The hit Netflix show The Umbrella Academy is back, but it’s left fans asking just how many babies were actually born in the shows as season 3 seems to tell the story a little differently.
On June 22 the Hargreeves children (in want for a better word) hit the ground running once again, but the world they came back to is not one as they know it and it’s not one the fans have come to love and know either.
The six Hargreeves land back in 2019, after their second stint fighting off the end of the world in 1963, and come face-to-face with the ‘Sparrow Academy’ seven ‘kids’ at the end of season 2, which is where season 3 picks up – except any observant fan will have noticed the beginning of season 3 told a slightly different story to the beginning of season 1.
WARNING: contains spoilers from The Umbrella Academy season 3
How many babies were born in the Umbrella Academy?
In season 1 episode 1 of the show, the very beginning tells the tale of the babies all born magically on the same day around the world to women who weren’t pregnant – which, yes, came as a shock. The OG voiceover explained that 43 babies were born on the 12th hour of 1 October 1989.
It then explains Sir Reginald Hargreeves manages to buy and adopt seven of these children and would go on to raise them, utilise their powers and call them ‘The Umbrella Academy’.
The original seven are Luther (No. 1), Diego (No. 2), Allison (No. 3), Klaus (No. 4), Five (No. 5), Ben (No. 6), and Viktor (No. 7).
However, fast-forward to the beginning of season 3 episode 1 and the voiceover tells a slightly different tale. This time instead of saying 43 babies were born, the voiceover only says 16 babies were born.
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After meeting his six children – Ben is dead in the Umbrella timeline after all – in 1963, Hargreeves had decided to adopt seven different babies after being ‘disappointed’ by his six original adoptive children – ouch.
So in the Sparrow timeline, he adopted: Marcus (No. 1), Ben (No. 2, Fei (No. 3), Alphonso (No. 4), Sloane (No. 5), Jayme (No. 6), and Christopher (No. 7).
But, deciding to adopt seven different babies wouldn’t change the timeline to make the number of babies born decrease, so why did it change from 43 to 16?
Why did the number of babies born in Umbrella Academy change?
This is all explained in episode 4. When Viktor accidentally gave some of his powers to Harlan Cooper in season 2 when he saved his life, he failed to take them away in that season finale.
Then when Harlan’s mother dies in 1989 he lets out a huge blast of his powers with his emotions. When he does he thinks he’s connected to Viktor and his siblings, but that wasn’t the case as they weren’t born yet so Harlan actually connects with the babies’ mothers, because the dad his mother, Sissy, died was none other than 1 October 1989.
When Harlan connects with the mothers he ends up accidentally killing the six Umbrella kids’ mothers leading to them never being born – it’s then pretty much assumed when he did he didn’t just kill six mothers, but 27 taking the total of those left down to 16.
Meaning there were only 16 babies born.