Interview: Steve Blackman talks ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 2 Spoilers & More
Season 2 of The Umbrella Academy is finally here! Coming off of a highly successful freshman season, showrunner Steve Blackman, and co-EP’s Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá are back with another season.
The series picks up right where the season 1 finale ended. If you haven’t watched season one, I highly recommend you do that before you continue reading. Five (Aidan Gallagher) warned his family that using his powers to escape from Vanya’s 2019 apocalypse was risky. Well, he was right – the time jump scatters the siblings in time in and around Dallas, Texas. Over a three-year period, starting in 1960.
Some, having been stuck in the past for years, have built lives and moved on, certain they’re the only ones who survived. Five is the last to land, smack dab in the middle of a nuclear doomsday, which – spoiler alert! – turns out is a result of the group’s disruption of the timeline (déjà vu, anyone?).Now the Umbrella Academy must find a way to reunite, figure out what caused doomsday, put a stop to it, and return to the present timeline to stop that other apocalypse. All while being hunted by a trio of ruthless Swedish assassins. But seriously, no pressure or anything.
In anticipation of the new season, I had the chance to sit down with the cast of the show and showrunner Steve Blackman to talk about season 2. During our conversation, he spoke about adapting Gerard Way’s ‘The Umbrella Academy: Dallas’ graphic novel and what he did differently from the original story. We also talked about the newest character of the show, Lila (Ritu Arya), and how she changes the dynamic of the show. We did discuss some spoilers as well!
Season 2 of The Umbrella Academy premieres on July 31!
Check out the interview below:
About Steve Blackman
WGA Award-winner Steve Blackman is currently the showrunner, creator, writer and executive
producer of Netflix’s THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY. The fan favorite series was watched by 45 million
households in its first four weeks of release and was ranked third on the list of Netflix’s most popular
series releases of 2019, which was one of only three series to crack Netflix’s overall Top 10 list of its
most popular 2019 releases. Recently, Blackman signed a multi-year deal with Netflix, where he will
write and produce other series and projects exclusively for Netflix through his production company,
Borderline Entertainment. Blackman was nominated for a Producers Guild Award and Emmy Award for
the critically acclaimed series FARGO, which he wrote and co-executive produced. Additional credits
include ALTERED CARBON, THE OUTSIDERS, PRIVATE PRACTICE, NYPD BLUE and LEGION.
On the same day in 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by a billionaire who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world. Now, the six surviving members reunite upon the news of their father’s passing and must work together to solve a mystery surrounding his death.
But the estranged family begins to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities, not to mention the imminent threat of a global apocalypse. The Umbrella Academy is based on the comic book series created and written by Gerard Way, illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics. The show is produced by Universal Cable Productions for Netflix, with Steve Blackman serving as executive producer and showrunner, and additional EPs Jeff F. King, Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg, Gerard Way, and Gabriel Bá.