‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 3: Is Harlan Going to Be the Villain?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Season 2 of Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy actually went out with a bang and left followers with tons of cliffhangers to dwell on till season 3. With Netflix not too long ago confirming season Three to enter manufacturing in February 2021, it’s time for followers to revisit some questions that we’ve been brooding on about the place the Hargreeves siblings go from right here.

The Umbrella Academy follows the (mis)adventures of the super-powered, extremely dysfunctional siblings of the Hargreeves household as they tackle childhood trauma whereas concurrently saving the world from (typically self-inflicted) apocalyptic threats. Season 2 of the sequence noticed them journey via time and reply a lot of our questions from season 1, whereas additionally totally breaking the present’s timeline and leaving followers with extra questions than solutions ultimately.

As the present solely returned to trendy time for a couple of minutes to depart us with a cliffhanger of a altering world, the true cliffhanger was what occurred with Harlan within the time through the 1960s and present-day within the new timeline.

Harlan and The Sparrow Academy.

In the season 2 finale, it was closely implied that Vanya took away Harlan’s powers when she calmed him down to forestall the apocalypse. In Harlan’s last scene of the season, nonetheless, he’s seen driving within the backseat of the automotive on the best way to California levitating a small picket sparrow.

The levitation of a small toy isn’t fairly the ability degree he displayed when he was about to unintentionally destroy the world, this was affirmation that certainly Harlan does nonetheless have no less than a few of his superpowers. Since he solely has superpowers as a result of Vanya gave them to him whereas resurrecting him, this can be a direct change from the unique timeline.

While he is only one little one, a super-powered boy simply being dropped into the timeline within the 1960s, many years earlier than the Umbrella Academy would undertake who would turn out to be the Hargreeves siblings, is a big change for the timeline. The reality {that a} sparrow is the toy he’s levitating might point out that he was immediately concerned within the meeting of The Sparrow Academy, which might substitute the unique timeline’s Umbrella Academy.

Fans know Reginald Hargreeves was very involved in “collecting” kids with superpowers, maybe Harlan gave him a begin a lot earlier on this new timeline and prompted the formation of this new tremendous workforce.

Harlan and Vanya’s apocalyptic similarities.

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Looking again at season 1, followers can see loads of similarities between Vanya’s arc and that of Harlan in season 2. Though they’re clearly very totally different characters, each had been misunderstood and unwittingly pushed right into a sequence of actions that put all the world in danger.

Fans went into season 2 assuming that Vanya is a sophisticated character, however season 2 confirmed her to be a way more central, even when a bit unwilling, protagonist. It is feasible the identical might occur with Harlan.

It’s unlikely if he’s concerned with Reginald Hargreeves that he could have an excellent impression of the unique Hargreeves siblings, however his current friendship with Vanya might complicate any fundamental adversarial relationship. Vanya was an extremely influential drive in his life for a time, and it’s unlikely he could have forgotten her.

Harlan as a friend or foe?

Ellen Page as Vanya Hargreeves on 'The Umbrella Academy'
Ellen Page as Vanya Hargreeves on ‘The Umbrella Academy’ | Netflix

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For season Three there are loads of causes that Harlan would return as a villain. He’s extremely highly effective, many years of his previous are totally unknown, and his childhood had its share of traumatic elements that usually turn out to be villainy in tales.

He would even be a grown grownup and now not the kid Vanya remembers. What’s extra, Vanya’s latest emotional attachment to Harlan might depart her weak and uncovered.

Harlan does have a posh relationship with Vanya although and as his powers had been already an apocalyptic risk in season 2, it could be seemingly that he isn’t the “big bag” for season 3. Overall, it may very well be anticipated that since “The Umbrella Academy” succeeds so constantly at delivering the sudden, that it’s unlikely that his function in season Three may very well be summed up in any language so simple as friend or enemy.

Whatever occurs, we will’t wait to search out out the solutions to those questions and extra in season Three of “The Umbrella Academy”

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