‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 4 Netflix Release Date Estimate & What to Expect

Netflix has renewed 'The Umbrella Academy' for a fourth and final season.

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Renewed for a fourth and final season, the Hargreeves family of The Umbrella Academy will return to our screens sometime in 2024. Filming is scheduled to begin in February, as the cast prepares for the final outing. We’re keeping track of everything you will need to know about the fourth and final season of The Umbrella Academy, including, cast news, production updates, trailers, and the Netflix release date.

The Umbrella Academy is a Netflix Original superhero-comedy-drama series created by Steve Blackman, developed by Jeremy Slater, and based on the comics of the same name by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá.

The series first debuted in February 2019 with the most recent season dropping in June 2022.


Has The Umbrella Academy been renewed for season 4?

Official Netflix Renewal Status: Renewed (Last Updated: 26/08/2022)

It took a little longer than expected, but Netflix confirmed the renewal of The Umbrella Academy on Twitter. The renewal ultimately was bittersweet, given that the show would also be the final season.

Showrunner Steve Blackman speaking about the renewal, said:

“I’m so excited that the incredibly loyal fans of The Umbrella Academy will be able to experience the fitting end to the Hargreeves siblings’ journey we began five years ago. But before we get to that conclusion, we’ve got an amazing story ahead for season four, one that will have fans on the edge of their seats until the final minutes.”


Season 4 of The Umbrella Academy Will Consist of 6 Episodes

In December 2022, rumors began flying around the final season would consist of a smaller number of episodes than seasons prior. On December 14th, Steve Blackman confirmed on Twitter that it would consist of six episodes adding that they’ll be “amazing.”

Here’s a breakdown of the episode writers, directors, and episode titles that we have so far:

  • Episode 401 – The Unbearable Tragedy of Getting What You Want – Written by Steve Blackman and Jesse McKeown

Jeremy Webb is confirmed to direct for season 4.

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Script cover for The Umbrella Academy season 4, episode 1


How well has The Umbrella Academy season 3 performed on Netflix?

Netflix themselves have offered us direct viewing hours number via their global top 10 site. Every week, they publish 40 numbers with viewing hours for the most-watched shows and movies.

Here’s how its hourly viewing figures break down per week:

Week Period Hours Viewed(M) Rank Week in Top 10
June 19th, 2022 to June 26th, 2022 124,530,000 1 1
June 26th, 2022 to July 3rd, 2022 87,980,000 (-29%) 2 2
July 3rd, 2022 to July 10th, 2022 43,840,000 (-50%) 3 3
July 10th, 2022 to July 17th, 2022 27,250,000 (-38%) 7 4
July 17th, 2022 to July 24th, 2022 18,250,000 (-33%) 10 5

We should also note that some of the earlier seasons have also seen a bump in viewership with the release of season 3 of The Umbrella Academy. The show’s seasons 1 and 2 have featured in the hourly top 10s.

Season 2 notably scored 34.53M hours viewed between June 26th through July 10th. Season 1 had the biggest rise in viewership scoring 78.25M hours viewed between June 19th and July 10th. We don’t know how many of these viewing hours are fresh viewers vs people rewatching the first two seasons. Either way, viewership being spread back to the early seasons is always a good sign.

TelevisionStats.com, which tracks the popularity of shows using demand metrics such as Google, IMDb, Reddit, Wikipedia, and Twitter, has the show as the third most popular in the world 3 weeks following its release.

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The Umbrella Academy popularity 3 weeks after release – Picture: TelevisionStats.com

Raw top 10 data compiled by FlixPatrol shows that the show has been steady in its popularity around the world and is most popular in Europe, particularly in Eastern Europe.

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What to expect from The Umbrella Academy season 4

The world’s best worst father

Sir Reginald Hargreeves is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the worst fathers in the known universe. Simply a means to a selfish end, Reginald’s only reason for the adoption of the children of the Umbrella Academy and Sparrow Academy was so that he could reset the universe in his image, and be reunited with his dead wife, Abigail.

Once his children realize that he’s alive, we can expect a less than a civil visit from the Hargreeves family. We still don’t know the full extent of what Reginald’s universe reset means for his children, but in true Reginald fashion, we expect they’ve been screwed over again.

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Reginald and Abigail reunited at last, but at what cost? – Picture. Netflix

A life without powers

With the removal of their powers, the Umbrella and Sparrow Academy are a significantly reduced threat to Reginald. Life will be dramatically different for the Hargreeves family, who, without their powers will now experience a new form of vulnerability. This means no more bus ball for Klaus.

This also begs the question, in this world did Reginald adopt the Hargreeves children? Regardless of whether or not he did, this could mean that all of their respective mothers are still alive. After finally making a bond with Reginald, it was all for naught, so while Klaus will still be feeling the pain of betrayal, if he realizes his mother could still be alive, he’ll be on a road trip to Pennsylvania immediately.

If some of the Hargreeves have a better life without their powers, such as Allison, it may take some convincing to return to their former lives.

Blackman, in an interview with Netflix, said on the subject:

“… the siblings losing their powers isn’t going to be the only oddity in this timeline. There are new enemies who want to see them wiped out of existence, but how do they manage without their powers? Is there even a way to get them back? The stakes have never been greater.”

Aidan Gallagher has teased that we could see the show’s characters be more akin to their comic book counterparts. In an interview with Collider, he told them, “We may see a more comic book version of Five in Season 4.”

Gallagher also spoke about what we could expect from his character, saying:

“I think he’ll go on mission mode and try to figure out how to make everything right with this new, strange reality that Hargreeves has made up. I don’t know. It may bring out a more mission-oriented version of Five. It’s very final, the way it resolves. It’s this new world, with them not having powers. I’d like to see some of the characters, at least for the time being, settle into that reality. I don’t know if Five is that type of personality. I think he’s still gonna wrestle with it, but we’ll have to see. Let’s hope it gets picked up.”

Timeskip?

In real life, Aidan Gallagher, the actor for Five is 18 years old and will turn 19 in September. By the time we expect the fourth season of The Umbrella Academy to arrive on Netflix, he’ll be almost 21 years old. Now, while Gallagher plays an extremely convincing 15-year-old, it won’t be long before he outgrows the look of one. A simple time-skip would allow the actor’s real-life growth to be worked into the story of Five looking older than a 15-year-old.

Included in the time skip, we’d get to see how drastically different the lives of the Hargreeves have changed. Diego and Lila will have had their baby, if Luther can find Sloane, the newlyweds may be able to enjoy a few years of marital bliss, and Ben, clearly upset by the loss of his powers, may begin his plan to takedown Hargreeves.

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The oldest 15-year-old in history, Five (left) meets his younger but older-bodied self (right) in season 2

A fractured family

All of the Hargreeves have been through their trials, tribulations, and trauma, and despite how dysfunctional they are, they have remained as a family. But in a brand new universe without powers, the choice to move on with their lives could fracture the relationships of the family who want their powers back.

Allison’s betrayal will still sting, and while she is reunited with Claire and Ray, she may seek to repair the burning bridge with her siblings.

When asked about whether Allison is in a different timeline, showrunner Steve Blackman said:

“… Allison is not in a different timeline, she’s in the same timeline. In fact, Ray and Claire do exist in this timeline now. That was the dark deal she made with Hargreeves, to help Hargreeves bring the family together. This is what she got.”

We also see Ben from season 3 in the post-credits scene but is this a new Ben? Blackman said:

“It’s not a different timeline Ben. It’s the Ben we know from Season 3, but how that works and why we’re seeing him will be a Season 4 reveal.”

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When will The Umbrella Academy season 4 go into production? When will season 4 be released on Netflix?

Production on the fourth and final season of The Umbrella Academy is currently penciled in to start in February 2023, according to multiple production sources seen by What’s on Netflix.

Updated production listings suggest the show gets filming on season 4 from February 6th, 2023, and runs through to May 19th, 2023.

One source puts the show’s budget at between $7,000,000 to $10,000,000 per episode.

If we look back at the production schedule of the third season, production prep didn’t begin until October 2020, and filming began several months later, in February 2021. Filming ended on August 28th, 2021. That’s perhaps not the greatest comparison, however, given it filmed throughout the height of the pandemic.

Seasons 1 and 2 of the show took around 5-6 months in development and then a further 6-8 months of post-production and localization before heading to Netflix.

Steve Blackman, the showrunner of The Umbrella Academy, has stated that the time to produce each season of The Umbrella Academy takes up to 18 months before its eventual release on Netflix, so this lines up.

In this case, our best estimate is that season 4 of The Umbrella Academy will release in Spring 2024. 

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Picture: Netflix


Who will be in the cast of The Umbrella Academy season 4?

We expect to see the following cast members return in the fourth season of The Umbrella Academy:

Role Cast Member
#U7 Viktor Elliot Page
#U1 Luther Tom Hopper
#U2 Diego David Castañeda
#U3 Allison Emmy Raver-Lampman
#U4 Klaus Robert Sheehan
#U5 Aidan Gallagher
#S2 Ben Justin H. Min
Sir Reginald Colm Feore
Lila Pitts Ritu Arya
Pogo Adam Godley
#S5 Sloane Genesis Rodriguez
Abigail Liisa Repo-Martell

It’s unclear if the deceased members of The Sparrow Academy will be returning as it’s still unclear how much of the universe has been changed by Sir Reginald.

The latest casting news is that Nick Offerman, star of Parks and Recreation, and Bill in The Last of Us has been cast in the role of Gerald, who has been described as “an eccentric small-town mayor.’

Netflix has confirmed additional casting news will be announced at a later date.


The showrunner of The Umbrella Academy has multiple other projects in the works at Netflix. The biggest is the video game adaptation Horizon Zero Dawn where he serves as an executive producer, and a new series called Orbital, described as a thriller set on the International Space Station. We’ll keep you updated on both projects as and when we get them.

Finally, we should note at Netflix Tudum, Netflix released a blooper reel for the third season:

Would you like to see a fourth season of The Umbrella Academy on Netflix? Let us know in the comments below!

‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 4 Netflix Release Date Estimate & What to Expect

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Jacob joined What's on Netflix in 2018 and serves as one of the lead writers here on What's on Netflix. Jacob covers all things Netflix movies and TV shows but specializes in covering anime and K-dramas. Resides in the United Kingdom.