The second season of popular TV shows, like sophomore albums, have plenty to live up to. Expectations are raised, character evolution becomes a prerequisite, and payoffs from previous seasonal plot threads are demanded by passionate fans.

The success of The Umbrella Academy season 1 – with 45 million viewers in its first month – increased the stakes ahead of its second season. Netflix’s adaptation of Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba’s dark comedy superhero series needed to build on that success while also staying true to its comic roots. 



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