The Umbrella Academy Season 2: 10 Things That Must Happen
10. JFK’s Assassination
There was a little nod to it in Season 1, but the JFK assassination is actually a fundamental building block of The Umbrella Academy.
While some parts of the adaptation have already been changed (the original comic Academy were all white, Number Five wasn’t injected with serial killer DNA, Diego had no love interest or great affection for his mother...), it seems impossible to continue this story without some focus on JFK. That goes double if they do indeed follow the Dallas storyline.
Number Five was stood on the infamous grassy knoll when he leapt back to the Academy, and as a result does not go through with the assassination as planned. However, the Dallas storyline has the JFK assassination at its centre, much like the impending apocalypse was at the heart of Season 1/The Apocalypse Suite.
It will be fascinating to see how they take this on in these politically charged times. From the murder of Jo Cox in Britain to the MAGA bomber in the USA, political rhetoric, divisive politics and threats of violence are possibly as high as they have been since the Cold War. The pieces are all there for in depth social commentary.