The Umbrella Academy season 4: Everything we know about the Netflix show's return

Tom Hopper and Elliot Page in The Umbrella Academy season 3
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The Umbrella Academy season 4 is now in production. A photo shared by showrunner Steve Blackman shows all our favorite cast members back for a table read, so it looks like we can definitely expect the return of all the Hargreeves siblings, as well as Ritu Arya's Lila. We also know that the fourth and final season of the hit Netflix show will only have six episodes instead of the usual 10, so let's hope that's enough time to tie up all the loose ends for the gang of superpowered (or not, after the season 3 finale…) siblings.

We've got your complete guide to The Umbrella Academy season 4 below, including our best predictions for a release date and a recap of The Umbrella Academy season 3. For more on the show's past seasons, be sure to check out our guides to season 3's ending explained and post-credits scene explained.

The Umbrella Academy season 4 release date

Justin H. Min as Ben Hargreeves in The Umbrella Academy season 3

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The Umbrella Academy season 4 has now been confirmed by Netflix, but there's no release date yet. However, we can make a prediction – there was a gap of just under two years between season 2 and season 3, and a break of around a year and a half between season 1 and season 2. Season 3 was released in June 2022, so that means we could expect new episodes to arrive sometime between December 2023 and June 2024. Production is now underway, too, so we're one step closer to release.

The Umbrella Academy season 4 plot 

Emmy Raver-Lampman, David Castañeda, and Robert Sheehan in The Umbrella Academy season 3

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It's hard to tell what The Umbrella Academy season 4 will have in store without a trailer or synopsis, but the way season 3 wrapped up gives us a pretty good idea of potential plot points. We also know it's the show's final season, so we'll hopefully get a lot of answers. Plus, showrunner Steve Blackman has confirmed (opens in new tab) that season 4 will only have six episodes (rather than 10, like the previous three seasons).

We'll see the repercussions of the Hargreeves resetting the universe in the season 3 finale, for one thing. Plus, the mid-credits scene makes it seem like Umbrella Ben is back, but Sparrow Ben is still in the picture, too, which complicates matters. Maybe we'll even find out some more about how Umbrella Ben died. Reginald's late wife Abigail is seemingly back from the dead, too, while Luther is looking for Sloane, who was missing at the end of season 3.

We're likely to learn the terms of the deal Reginald made with Allison – Ray, the man she was married to in 1963, appears in the present day at the end of season 3, so we can assume this has something to do with it, and we may find out how Reginald was able to make this happen. Oh, and we can pretty confidently guess that there'll be some kind of world-ending event on the horizon, too. 

Showrunner Steve Blackman revealed that the season premiere will be titled 'The Unbearable Tragedy of Getting What You Want' after he posted a photo of the front page of the script on Instagram (opens in new tab) with the caption "And so it begins… one last time."

The Umbrella Academy season 4 cast

The Hargreeves siblings in The Umbrella Academy season 3

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An image posted by showrunner Steve Blackman to mark the start of production showed several cast members at a table read, which is pretty much confirmation that they're returning for round four. The photo shows Elliot Page (Viktor), Tom Hopper (Luther), David Castañeda (Diego), Emmy Raver-Lampman (Allison), Robert Sheehan (Klaus), Aidan Gallagher (Five),  Justin H. Min, and Ritu Arya (Lila).

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No one else's return has been confirmed yet, but it seems likely that Colm Feore will be back as Reginald Hargreeves, while the season 3 finale made it seem like Reginald's late wife Abigail was back from the dead – she was played by Liisa Repo-Martell in her brief season 1 appearance. Yusuf Gatewood could also be back in the picture as Ray, Alison's husband from 1963. And then there's Genesis Rodriguez, who plays Sloane, one of the remaining Sparrows along with Ben – she went missing at the end of season 3, so it remains to be seen whether she's still alive and if she'll be back for season 4.

That's all there is to know on The Umbrella Academy season 4. While we wait for the show to return, check out our list of the best Netflix shows available to stream right now.

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