‘The Umbrella Academy’ Star Emmy Raver-Lampman Reveals How an Unexpected Mishap on Set Changed the Season 2 Finale
Season 2 of Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy follows the Hargreeves as they try to navigate 1960s Dallas and stop another impending apocalypse. Series star Emmy Raver-Lampman, who plays Allison Hargreeves, recently revealed that a real-life event the cast and crew faced during filming actually ended up changing the finale.
[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for The Umbrella Academy Seasons 2.]
Emmy Raver-Lampman plays Allison on ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 2
The Umbrella Academy — which is based on Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s Dark Horse comic book series of the same name — follows the Hargreeves siblings and their strained relationship with patriarch Reginald Hargreeves. All seven superheroes were adopted by Reginald as children, and were raised and trained by him under strict rules.
Raver-Lampman plays Allison Hargreeves, aka Number Three, a superhero with the ability to rumor people into doing whatever she says. Allison is extremely close to her siblings, especially Luther (Tom Hopper), who she actually might be in love with.
‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 2 is set in Dallas, Texas
In the first season of The Umbrella Academy, the Hargreeves come together for Reginald’s funeral in their unspecified home city, which looks a lot like New York. There, the team discovers that their sister, Vanya (Ellen Page), is going to cause an apocalypse. They all band together to try and stop her, but ultimately fail.
In the Season 1 finale, Five (Aidan Gallagher) transports his siblings to another timeline to save them from the apocalypse. They all land in Dallas, Texas in different years, ranging from 1960 to 1963. Season 2 follows The Umbrella Academy team as they try to stop yet another apocalypse from happening in Dallas.
Raver-Lampman reveals how a snowstorm changed the finale
In the Season 2 finale of The Umbrella Academy, Vanya and her siblings head to Sissy’s (Marin Ireland) farm to help her son Harlan (Justin Paull Kelly) get free of the powers he got from Vanya. When they arrive at the farmhouse, the area surrounding it is covered in snow due to a storm cloud Harlan is generating with his powers.
The snow cloud seems like it was an intentional part of the story. But according to Raver-Lampman, that scene was added because the crew encountered a huge snowstorm they weren’t expecting.
“The whole season takes place in Dallas, and we were shooting through the summer and into the fall in Toronto, and the last two weeks of shooting, we got this unexpected, terrible snowstorm,” she told Collider in an interview. “And so, all of Episode 10 being set in the snow actually had to be written in, after the snowstorm hit. It added such an amazing element to the season, but it was such a beautiful mishap.”
Raver-Lampman also revealed that the cast was not dressed for the snowstorm, and the crew was forced to hastily rush in and out of stores to find them boots for the scene. She ended up wearing her original high-heeled boots for one stunt, and ended up falling pretty badly.
“We had to get the shot, but we didn’t have shoes for me yet, so I take off after everyone else, thinking I could run in heels, after dancing on Broadway in four-inch heels for eight years,” she revealed. “I was like, “It’s fine,” but then I took three steps and absolutely ate sh*t — I skidded 10 feet down this gravel driveway, and ripped open my pants and twisted my ankle. I should have just waited for my boots to come, and we could have done it then. That was a good one. Everybody got a really good laugh.”
Thankfully, Raver-Lampman wasn’t too badly injured, and the unexpected snow actually ended up adding a lot more excitement to those final fight scenes. Unlike the Hargreeves’ time-jumps, the snowstorm just ended up becoming a happy accident.