Explanation of the final scene of the end credits of season 3 of ‘The Umbrella Academy’

Explanation of the final scene of the end credits of season 3 of ‘The Umbrella Academy’

  • Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for the third season of Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy.”
  • The third season concluded with an end credits scene featuring Justin H. Min, who plays Ben.
  • The scene will leave viewers with questions that will hopefully be addressed if the show is renewed.


The Umbrella Academy’s “The Umbrella Academy” concluded its jaw-dropping third season with a cryptic end credits scene.

Based on comics by writer and musician Gerard Way and illustrator Gabriel Bá, the hit show returned Wednesday for a 10-episode season.

After the Hargreeves brothers stopped the end of the world in Dallas, Texas in the season two finale, they used a briefcase to travel to April 2, 2019, the day after the season one apocalypse. Upon arrival, they realized that the timeline was altered.

Instead of being the Umbrella Academy, the building had become the residence of the Sparrow Academy, a different group of superpowered people adopted by eccentric billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore).

This season, the Hargreeves feuded with their rivals at Sparrow Academy before uniting in an effort to prevent the total collapse of the universe via a Kugelblitz (German for “ball of lightning”).

Here’s what you need to know about the end credits scene from the season three finale.

The universe was reset

Hotel Oblivion seen in the season three finale of

Most of the season three finale took place at Hotel Oblivion.


Before diving into the end credits scene, it’s worth taking a look at what happened before then.

Not all characters from the third season premiere made it to the finale.

By episode nine, only a few remained alive: Reginald; Luther (Tom Hopper), Diego (David Castañeda), Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman), Klaus (Robert Sheehan), Five (Aidan Gallagher), and Viktor Hargeeves (Elliot Page); Lilac (Ritu Arya); and Sparrow Academy members Ben (Justin H. Min) and Sloane (Genesis Rodriguez).

Reginald revealed that he had a plan to stop the end of the universe, through a portal around which he built the Obsidian Hotel.

But near the end of episode nine, Reginald, who was previously revealed to be an alien, murdered Luther and used his death as a way to rally the team and convince them to go through the mysterious portal.

Just as they all began to travel down the tunnel, Reginald closed the door on Klaus, preventing him from joining.

“You did a good job bringing me back into the family fold,” Reginald told him. “You’re just more trouble than you’re worth.”

With Klaus left behind and the Kugelblitz about to finish him off, he threw his body against the horn of the white buffalo mounted on the road and killed himself.

The ending continued with the rest of the characters entering Hotel Oblivion. Klaus was successfully resurrected using his powers and ended up in the hotel as well.

The hotel was revealed to be a machine in another dimension.

After fighting and destroying several of the hotel’s formidable guardians, Five discovered that the stealth, the key to resetting the universe, was on the hotel floor. Reginald instructed the characters (minus Allison, with whom he made a deal) to stand on each of the seven stars on the ground. Then, the particles from their bodies that gave them powers began to be sucked out of their bodies.

To prevent Reginald from killing them, Allison grabbed a scythe and cut off his robotic head. Then she pressed a button and everything went black.

Characters seen in the season three finale of

The Hargreeves and Lila no longer have their powers.


The next scene showed Allison reunited with her daughter Claire from the original timeline, as well as her husband Raymon Chestnut, whom she met in Dallas in the ’60s and died at 82.

The rest of the crew, minus Sloane, stepped out of an elevator into a whole new world.

In addition to Luther being alive again, all of the group’s injuries previously sustained at Hotel Oblivion are gone. But the most remarkable thing is that none of them already had the powers of him.

As the group disbanded to pursue their own lives, the camera panned across the skyline, filled with buildings bearing the Hargreeves name, implying that Reginald is the most powerful person in this new universe. And his late wife, Abigail, is very much alive and by her side now.

The end credits scene showed Ben on a train in South Korea.

Justin H. Min as Ben in the season three finale of

Justin H. Min as Ben in the third season of “The Umbrella Academy.”


The scene showed Ben in a suit and glasses on a subway train with other passengers. His hair was neatly parted to the side and slicked back, a bit like the way the Umbrella Academy version of Ben wore his hair.

He did not speak, but was seen reading an unidentified book as the announcer said, “This train is headed for Yeouido Station.”

Looking up from his book and out the train window, a faint smile spread across Ben’s face.

There was also a QR code sticker next to Ben, which directs viewers to a real-life website where fans can download designs from Pogo’s tattoo shop.

The moment of the end credits was reminiscent of the opening scene of the third season premiere. In the scene, a schoolgirl on a train in Seoul on October 1, 1989 suddenly became pregnant and gave birth.

Reginald traveled to South Korea and, after negotiating with the family, adopted the baby along with six others who would become Sparrow Academy.

Two schoolchildren on a train in Seoul in the third season of

The third season of “The Umbrella Academy” began with a memory of Seoul, South Korea.


It is unclear exactly who the Ben is that appears in the end credits scene.

His demeanor seemed calmer than the arrogant Ben from Sparrow Academy. But still, it could be Ben from Sparrow Academy, looking for his birth mother, who was presumably the woman he gave birth to in the season three premiere.

Another possibility is that he’s the lovable Ben from the Umbrella Academy, perhaps resurrected when the universe was reset. Or he could be another version of Ben that fans don’t know about yet.

Season three also included mentions of the Umbrella Academy’s Ben dying during the “Jennifer incident,” but the details of his death have yet to be addressed head-on.

If “The Umbrella Academy” is renewed for a fourth season, an explanation of the end credits scene will presumably be included.

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