The Umbrella Academy Is Dominating Netflix. But Will It Return for Season 4?

Series showrunner and creator Steve Blackman said the next season "would be a great ending for the run of the show."

After somewhat of a lull in its release schedule, Netflix has two of its blockbuster series in full swing: Stranger Things, which debuts the final volume of its fourth season this Friday, and The Umbrella Academy, which dropped its brilliant third season last week.

We'll keep spoilers to a minimum here, for anyone catching up on the hours (and hours, and hours) of TV to be consumed. Of course, though, we already know that Stranger Things will call it quits after Season 5. But what about The Umbrella Academy? We have some good and bad news on that front. Series showrunner and creator Steve Blackman recently told TheWrap that he pitched Season 4 to Netflix, but it hasn't officially received a green light. That's the good news. The bad? Season 4 might be The Umbrella Academy's last.

"I think inevitably if we got a Season 4, it’s going towards an endgame,” Blackman said. “I think at a certain point, I’m not sure where we’d go after Season 4. We have to be careful. My plan for next year is not to continually tread on the same ground we have before. It’s a challenge to come up with a new way to subvert this storyline, and I think we have an idea how to do that. But I think if we got to Season Four, it would be a great ending for the run of the show. I’m not saying I couldn’t do more, but you know, I think that would be very satisfying for the audience, four seasons.”

Blackman later shared that he always "knew in my head what I thought the first four seasons are," and said that he'd be open to dreaming up another season's worth of super-powered action if "we’re so lucky to have more of that." Interestingly enough, as far as Season Four's story goes, it seems as if Blackman wants to strip our friends of their powers. “I want to pose to the viewer and the fan, ‘Would they be happier without their powers?’ I mean, all they do is complain about being who they are,” he said.

Are you prepared for a season of The Umbrella Academy that's light on superpowers? As long as the series keeps pushing forward, we'll take anything we can get. In the meantime, why not relive this season's "Footloose" dance battle?

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