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'The Umbrella Academy' - Season 2 Finale Script was Rewritten Due to Unexpected Storm

‘The Umbrella Academy’ – Season 2 Finale Script was Rewritten Due to Unexpected Storm

by Steve Goodman

The snow Harlan induces in The Umbrella Academy season 2 finale was added in the script at the last minute.

The snow Harlan (Justin Paul Kelly) caused in the finale of The Umbrella Academy season 2 was placed in the plot at the last moment due to a sudden snowstorm.

The hit Netflix series dropped season 2 at the end of July, transporting the characters to Texas in the 1960s amid the civil rights war plus the shooting of President John F. Kennedy.

The story of the season focuses on the Hargreeves children’s adventure during the assassination of the President of the United States, which saw all the main cast returning.

In addition, a variety of new characters have been introduced, including Lila (Ritu Arya), an originally enigmatic girl who is a friend of Diego (David Castaneda) and is later revealed as one of the babies born the same time as the rest of the Hargreeves children.

The Umbrella Academy season 2 focused on the new Cooper family, too, who adopt Vanya (Ellen Page) after the mum, Sissy (Marin Ireland), nearly runs over her. Her son, Harlan, has autism and takes on some of Vanya’s superpowers later in the season, causing a terrifying snowstorm in the “The End of Something” season finale.

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Recently, a behind-the-scenes clip for the episode shows Harlan was not meant to change the temperature at all. However, the unusually early winter storm in Canada, the venue of the program that doubled for Dallas, meant the producers of the show had to improvise their plan.

In the video, Arya says, “tinkering with the script” had been a “necessity,” with Page adding the snow was included in the plot since it would not melt while the day could not be put up for a reschedule. Page discussed the approach they had to come up with:

Because we’ve established that the powers that Harlan has, which are obviously the powers that Vanya has and Vanya had a lot of influence over the weather in the first season, and now Harlan in this really, really wild state is causing snow to fall.

The realization that the change was brought by actual weather is pretty enlightening. The temperature shift in the episode is almost out of nowhere but also connects to the final feeling of doom and gloom. It’s a credit to their creative skills on how the crew was able to rethink instantly and amplify the 10th episode by using the snow in the plot.

Ironically, considering optical effects in contemporary films most commonly cause extreme weather, most people may have thought the snow in the finale was produced in the same manner or at least using artificial snow.

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The fact that it was not just genuine but unforeseen brings an additional dimension of behind-the-scenes suspense to season 2. One wonders if the famously grim Canadian weather will affect season 3 of The Umbrella Academy and whether the producers will have a backup plan in place this time around.

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