Umbrella Academy, because of Klaus Hargreeves (Robert Sheehan). Klaus’ capacity to speak with the useless permits him to see and listen to Ben. Eventually, Klaus discovers that he can channel Ben’s talents, too. 

Ben didn’t have the best childhood 

Sir Reginald Hargreeves wasn’t essentially the most attentive father determine. In reality, he considered his adoptive youngsters extra like science experiments as a substitute of household. While learning Ben’s talents throughout season 1, Reginald notes that he’s “easily manipulated due to [his] enthusiastic, if naive, nature.” 

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Vanya (Ellen Page) additionally made a couple of astute observations about Ben whereas her talents had been unknowingly being stunted. In her autobiography, Vanya says Ben was “the kindest of my siblings, but he was so eager to please Father. He was easily manipulated, dragged into Father and Luther’s little games — and those two simply let him die.”

From Vanya’s perspective, Sir Reginald and Luther are presumably those accountable for Ben’s dying. This is smart, contemplating the quantity of guilt Luther (Tom Hopper) expresses experiencing throughout season 1.

Gerard Way stated they’re all partially accountable for Ben’s dying

In February 2019, Gerard Way, who penned the graphic novels of the identical identify with Gabriel Bá, advised Forbes Ben was useless when he wrote him into the story.

“That was his function,” Way defined. “I at all times knew I used to be going to resolve it. The factor about The Umbrella Academy, it’s nearly like improvisational jazz. You’re simply making it up as you go alongside. I’ve numerous issues deliberate for eight volumes of this graphic novel, however a few of it are nonetheless questions” — together with Ben’s dying. 

In May 2019, Way revealed extra about Ben’s dying. ““I think that they all maybe have some involvement in his death,” Way advised IGN. When requested for extra readability, Way may solely say: “I’m not even quite sure if I could reveal that. That’s beyond a spoiler because it has to do with the comic, too.” It looks as if followers must wait till Ben’s dying is revealed within the comics. 

Justin H. Min thinks Ben’s dying is a thriller 

Min has different ideas about his character’s dying. “I think no one really knows [how Ben died],” he advised Den of Geek in March 2019. “[Way] has even admitted that he, himself, does not absolutely know. I think we’ll all find out together and it’ll be really exciting when we all do. If that time comes.”

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Could Ben have died by suicide? 

Considering Ben’s gravestone reads, “May the darkness within you find peace in the light,” his dying may have very effectively been a suicide. “[His headstone] could easily refer to his inner issues concerning his mental health,” one fan on Reddit theorized. 

Other followers assume Ben’s dying may have been brought on by the creature that lives inside him and doubles as his superpower. “When we see him in the bank scene, he’s reluctant and even disappointed when called upon, leading me to believe something with his powers caused him to ‘die,’” one other fan shared on Reddit. “What if the eldritch entity that pops out of him is sentient, and Ben knows this?”

Still, others imagine Ben’s dying was an accident and in some way, Sir Reginald and Luther are accountable.

Will followers get extra of a proof concerning Ben’s dying in season 2 of The Umbrella Academy? Tune in on July 31 to search out out. 

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