With lots of new additions to juggle with in the latest season, it may be difficult to retain all the information offered in seasons 1 and 2 of The Umbrella Academy.
Created by Steve Blackman and adapted from Gerard Way’s comic book series of the same name, the American superhero series swiftly impressed when it debuted on Netflix in 2019.
Whether you’re familiar with the source material or not, there was plenty to admire about this energetic sub-genre offering.
Fortunately, the Dark Horse Comics adaptation is back for season 3 and all ten episodes dropped on the platform on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.
Audiences will be called on to remember some vital information from the previous season to understand this one. With that in mind, who is Harlan in The Umbrella Academy?
Who is Harlan in The Umbrella Academy?
***WARNING: SEASON 2 SPOILERS***
Casting our minds back to the whirlwind that was season 2, we’re reminded the Heargreeves were whisked away to the 1960s, where Viktor – grappling with severe memory loss – was holed up at a farm.
He soon begins to take a liking to Sissy Cooper, who has a son named Harlan with her abusive husband Carl. Serving as a parental figure, Viktor takes young Harlan under his wing; We Got This Covered notes Harlan has non-verbal autism.
Fast forward to a pivotal moment in the season. Harlan runs away and drowns in a lake but Viktor arrives and levitates the water to retrieve him. While performing CPR, he unexpectedly bestows some of his powers on Harlan.
Not only that but the act also creates a link between the two parties. It’s shown they share pain and Harlan’s abilities include everything from flight to telekinesis.
Approaching a conclusion to the season, the finale sees Viktor grow concerned something awful has happened at the farm so he and the team arrive to find Harlan struggling to control his abilities.
With The Handler and Lila looking to manipulate him for their own means, Viktor ultimately decides to take Harlan’s powers back. However, the finale also reveals he was unsuccessful, as Harlan exhibits powers of levitation after they leave.
***WARNING: SEASON 3 SPOILERS AHEAD***
Where is Harlan in The Umbrella Academy season 3?
In season 3 we’re reunited with Harlan in the present and, inevitably, he’s now an old man.
He’s spotted keeping his eyes peeled on the Hargreeves in the earlier instalments of the season but eventually reveals his identity to the others in episode 4.
Displaying his immense power, he arrives at the Obsidian Hotel when the Sparrows are there and unleashes his energy on them. With death and destruction breaching the new home, Harlan comes to realise this mysterious figure is Harlan.
Unsettling history revealed
When the pair do talk, Harlan recaps his life and explains his powers persisted throughout the years and caused a rift between him and others, including his own mother.
It turns out he can detect when those with powers are near; a painful experience each time. However, the real kicker comes when we learn he was actually responsible for the deaths of The Umbrella Academy’s mothers. This was the result of a failed attempt to connect to Viktor, as he instead communicated with the mothers and failed to sever ties without fatalities.
This occurred after Sissy’s death, leaving Harlan more isolated and disturbed by his own powers than ever.
The Umbrella Academy is streaming exclusively on Netflix.
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