‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 2: Justin H. Min Was Just as Shocked About Ben’s Ending as You Were

by Jeremy Spirogis
Justin H. Min as Ben Hargreeves in

[Spoiler alert: Ben’s arc and ending in The Umbrella Academy Season 2.] The Umbrella Academy followers have been pleasantly stunned when Ben Hargreeves (Justin H. Min) obtained extra screentime within the present’s second season. Ben — aka Number Six aka The Horror — died throughout a mission when the Hargreeves siblings have been teenagers. However, his reference to Klaus Hargreeves (Robert Sheehan) allowed Ben to impression the story — to a restricted extent. 

In The Umbrella Academy Season 2, Ben and Klaus have been capable of attain new lengths collectively. Though this finally led Ben to his closing loss of life — type of. The character’s closing moments arrange a cliffhanger for the third season, which has but to be renewed by Netflix. But regardless, Ben’s ending got here as a shock to everybody, particularly Min, who truly thought he was out of a job following his on-screen alter ego’s demise.

What occurred to Ben Hargreeves in ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 2?

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Throughout The Umbrella Academy Season 2, Ben discovered work together with the world in new methods. For one, he was capable of possess Klaus’ physique to speak to his crush. Then in “743,” Ben efficiently reached Vanya’s (Ellen Page) thoughts whereas she was being tortured by the FBI by way of an electrical chair. He satisfied his sister she wasn’t alone and prevented her from exploding the constructing, which might have led to the top of the world. 

Even so, Ben exchanged his life to avoid wasting Vanya. As it seems, Number Six might have moved on after his loss of life. But he was too scared on the time. So he stayed with Klaus for 17 years. Then in Vanya’s thoughts, Ben realized he couldn’t return, at the same time as a ghost, and could be pressured to maneuver on. 

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“I died 17 years ago,” Ben mentioned. “All of the rest of this, these years with Klaus, it’s all been gravy. At least this time I get to say goodbye.”

Nevertheless, it wasn’t actually goodbye. At the top of The Umbrella Academy Season 2 finale, the six remaining Hargreeves siblings returned to April 2, 2019. As anticipated, they saved the world from the apocalypse. But they screwed up their very own timeline. 

Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore) wasn’t lifeless and he claimed he wasn’t even the Hargreeves’ adopted father. Meanwhile, the Umbrella Academy was changed by the Sparrow Academy, led by a really totally different — and really a lot alive — Ben.

How Justin H. Min came upon Ben wasn’t lifeless in ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 2

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In an interview with E! News revealed in August 2020, Min revealed he didn’t know Ben could be revived in The Umbrella Academy Season 2 finale. So when the actor filmed his closing scene for “743,” he really thought his character’s arc was coming to an finish.

“I actually had no idea that was going to happen,” Min mentioned. “They kept all of us in the dark with the last scene of our season, until the very end. So we had actually gotten a rough draft of episode 10. But that last scene had been omitted.”

He added, “What’s crazy is that when I shot that scene with Vanya in episode nine, I actually thought that was going to be the end of Ben and the end of this character. So it was really emotional that day not just because Ben was saying goodbye to Vanya and to his family, but Justin Min as the actor, I felt like I was saying goodbye to the show and to the experience.”

But Min finally came upon Ben was nonetheless alive from The Umbrella Academy showrunner Steve Blackman. 

“A couple weeks after we shot that scene, I was legitimately starting to pack my things, get ready to leave Toronto,” Min mentioned. “I get this top-secret email from Steve Blackman, our showrunner, who just sent out the last three pages of the script just to the cast members, just to the seven family members.”

He continued, “Of course, I opened it and I read it. I was sort of just screaming and crying in the middle of my Toronto apartment alone.”

What Ben’s ending means for ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 3

Justin H. Min as Ben Hargreeves in 'The Umbrella Academy'
Justin H. Min as Ben Hargreeves in ‘The Umbrella Academy’ | Netflix

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As talked about, Netflix has but to resume The Umbrella Academy Season 3. But Ben’s ending within the sophomore season leaves the door open for an additional spherical. 

“The Ben we meet at the very end of 10 is corporeal,” Blackman informed Cinemablend in August 2020. “He’s of the real world, and he’s somebody that I think we’re gonna get to know if there’s a Season 3.”

Though it’s probably the Ben who died and the brand new Ben on the finish of the second season will really feel solely totally different if and when the Netflix sequence returns.

“I think [Ben’s] powers could be quite similar. But in terms of everything else, he’s completely different,” Min informed IGN, noting intentional modifications in Ben’s look, from his hair to his scar. “We all discussed ways to make him seem and feel as different as possible. He’s sort of this … antagonistic figure to the family. So yeah, it’s weird to play almost the complete opposite of a person that you played.”

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