Will The Umbrella Academy season 4 be the show’s last?

The Umbrella Academy. Javon 'Wanna' Walton as Stan in The Umbrella Academy. Cr. Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix © 2022
The Umbrella Academy. Javon 'Wanna' Walton as Stan in The Umbrella Academy. Cr. Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix © 2022 /

The Umbrella Academy might have only returned recently for its third season, but fans are already eager for updates on the show’s future. As of writing this article on Aug. 25, 2022, Netflix has officially renewed the series for a fourth and final season. Earlier this summer, creator Steve Blackman shared ideas for The Umbrella Academy season 4, ideas that included the show’s ultimate ending.

Let’s face it, it’s not often that a Netflix series sticks around beyond three seasons, nonetheless four or five. But The Umbrella Academy does have a passionate fanbase and is one of Netflix’s more popular shows. Given that it had secured three seasons and left things on a cliffhanger in its most recent season, I don’t think Netflix was going to suddenly cancel the show. If anything, the streamer would announce a final season, which it now has.

Blackman has stated that he’s be okay with that. He spoke with TVLine recently about his plans for the series and said he pitched them The Umbrella Academy season 4 already, adding that, when he started show, he “really only knew the first four seasons.”

The Umbrella Academy season 4 status updates

Blackman’s plans are different that Gerard Way’s (who authored the comics on which the show is based). Apparently, Way has ideas to continue doing comics for much longer, even another decade. But even if the source material continues, Blackman says he has “what [he thinks] is an end to the TV show.”

"“Netflix may want more than that,” he adds, “but I have a sweet thought of where I think the show should end and where we’re going.”"

At the end of the show’s third season (SPOILER) all of the Hargreeves siblings lose their abilities (although maybe not Allison) after Sir Reginald basically resets the entire timeline and universe. It’s still unclear what this new world is like and whether any characters outside of the Hargreeves family have survived.

Regarding what fans can expect in a possible fourth season, Blackman told TVLine:

"“There are going to be repercussions, if we’re lucky enough to have a Season 4, of the incomplete programming of the universe. Someone asked me, ‘Why would [Reginald] leave the kids in such a bad place?’ I would argue that he thinks he might be leaving them in a good place. They’ve been complaining about their powers and who they are, and now he’s saying, ‘Look, you’re free. You don’t have powers anymore, there’s nothing holding you back. Live your lives.’ The audience gets to decide whether Hargreeves did a good or bad thing for them.”"

Blackman left the characters, and even this strange, “half-formed” universe in a precarious, interesting and potentially story-rich place by the end of season 3. I’m okay with The Umbrella Academy season 4 ending the show if it’s inline with Blackman’s plans for the series. What about you?

Following the show’s renewal, Blackman shared his excitement for the upcoming final season. Although he didn’t give too much information away about the plot or when to expect cameras to start rolling, but he hinted at an “amazing story” ahead for fans:

"“I’m so excited that the incredibly loyal fans of The Umbrella Academy will be able to experience the fitting end to the Hargreeves siblings’ journey we began five years ago. But before we get to that conclusion, we’ve got an amazing story ahead for season four, one that will have fans on the edge of their seats until the final minutes.”"

For more information about The Umbrella Academy season 4, including which cast members and characters we’ll be seeing back for the final season, check out our guide to everything you need to know about the fourth season.

Stay tuned to Netflix Life for news regarding The Umbrella Academy‘s future. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we know whether the show is canceled or renewed.

Watch The Umbrella Academy season 3 now on Netflix.

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FanSided Entertainment staff contributed to this report.