The Umbrella Academy creator defends Allison storyline

The following article contains references to sexual assault that some readers may find upsetting. The Umbrella Academy season 3 spoilers follow.

The highly-anticipated third season of Netflix hit, The Umbrella Academydropped earlier this month. It’s largely been met with positive reviews from fans, as they watch the Hargreeves siblings come up against the Sparrow Academy, the afterlife, and – you know – the apocalypse.

But some fans aren’t too happy about the character development of Allison, AKA #3 or “The Rumour.” Allison was introduced in season 1 as having the ability to control other people’s actions by whispering “I heard a rumour…” (hence the nickname), however she chose not to use her powers and become a successful actress instead.

The first season also set up a ~questionable~ romantic storyline for Allison and Luther, who are siblings – albeit not blood-related. This storyline was eventually abandoned in season 2 after many fans expressed their dissatisfaction with it.

However, the latest season sees Allison attempt to use her powers to sexually assault Luther. In episode 5, there’s a scene where Luther rejects Allison’s romantic advances, to which she responds by saying “I heard a rumour that you want me.” This causes Luther to climb on top of Allison, even though he’s made it clear he doesn’t want to.

the umbrella academy creator defends controversial allison storyline amid backlash


Many fans have argued that sexually assaulting her sibling shouldn’t have been included in Allison’s storyline. One viewer tweetedUmbrella Academy writers are going to hell for what they did to Allison’s character arch like actually,” while another wrote“I was all for supporting women’s wrongs when Allison’s ‘villain’ arc began and then she sexually assaulted Luther. like. Which writer decided that was a good idea? It’s irredeemable.”

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In an interview with Men’s HealthSteve Blackman (the show’s creator) addressed Allison’s controversial storyline. “I really love what Allison’s storyline is in this season. And Emmy Raver-Lampman and I talked a lot about PTSD. If you follow the story, she ends up in the Jim Crow South in 1963. Without a voice literally for the first year. She can’t speak. And then when she does get her voice back, she’s not allowed to speak because she’s in a world of racism. So she meets a man she loves, Ray Chestnut, and then is torn from him just the way she was torn from her daughter.

“Allison’s journey this year, even though it’s darker, is not about anger—It’s about pain. She’s dealing with the loss of the two people she loved the most in the world, and they don’t exist in the same timeline. She took a chance to come here to get back her daughter, and her daughter now doesn’t exist.

“So Emmy and I talked. How would the character sort of spiral out of control? Where we find this character? Ultimately, I think she finds herself in the end, but she has a tough road to get there.”

We have reached out to Netflix for comment.

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