The Umbrella Academy is back for season 3. Sadly, Kate Walsh’s character, The Handler isn’t shown after her second death scene. Walsh talked to Showbiz Cheat Sheet over Zoom on June 22, 2022, about how the Netflix show included her character and her new partnership.
Kate Walsh’s favorite death scene for The Handler
The Handler died in the season 1 finale with Hazel (Cameron Britton) shooting her in the head to save Agnes (Sheila McCarthy). In season 2, The Handler woke up before her body was cremated.
She came back with a vengeance at The Commission, but she didn’t survive the season. The finale showed Number Five (Aidan Gallagher) saving everyone by traveling back in time, taking The Handler’s machine gun, then Axel (Kris Holden-Ried) shooting her multiple times. But which death scene is Walsh’s favorite?
“I love both of them visually, but I really love the first one,” Walsh told Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “I loved, you know, coming back from that,” she later added.
Both deaths involved a gun in a world full of superpowers. If The Handler returns and dies again, does Walsh prefer her character to die another way?
“I know,” Walsh said. “I thought maybe if they’re going to make it final, there’d be something more macabre than that, but–or different.”
She then shared her initial reaction to season 2’s death scene. “But when I did, was like, ‘Wait a minute, shouldn’t we do something different?'” she asked. “But, you know, it’s all in the writer’s hands. And it was such a connected piece to their storyline and the time continuum and all that.”
Kate Walsh says there is a piece of The Handler in ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 3
The Hargreeves go to a different timeline in season 3. Sadly, The Handler wasn’t resurrected again, but Walsh stayed connected to the show.
“I was in contact with Steve Blackman, the creator of the show, and…the showrunner, and he adapted it from the original graphic novel,” Walsh said. “I did a little, little voiceover thing there, a little piece of The Handler in there.”
She also said that she always stays in touch with people in the hair, makeup, and costumes department. “And then, of course, I reached out to Elliot [Page] and for love and support,” the actor added. Page came out as trans masculine in 2020. Their character also transitioned in season 3 and goes by Viktor.
Kate Walsh’s partnership with Systane Complete PF
Walsh talked about her personal experience with dry eyes. Her optometrist told her she had dry eyes seven years ago and is now partnering with SYSTANE® COMPLETE Preservative-Free Lubricating Eye Drops.
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