Completed 3rd season of bingingon netflix? It was another round of saving the world, but this time the approach—and the stakes—were a little different. The Hargreeves siblings seem to be successful in preventing the entire universe from collapsing. But the results? They are understandably complex.
Here’s where things stand after the Hargreeves’ battle with the rival Sparrow Academy, a universe-destroying black hole, and the evil warriors known as the Guardians. Did they successfully reset the universe or just make things worse? Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty details.
What is Kugelblitz (and how do you spell it)?
You’ll find a full explanation of this season’s equivalent of a major negative in Episode 5 (not counting the initial antagonism from Sparrow Academy and the Guardian trio at the end). In short, the Kugelblitz – what looks like an orange ball of energy – randomly collapses matter across time and space until all existence goes black. This black hole is the universe’s answer to the Grandfather Paradox, created by Harlan, Sissy’s super-powered son.
In Season 2, Viktor met Sissy in Dallas in 1963 and the pair fell in love. While saving Harlan from drowning, Viktor accidentally gave him some of his powers. In the Season 2 finale, Viktor believed he saved Harlan from the explosion by absorbing his powers, but the altered Harlan retained them for the rest of his life.
On October 1, 1989, Sissy died of cancer, the same day that the Hargreeves siblings were all inexplicably born. Harlan’s grief brought him together with Viktor, whom he had always wished would return to them. This connection caused Harlan to release an energy blast that found the closest connection to Viktor at the time: his mother. Harlan accidentally killed her along with the mothers of the other Hargreeves siblings. This resulted in the Grandfather Paradox – in this altered timeline, the siblings were never born. When they jump forward in time from the 1960s, they land in an altered year of 2019, where their past has been erased and Sparrow Academy is the main superhero show in town.
Luther and Klaus are sacrificed (but that doesn’t stop them)
Oh, Father Reginald. You seemed to have changed your ways (thanks to Pogo from Sparrow Academy secretly drugging you to become more obedient), but no! The adoptive father of the Hargreeves (and the Sparrows) gave Klaus hope that he would treat his siblings with more love and care. In Season 2, he literally revealed a new layer: Beneath that austere exterior lies a lizard-like blue alien.
In the penultimate episode of Season 3, we see that this alien has an arm as sharp as a blade, which he uses to stab Luther to death. It’s part of a tactic he used earlier to bring the siblings together. Then, when Kugelblitz swarms Hotel Obsidian (later revealed to be Hotel Oblivion), he sacrifices Klaus and closes the door on him as the remaining seven siblings escape. So Much for Changing His Ways: Cold Reginald only cares about the right number of siblings he needs to reset the universe.
Fortunately, after some coaxing, Klaus returns from the afterlife to save the siblings in a battle with the Rangers, and uses his powers to briefly summon Luther at the perfect moment to save the day.
Lila is pregnant – for real this time
When Lila drops Stanley off at Diego’s doorstep, we see Diego grow and eventually embrace and care for his newfound son. Only later does Lila reveal that Stanley is not actually his son, but her mate Trudy (unfortunately, Stan ends up being Kugelblitzed). She “borrowed” him to test Diego to see if he would be able to take care of his real son. That’s right – Lila is currently pregnant with Diego’s unborn son, who they can only save if they defeat the Guardians and reset the universe.
Allison becomes a tramp for once
Allison has been losing patience with being the nice one this season, especially after the racial discrimination she suffered during the American civil rights movement of the 1960s. After losing her husband Raymond Chestnut in the past, she discovers that her daughter Claire no longer exists in the altered present. Fed up with the hand she’s been dealt, she leans into the full extent of her powers and discovers (with the help of Harlan’s residual energy) that she can influence people without having to say, “I heard a rumor . . .”
She takes another step out of character by making a deal with Reginald to do whatever it takes to bring Claire (and potentially Raymond) back. These are primarily attempts to convince the other siblings to fight the dangerous Guardians and reset the universe.
Seven bells to restore the universe
This time, all it takes to save the world is for one of the siblings to literally press the reset button. In the lobby of Hotel Obsidian – later revealed to be Hotel Oblivion, a giant machine built by whoever created the universe – seven stars can be seen across the floor. The seven remaining siblings, except for Allison, stand on these “bells” to create sigils that use the particles inside their bodies as fuel. Meanwhile, Reginald appears to be altering the machine’s settings, which could explain why the universe isn’t resetting to the expected norm. To prevent the siblings from being exhausted to death, Allison kills Reginald and then decides to press the big red reset button.
What the hell happened to everyone?
With the universe back to “normal”, Allison gets exactly what she wanted: Claire and, inexplicably, Raymond. Is this just a figment of her imagination? She communicated with him when she was under a lot of stress before. Or did he actually travel to 2019 from 1963?
Luther returns, but he’s also not the same – he’s no longer part ape. None of the siblings have their powers anymore. One thing doesn’t change: Ben is still the sparrow version of Sparrow. Luther desperately runs to find his love Sloane, who might still exist somewhere in the reset world, just not as part of Sparrow Academy. The rest of the siblings go their separate ways.
Reginald also gets what he wanted. They seem to own every high-rise in town, all brandishing the Hargreeves name. In a Tony Stark-like tower, marked by the giant letters “HE” (or “H” and three horizontal lines floating parallel to each other), old Reg looks down on the city with the same ethereal woman revealed to be living on the moon in a restricted area in at the same time Luther was Her name is Abigail Hargreeves, and according to the label on her cryogenic tube, she was dead. Reginald told Luther that his mission to the moon was for the purpose of “guarding the most precious thing in the universe”. The way Reggie and Abigail look at each other lovingly suggests that they are a part.
Who is Abigail Hargreeves?
Surprisingly, Abigail Hargeeves was not introduced for the first time until the beginning of the season 1 finale. The mysterious scene takes place “a long time ago” on what appears to be a farm on another planet, where several rockets launch into the sky. It suggests that Abigail and Reginald are married – and both aliens. On her deathbed, Abigail asks Reginald to take her violin with him and give it to someone else to cherish (of course, Viktor ends up being the recipient). “The world needs you, Reggie,” he says. Did Reginald and Abigail’s planet die? Was Reginald’s plan all along to create The Umbrella Academy and use his children as the power source for the universe reset machine to bring Abigail and their home planet back? Maybe Season 4 will have those answers.
That mid credit scene
Season 3 isn’t done teasing the future – in the mid-credits scene, we jump to South Korea, the camera pans around the train until a familiar face appears. Another Ben! This one looks super suave, wearing a trim suit and reading a book as he travels to Yeouido Station in Seoul. So in this reset universe there is not one, but two Bens.
Wait, back up. Five is the founder of the Commission?
Surprisingly, one of this season’s biggest revelations doesn’t seem too concerning towards the end. In episode 4, Five meets his future self in the Grandfather Paradox Commission bunker belonging to the founder. That’s right — Five was the founder of the Commission all along! The company that caused him so much trouble was his own creation. Judging by one of the Old Five’s arms and the sigil tattoo, this version of the Five appears to be from the timeline where the Hargreeves stopped Reginald before he reset the universe. Will we get confirmation of what exactly happened in this timeline? Maybe if Season 4 has enough time to explain…
What’s in store for season 4?
Season 4 hasn’t been officially greenlit by Netflix yet, but creator and showrunner Steve Blackman has ideas for what could come next. Unfortunately, it sounds like season 4 will be the last.
“I think inevitably if we have a season 4, it’s coming to an end,” Blackman told TheWrap. “I think at some point I’m not sure where we’d go after Season 4. We have to be careful. My plan for next year is not to keep treading the same ground as we’ve had before. It’s a challenge to come up with a new way to disrupt this story, and I think we have an idea of how to do that.”
“But I think if we got to Season 4, it would be a great ending to the whole show. I’m not saying I couldn’t do more, but you know, I think it would be very satisfying for the audience.” , four seasons.”
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