‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 3: How is Ben Hargreeves still alive in Netflix series?

Season 2 of ‘The Umbrella Academy’ saw flashbacks of Ben Hargreeves mysteriously dying, making everyone feel sad. His death remains a mystery to all, and fans have made many guesses as to how the character could have died on the show. However, fans were stunned when they saw Ben alive in the season 3 trailer. According to the synopsis, ‘The Umbrella Academy’ season 3 takes place in a timeline that has been altered by the actions of the Hargreeves brothers in 1960s Dallas.

The new timeline sees the introduction of the Sparrow Academy, a group that is very different from the Umbrella Academy, and the person leading the group is none other than Ben Hargreeves. However, he is angrier than before and is ready to fight off the intruders. But the bigger question is how Ben survived in the new timeline.


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In the trailer, we saw The Umbrella Academy return to 2019 after saving the world from destruction. However, as soon as they return, they realize that they don’t belong here. Everything is changed at this moment. His house is now being used by strangers, Reginald is still alive and Ben is still alive. He is not only alive, but also leads the new group of superpowered humans.

Justin H. Min as Ben Hargreeves in ‘The Umbrella Academy’ (Netflix)

But what is most striking about the two teams is that Sparrow Academy seems to be more united than our team of heroes. Perhaps, that’s one of the reasons Ben is still alive in the new timeline. If he’s been watching the show from the beginning, then he knows that the Umbrella Academy was going through a rough patch. Ben died and Five made everything worse when it comes to dealing with family issues, so they never saw each other as a team.

On the other hand, it seems that the Sparrows go through everything together. They’ve been together through thick and thin, which makes us realize that the team never let anyone die, even when they were fighting some of the more evil stuff.

A still from ‘Umbrella Academy’ (Netflix)

Another reason is related to Ben’s powers. He was just any other member of the Umbrella Academy, but he is the leader of the Sparrows, which means he is more powerful than ever in the past. In the trailer, we see how all the members of Sparrow Academy treated him like a leader and even Reginald paid more attention to him than any other member. So his powers could also be one of the reasons Ben is still alive in this timeline.

It is still a mystery how Ben died, even in the original comics the creators never revealed how he died. However, Reginald has always blamed the Umbrella Academy for Ben’s death. Many people feel that it was never the Umbrella Academy’s fault and blamed Reginald for Ben’s death because he made him a member of the Academy even when he wasn’t fully prepared.

Sparrow Academy (Netflix)

We will be very happy if ‘The Umbrella Academy’ season 3 gives some answers about how he died and also how he managed to become the leader of the Sparrow Academy.

Season 3 of ‘The Umbrella Academy’ will premiere exclusively on Netflix on Wednesday, June 22.

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