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Decoding the bizarre 'The Umbrella Academy' season 3 end-credits scene

The Umbrella Academy finally dropped a mind-boggling season three on June 22nd, 2022, on Netflix. Created by Steve Blackman from Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba’s eponymous graphic novels, the ten-episode series featured a bizarre end-credits scene that has left fans gobsmacked.

The second season ended on an epic cliffhanger. After the dysfunctional Hargreeves siblings allegedly stop the doomsday in Dallas, Texas, they realise that they have altered the timeline, leading to the unprecedented entry of their alter-egos, the Sparrow Academy.

The returning cast included Elliot Page, Aidan Gallagher, Justin H. Min, Robert Sheehan, David Castaneda, Tom Hopper, Colm Feore and more. The season will also feature new faces like Britne Oldford, Jake Epstein, Justin Cornwell, Cazzie David, Genesis Rodriguez etc. 

The third season saw the Hargreeves and Sparrows clash before teaming u to prevent the German “ball of lightning” aka the Kugelblitz from essentially demolishing the universe.

Before addressing the bizarre end-credits scene, it is important to address what went down during the season. By episode nine, most of the cast had been wiped out except Reginald, Luther, Viktor (transition from Vanya), Allison, Five, Klaus and Diego from the Umbrella Academy while only Ben and Sloane remained from the Sparrow Academy.

While Reginald seemingly had a foolproof plan to rescue the group and save the universe, he turns out to be detrimental to the group. He murders Luther and uses the event to manipulate the rest to walk through a dubious portal he has built. However, he does not let Klaus enter, essentially compelling him to die. Heartless, he tells Klaus, “You’ve done a fine job bringing me back into the family fold. You’re just more trouble than you’re worth.”

However, at the brink of the Kugelblitz, Klaus kills himself before a successful resurrection leads him to the hotel with the rest of the characters. Hotel Obsidian is, however, a machine in a different dimension.

While Reginald almost successfully convinces the others to follow his bidding which might kill them, Allison, sick and tired of his games, betrays her pact with Reginald and slices off his robotic head.

After a blackout, Allison is seen back in the original timeline with her family which turns out to be the 1960s. Meanwhile, the rest of the crew end up in a new world, Stripped of their powers, they seemingly embark on new lives. However, Reginald still prevails with his wife by his side.

The finale sees Ben in a crisp suit and glasses sitting on a train in South Korea which is bound for Yeouido Station. While he dons a faint smirk, the scene bears an uncanny resemblance to a scene at the beginning o the third season where a school girl on a train in Seoul suddenly gives birth in 1989.

Reginald travels to South Korea, negotiates with the family and adopts the baby along with six other children who constitute the Sparrow Academy, the alter-egos of the Umbrella Academy.

However, whether the Ben from the end-credits scene is the evil Sparrow Academy version or the adorable one from Umbrella Academy is yet unknown. If the show gets renewed for a fourth season, the creators might address this complicated scene that might also involve a Ben from an entirely new dimension.

Watch The Umbrella Academy season three on Netflix now.