Look, there’s little doubt that Luther shoulders a big part of the blame for the shocking events of The Umbrella Academy‘s first season — particularly in regards to, you know, the world actually ending. But let’s be honest, there’s a lot of blame to go around when it comes to the Hargreeves’ fantastic failures in season 1.
Allison in particular played a key role in pushing Vanya over the edge when — after a heartbreaking admission that Sir Reginald forced her to make young Vanya believe she was powerless — Allison actually tried to use the same powers to regain control of Vanya, who quickly freaks out at the news that her own sister played a part in the cover up.
This prompts the aforementioned attack (Vanya straight-up slits her sister’s throat), which ultimately lands her in a cell, and cements her turn to the dark side. Unlike Luther, though, Allison does actually learn from her mistake — which is why she wants to reason with Vanya in those fateful final moments. We know how Luther plays those moments as well, don’t we?
Of course, the big blame for Vanya’s untimely descent into apocalyptic madness really does lay at the feet of her adoptive father. It was Sir Reginald, after all, who first started developing Vanya’s powers, then decided that she was too unstable to train; it was also he who elected to keep the young woman’s powers contained by heavily medicating her, and utilizing Allison’s tricky ability as part of the containment. His choice to not tell any of the other Academy members about Vanya’s untapped strength proved to be a rather boneheaded one, and since we’re casting blame, Sir Reginald’s simian companion Pogo (who knew the secret all along) also played a part in Vanya’s descent.
That being said, if we’re being completely honest, Sir Reginald’s and the Hargreeves kids’ utter failure to include Vanya in their lives in general — even openly shunning her at times — is another obvious reason she was so susceptible to the darkness. The utter isolation that resulted from not being included in any of the Academy’s reindeer games, so to speak, is essentially what led her into the arms of the nefarious ne’er do well Leonard, and it’s why she was initially so apt to trust him instead of her own family.
Of course, it’s worth noting here as well that Vanya herself seems to take a particular pleasure in her newfound powers, and that she chooses not to involve her family in their development until it’s far too late — although, if we’re being honest, it’s tough to blame her.
With so many factors in play, it’s not entirely fair to blame Luther alone for the end of the world — but it’s safe to say he deserves a pretty hefty slice of the blame pie. Hopefully, his continuous failures throughout season 1 of The Umbrella Academy will be used as the groundwork for big changes in season 2.
As far as what lies ahead for the big guy in the upcoming season, it might be helpful to point out while the rest of the Hargreeves clan spent the bulk of the first season trying to put their fractured lives back together, Luther spent it watching his entire life being ripped apart. With any luck, the next season of The Umbrella Academy will find a slightly wiser version of Luther actually listening to the people around him, and maybe even finding a way to save them all from the seemingly unavoidable doom ahead.