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The Umbrella Academy: Tom Hopper & Robert Sheehan Found New Layers to Luther & Klaus in Season 3

The Umbrella Academy’s Tom Hopper and Robert Sheehan discuss Luther and Klaus’ growth and their hopes for possible Season 4 storylines.

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Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy has pushed its titular team of adopted superpowered misfits into all sorts of directions, especially in Season 3. Landing in a future radically different than the one they left in Season 2, the group all find themselves scattered on different paths in this latest season. While it can prove to be a tricky and heavy time of self-discovery for some members of the group like Klaus, it also proves to be a season of adorable puppy love for another prominent member of the cast, who finally gets to enjoy life a bit more.

During a roundtable interview attended by CBR ahead of the show’s return to Netflix, The Umbrella Academy’s Tom Hooper (Luther) and Robert Sheehan (Klaus) discussed some of their favorite elements of the new season and looked ahead to the kind of plotlines they’re excited to explore in a potential Season 4.

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The season is a wild ride for the entire cast, but few among them go through as much as Klaus. Adrift in the world and running into unlikely situations and revelations around every corner, Sheehan’s take on the spacey brother of the family goes through a lot in the newest batch of episodes. At least Sheehan has a sense of humor about it all as he recalled how “Maybe [Series Creator/Showrunner] Steve Blackman is a bit medieval. Klaus has to go through this agonizing physical trial to discover something within himself. And again, because [Blackman] is a sadist, it was great fun.”

Compared to Klaus, Hopper’s Luther gets a surprisingly chipper year — with an unexpected love interest in the form of the Sparrow Academy’s Sloane helping bring the previously morose Number One out of his shell. “We see him living out his lost teenage years a little bit,” Hopper explained, “which was really nice. It was really nice to play. [Blackman told me I was] going to have a chance to really flesh out who Luther is underneath the superhero without all the oppressive stuff he’s gone through on the moon. I can talk about being the Number One and the pressures of that what that meals and dealing with the trauma of that… And then he gets to fall in love! He just becomes lost in that whole thing and falls into it. It’s nice to see him happy, actually. It was great, as Luther, to actually get to smile.”

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Looking to the end of the season — with Luther alone while Sloane is MIA and the Umbrella Academy rendered powerless due to Reginald’s latest scheme — both Hopper and Sheehan revealed what aspects of any potential Season 4 they’d be the most excited to dive into following the acclaimed Season 3. Noting that Luther’s current predicament might give him a better understanding of the kind of pain Allison has spent all of Season 3 dealing with, Hopper admitted that any conversation between the two would “be an interesting scene to [see] play out actually. Who knows if Sloane even exists in this world or not? You know, whether or not I find her. But yeah, I mean, [Luther’s] going to absolutely relate to what Allison was going through. Hopefully, he’ll deal with it better. It’ll be interesting to see where Luther’s head is at after having such a happy season.”

Sheehan meanwhile was pleasantly surprised by how capable and powerful Klaus became, explaining how “Once Klaus gets over that hump of trauma, how very, very powerful he becomes.” But despite that aspect of the show delighting him, he’s also open about his excitement for the show’s new potential status quo. “I suppose I’ve been secretly looking forward to a possible time when the Umbrella team were stripped of their powers — stripped of their super flaws. it’s the ideal sort of fish out of water plot, isn’t it?

“You set up these adults who, since [childhood], they’ve been made to be superheroes and do all that business and be very capable to do that stuff. So the most interesting theatrical idea is to subvert that notion and to strip them of all that and see what they are without. I really hope that Klaus is an absolute gibbering mess, that’s what I’d like to see. You know, just completely incapable of being a normal person. That’s really all I want. I will be very entertained for another season if it’s that kind of show. And after that, who knows what the bells and whistles will look like.”

The Umbrella Academy is currently streaming on Netflix

Brandon Zachary is an Associate Writer with Comic Book Resources and has written for CBR since 2018. He covers breakouts on comics, film, television, video games, and anime. He also conducts industry interviews, is a Rotten Tomatoes certified film critic, and knows SO MUCH about the X-Men. For requests, comments, or to hear his pitch for a third Avatar series that incorporates robots, you can contact him through bs.zachary@gmail.com.

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