The Umbrella Academy‘s Klaus Hargreeves (Robert Sheehan), also known as Number Four or the Séance, can communicate with the dead, among other abilities. In the third season of the Netflix series, Klaus discovers another power — he can come back from the dead. This may seem like a newfound ability, but Klaus has had the power to reincarnate since the beginning of the show. Here’s proof.
[SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers ahead regarding The Umbrella Academy Season 3.]
God sends the Séance back to life in the comics
Klaus’ ability to come back from the dead is based on the Dark Horse comics character. His first brush with death happens in Dallas #3 when Hazel and Cha-Cha shoot him in the head. In the afterlife, Klaus interacts with God, who resembles a cowboy. During their conversation, it becomes clear God and the Devil are not fond of Klaus, so he gets sent back to the land of the living. Netflix’s Umbrella Academy doesn’t reveal this, but fans of the Dark Horse comics know Klaus’ immortality is because God and the Devil have such a poor opinion of him.
Klaus Hargreeves uses his powers after he dies in ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 3
In a shocking moment from The Umbrella Academy Season 3 episode “Kugelblitz,”, it seems like Klaus is a goner. Stanley (Javon Walton), who explores the Bison Suite in the Hotel Oblivion with Klaus, accidentally fires a sharp arrow into Klaus’ chest, rendering him dead.
The next episode, “Kindest Cut,” picks up with Klaus meeting God again. We’ve seen this young girl (Birva Pandya) who doesn’t like Klaus “all that much” before in the first season of the Netflix series. Meanwhile, in the land of the living, Stanley and Diego (David Castañeda) wrap what they presume to be Klaus’ corpse in a rug and transport him through the halls of the Hotel Obsidian. While in the elevator, Klaus suddenly reanimates but is unsure of how.
Klaus comes back from the dead in ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 1
Klaus’ return from the dead isn’t a first. In the first season of The Umbrella Academy, Klaus and Luther (Tom Hopper) go to a rave to blow off some steam. While there, Klaus falls on his head and has a near-death experience where he meets the female version of God we mentioned above.
Annoyed by his multitude of questions, she points Klaus in the direction of his adopted father, Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore). While getting a shave from dear old dad, Klaus learns Reginald orchestrated his own suicide to reunite his children so they could stop the impending apocalypse.
Klaus Hargreeves hones his power to come back from the dead in season 3 of ‘The Umbrella Academy’
Later in The Umbrella Academy Season 3, Klaus Hargreeves “plays catch” with Sir Reginald. And by catch, we mean catching a ball and getting hit by vehicles simultaneously.
The version of Sir Reginald that Klaus interacts with in this timeline is much kinder than the one he grew up with, so he takes a liking to him. Together, they hone Klaus’ ability to die and come back. Each time Klaus gets hit by a car, Reggie clocks the amount of time he spends in the afterlife. With enough practice, Klaus can die and come back with ease.