‘The Umbrella Academy’: Why the Truth Behind Ben Hargreeves’ Death Won’t Be Revealed for Some Time

by Jeremy Spirogis
Justin H. Min as Ben Hargreeves in

[Spoiler alert: The Umbrella Academy Season 2.] The Umbrella Academy followers have been delighted when Ben Hargreeves (Justin H. Min) took heart stage in season two. Not solely did the character make an impression past his ties together with his brother Klaus (Robert Sheehan), however he was additionally a key participant within the main cliffhanger on the finish of the season. 

That stated, there’s nonetheless a cloud of thriller surrounding Ben — aka Number Six aka The Horror — as The Umbrella Academy viewers nonetheless don’t know the precise reason for his dying. Then just lately, showrunner Steve Blackman hinted we received’t uncover the reality anytime quickly.

What occurred to Ben Hargreeves in ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Seasons 1 and a couple of?

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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Ben died on a mission earlier than the beginning of The Umbrella Academy Season 1. However, the character was in a position to work together with Klaus as a ghost, as he selected to not transfer on. Then in The Umbrella Academy Season 2, Ben came upon he had the power to own Klaus’ physique. 

At first, Ben merely used Klaus to talk together with his crush. But later, Ben needed to attain out into Vanya’s (Ellen Page) thoughts, as she was being tortured by the FBI who thought she was a KGB agent. Nevertheless, this motion had penalties. 

After convincing Vanya she wasn’t a monster and efficiently saving the world, Ben actually died and was pressured to maneuver on. But when the remaining Hargreeves siblings returned to the present-day, Ben was very a lot alive. Though he wasn’t the identical character followers grew to know and love.

‘The Umbrella Academy’ showrunner explains why he doesn’t understand how Ben died but

Clearly, Ben went by way of so much in the course of the first two seasons of The Umbrella Academy. But even with extra questions rising within the grand finale, followers nonetheless don’t understand how Ben initially died. Then when talking with IGN in August 2020, Blackman confirmed he’s additionally in the identical boat.

“I don’t know,” Blackman stated when requested about the reason for Ben’s dying. “I don’t know if [co-creator Gerard Way] 100% knows.”

It additionally appears the showrunner will maintain off on the arc till Way decides on Ben’s story for the graphic novel. 

“We have both talked about different ideas. I know that’s a big part of what he wants to do in the graphic novel. I’ve sort of pitched him some of my thoughts. But ultimately, I want Gerard to decide that,” Blackman stated. “I think it’s something that’s important for Gerard and the series. And I’d like for him to figure that one out.”

He added, “I’m happy to help him and do it. But I’m waiting for him to let me know how he thinks it happened.”

Meanwhile, Min is proud of the choice to maintain Ben’s Umbrella Academy storyline ambiguous. 

“From a storytelling and writing point of view, it allows them way more freedom when they keep it ambiguous and a little more mysterious,” Min informed Collider in August. “There are so many things to continue to explore with the death because it’s one of the main instances for why the family split apart, in the first place.”

He continued, “I think it allows them the freedom to lean into how that plays out in the sibling dynamics and relationship. I, for one, am glad that they continue to keep it a bit of a mystery, although I know the fans are really craving concrete clear answers.”

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