Please, Let The Umbrella Academy Season 3 Mid-Credit Scene Imply What I Assume It Does

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Ben Hargreeves is worthy of adoration in all his myriad varieties, but it surely’d be dishonest to say season 3 of The Umbrella Academy felt complete with out the OG. The as soon as and future Ben (Justin H. Min) was typically the kindest and most extremely regarded of the Hargreeves youngsters; in any case, it was his dying as a toddler that in the end fractured the household. To see Ben’s attribute allure changed by brooding self-seriousness in season 3 felt nearly too tragic to bear.

However alas, a tiny flicker of hope emerges. At the end of 2020’s season 2, audiences thought we’d stated goodbye to the unique, beloved model of Ben, who existed in a lot of TUA’s sophomore chapter as a ghost, given his brother Klaus’s (Robert Sheehan) restricted capability to commune with the lifeless. After possessing Klaus’s physique, OG Ben had realized he may take part in small interactions with the realm of the dwelling, a expertise he later used to rescue his sibling Viktor (Elliot Web page) from initiating one other apocalypse. However invading Viktor’s thoughts and comforting his wounded sibling got here at a price: Ben’s ethereal kind started to deteriorate as a result of Viktor’s energy. Hugging Viktor as he disintegrates, Ben tells him, “I died 17 years in the past. All the remainder of this, these years with Klaus, it’s all been gravy. Not less than this time I get to say goodbye.”

Broadly thought-about some of the heartbreaking moments in an in any other case irreverent collection, Ben’s loss was made all of the extra gut-wrenching when he returned throughout the season finale—however not because the Ben everybody as soon as knew. After the Hargreeves youngsters teleported again from Nineteen Sixties Dallas to the current day within the season 2 finale, they entered Umbrella Academy HQ solely to find one other troupe of super-heroic kids dwelling there: the Sparrow Academy. And, lo and behold, who’s amongst them? Ben, however with totally different hair and a everlasting curl of disgust on his lip.

In season 3, followers lastly bought a better have a look at Sparrow Ben, a far cry from the delicate soul of seasons prior. Sparrow Ben is crass, egocentric, and insecure—or, to place it because the Umbrellas would, an asshole. Determined for his father’s approval, he considers it virtually a web acquire when his brother, Marcus, dies. (With Quantity One out of the way in which, Sparrow Ben can assume a place as chief. Too unhealthy he’s horrible at it.) Mercifully, Justin H. Min can rework even a personality with the charisma of a tree stump into somebody price rooting for. By the point the season 3 finale arrived, Sparrow Ben was nonetheless terrible, however at the least he may belong at Luther’s bachelor social gathering.

Sparrow Ben slowly embracing his capability for human emotion did nothing to minimize the delight of what got here subsequent. After the digicam reduce to black and the credit pronounced season 3’s finish, a mid-credits scene took up the reins—and sparked hypothesis that the outdated Ben may be again for good.

In the course of the aforementioned scene, the digicam pans up from the ground of what seems to be a subway automobile in Korea. Sitting on one of many benches is Ben, studying a e book and carrying a go well with and glasses. Our solely clue that this may be OG Ben? When he glances up, he seems to be out the window and provides a slight, candy smile, one thing we are able to safely assume Sparrow Ben would by no means do.

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Is it potential this Ben may merely be one other Ben copy, a model neither Sparrow nor OG? Actually. However given OG Ben’s reputation amongst followers, coupled with the truth that the Umbrella and Sparrow Academies have simply reset the universe, it appears potential that OG Ben is alive as soon as extra. Downside is, this new OG Ben would don’t have any data of his Hargreeves household; he seems to nonetheless stay in Korea, the place he was born. That might imply Sir Reginald Hargreeves by no means adopted him, and maybe the Umbrella and Sparrow Academies by no means existed. If he’s to play a role in season 4—and we are able to anticipate he’ll—it won’t be because the Ben we acknowledge from seasons 1 and a couple of.

And but. If we get to see that smile yet one more time? I’ll take all of the Bens I can get, OG or in any other case.

Lauren Puckett-Pope
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