The series, which is inspired by the comic books of the same name, follows a dysfunctional family of superheroes who spend the entire first season trying to prevent the apocalypse. However, their attempts backfire in the first season's finale, as they accidentally wind up causing the apocalypse when they shatter the moon, sending countless asteroids down to Earth's surface and obliterating the planet. In order to save themselves — and hopefully save the world — the siblings travel back in time to rewrite history.
It's quite the cliffhanger to leave fans on, so here's everything we know about Season 2 so far.
It will likely premiere in 2020: Production on the 10-episode second season will begin in in summer 2019, so it's unlikely we'll get the new episodes until 2020. Given that Season 1 debuted on Netflix in mid-February, for now we'll assume Season 2 will likely follow suit and premiere winter 2020.
All the Hargreeves siblings will return: Along with the renewal news, Netflix announced that Ellen Page (Vanya), Tom Hopper (Luther), David Castañeda (Diego), Emmy Raver-Lampman (Allison), Robert Sheehan (Klaus), Aidan Gallagher (Five), and Justin Min (Ben) will reprise their roles for Season 2.
Not everyone will necessarily be back: While the seven Hargreeves kids will return, there were some noticeable names missing from the announcement, including Colm Feore, who played their late father Sir Reginald Hargreeves. On the villain end of the spectrum, Kate Walsh (The Handler), Mary J. Blige (Cha-Cha), and Cameron Britton (Hazel) were also absent from the role reprisal news. But given that the first season ended in time travel, we wouldn't be shocked if some of the Big Bads — yes, even the ones who were killed — returned in some capacity.
There are some new faces joining the cast: In September, Netflix announced that Rita Arya, Yusuf Gatewood, and Marin Ireland will appear in Season 2 of the superhero drama. Arya will play Lila, a mischief-maker with a twisted sense of humor and the ability to adapt to any situation. Gatewood will appear as Raymond, a devoted husband and natural leader. Ireland will star as Sissy, a no-nonsense Texas mom who is ready to explore life and love after an ill-advised marriage. None of the characters are taken from the Umbrella Academy comics, so it will be interesting to see how they factor into the story ahead.
The Umbrella Academy might be traveling back to the '60s. Season 1 was largely inspired by the first volume of Umbrella Academy comics, so we're betting Season 2 will draw a lot upon the second volume, Dallas. In this storyline, the Umbrella Academy travel back in time, where some of them are trying to assassinate President John F. Kennedy and some of them are trying to prevent the assassination. Dallas is also where the comics introduce Vietnam (although it's incredibly different in the series), so this could also provide an opportunity to learn more about Klaus' time there.
Vanya will almost definitely get the help she needs: After she fell victim to her own powers, Vanya pretty much went full-on supervillain once her siblings showed up to try to prevent her from destroying the world. They were able to knock her unconscious and decided to travel back in time to try to "fix" her. When we spoke with the cast in February 2018, they said that Vanya definitely can be fixed. "I think she just needs time to sort herself out and figure out what it is she can do," Emmy Raver-Lampman said. But even if Vanya gets the help she needs, that doesn't necessarily mean all her siblings will forgive her right away for turning against them.
We might get to meet more of the magically conceived babies: The seven children Hargreeves adopted were only a small percentage of the 43 babies who were born on that October day in 1989. When we previously asked showrunner Steve Blackman and comics author Gerard Way whether we'd see any of the other kids, they coyly said that it was a really good question that they couldn't answer. That is definitely not a no, so we're hoping we'll get to meet some other super-powered people in Season 2!
Klaus will explore more of his potential: Klaus only began to scratch the surface of what he's capable of in the first season, an exploration which culminated in him making the ghost of Ben corporeal enough to interact with the physical world and help fight off The Commission. When asked about Klaus' abilities, Sheehan previously teased that "there's bound to be more stuff to discover," so get ready for an even more powerful Klaus moving forward.
We'll learn more of Hargreeves' mysterious origin story: We got a glimpse of Hargreeves' past in Season 1, which seemed to confirm that he's an extra-terrestrial who came to Earth after leaving his dying wife behind. Showrunner Steve Blackman did confirm to us that we'll learn more about who Hargreeves is in a future season, so let's just hope he meant Season 2 because we can't wait much longer for answers.
The Umbrella Academy is available to stream on Netflix.