‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 3 Promotional Images Hint at Hotel Obsidian, Not Hotel Oblivion

The Umbrella Academy Season 3 premieres on Netflix on June 22, 2022, and right now, fans know very little about the upcoming season. Overall, season 3 looks to veer away from most of the plot points of the third issue of the graphic novel titled “Hotel Oblivion.” However, a potential clue hidden in the new character posters released on May 8, 2022, might hint at another change from the comics.

'The Umbrella Academy' Season 3 production still showing Ritu Arya wearing a plaid skirt. 'The Umbrella Academy' might feature Hotel Obsidian, not Hotel Oblivion.
‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 3 stars Ritu Arya as Lila Pitts | Cr. Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix

‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 3 character posters potentially hint at the Hargreeves’ birthplaces

Throughout the first two seasons of The Umbrella Academy, showrunner Steve Blackman only confirmed the birthplace of one of the Hargreeves children. In the premiere episode, the narrator explains to audiences that 43 children born on the same day possessed supernatural abilities. Not only that, their mothers weren’t pregnant when the day began. We see the birth of one child. At the time, no one knew which member of The Umbrella Academy the baby grew up to be. However, we later learned that we watched the birth of Viktor Hargreeves (Elliott Page).

Each sibling poses with a suitcase adorned with stickers in the new character posters released for The Umbrella Academy Season 3. At least one sticker on each suitcase indicates a city or country. Many believe that it shows the birthplace of each member of The Umbrella Academy. In addition, with Ben (Justin H. Min) now a part of The Sparrow Academy, it appears Lila (Ritu Arya) took his place.

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Lila’s suitcase included a sticker reading ‘Hotel Obsidian’

It’s no secret that the plot of The Umbrella Academy Season 3 strays from its source material. However, one episode of the upcoming season titled “Oblivion” seemingly hinted fans would get a glimpse of the bizarre prison called Hotel Oblivion in the third graphic novel. Now, viewers aren’t so sure.

In Lila’s character poster, along with a sticker reading “Berlin,” another one read “Hotel Obsidian.” This implies that perhaps Blackman decided to include his take on Hotel Oblivion. 

Emmy Raver-Lampman said the story for ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 3 ‘runs adjacent’ to the graphic novel

In a previous interview, Emmy Raver-Lampman gave fans some insight regarding the plot of The Umbrella Academy Season 3. We already know that The Sparrow Academy features prominently in the upcoming season. Still, the creator of the series, Gerard Way, doesn’t introduce the group until the end of the third novel. That means Blackman put his own twist into the plot regarding the new characters.

Speaking with Collider, Raver-Lampman said, “We’re running adjacent to the graphic novels, but I don’t think Steve is beholden at all to the graphic novels, by needing it to be something that’s verbatim, it needing to reflect exactly what’s happening in the graphic novels and what’s happening on screen. But I do know that Gerard and Steve are in constant communication. So, I don’t doubt that they both know what the other has ideas in what the other is thinking. I think there will always be a connection there, but the further we get into The Umbrella Academy, the TV show, I think it’s finding its own way. It’s finding its own route, which is exciting. … This third season, we’re really, really doing our own thing, and I think the show has found some really cool plots to follow and explore.”

As of now, most of the plot of The Umbrella Academy Season 3 remains a mystery. Thankfully, we only have a few more weeks to wait until the premiere. The first two seasons of The Umbrella Academy are currently streaming on Netflix.

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