‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 1 Recap: Everything You Need to Remember Before Diving into Season 2

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The Umbrella Academy exposes us to a world of would-be superheroes, time-travelling assassins, and deep dark familial dysfunction set against the ticking clock of an imminent catastrophe. The first season of Netflix’s Umbrella Academy premiered in early 2019, and with season two 2 debuting tomorrow, you may be casting your mind back to the Before Times, anxiously trying to recall how the narrative of the super-powered, super-dysfunctional Hargreeves family unfolded. Read on to get a quick yet helpful recap of the first season with the ending explained.

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Every episode of The Umbrella Academy is deep, strange, and frequently purposefully perplexing. It blends genres, deconstructs traditional tale structure, and always strives to exceed your expectations. All of these qualities contribute to the show’s greatness, but they also mean that you’ll be excused if you find yourself scratching your head at the end of any given episode.

This is a complex journey, so unless you’ve seen it numerous times and are also well-versed in the original comics, there’s a good chance you’ve missed something. “I do believe an explanation of some type is owed,” the Handler replies.


The White Violin, the Season 1 conclusion, reveals that all of the Hargreeves siblings’ attempts to avert the catastrophe are actually the cause of the apocalypse. Vanya loses control in the penultimate episode of season 1 and slices Allison’s neck, rendering her mute, after years of repressing her abilities.

Luther, distraught, insists on putting Vanya in the basement cell, oblivious to the fact that this is exactly what Sir Reginald did to her when she was a child. Vanya is driven over the brink when all of her repressed trauma is re-triggered, and she changes into the White Violin, a strong, horrific new form that kills everything in her path.

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