Who is Sissy in The Umbrella Academy season 2?

By Daniel Hart
Published: July 31, 2020 (Last updated: December 3, 2023)
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This article “Who is Sissy in The Umbrella Academy season 2?” contains important spoilers. 

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In Season 2, Vanya has lost her memory and ends up on a cute little farm with a small nuclear family. This family looks after her after the mother of the family, Sissy, accidentally hit Vanya with her car when she teleported to the 60s. Purely accidental of course but with a lost memory, Sissy took it upon herself to bring Vanya in and welcome her with open arms. But who is Sissy in The Umbrella Academy season 2?

The farm

It’s not clear who runs the farm but it looks like Sissy runs the family while Carl (her husband) trots off to work every day to try and make sales. The father is very traditional and in this time period, it’s obvious with Carl’s attitude that Sissy is expected to be the provider. Sissy has a son called Harlan who has mental difficulties which she struggles with. Sissy and Vanya have a close relationship.

How close?

As Season 2 progresses, it’s very clear that Sissy and Vanya’s friendship is more than that. The pair have fallen in love with each other and on a night that Carl did not return home, they slept together. Sissy also appreciates that Vanya has a good relationship with her son.

So do Vanya and Sissy get together in a relationship?

It’s the 60s — so when Carl gets a whiff of the lesbian affair, he attempts to clamp it down immediately, stating that Vanya is a disease and claims she is a KGB agent, attempting to manipulate the US state. It’s a tragic love where both characters know that it will be difficult for them to both have a normal life and it is representative of how the LGBTQ+ community was oppressed and not accepted during these times, just like the black communities.

Does Sissy know about Vanya’s powers?

She learns about them eventually in a moment where she and Vanya try and flee to get away from Carl. Sissy does not fear Vanya, rather she fears that Vanya is in danger and wants to make sure that her son is safe.

So will we see Sissy again?

The story suggests we will not but you get a sneaky feeling that the Vanya and Sissy love storyline is nowhere near over. Vanya has to find happiness eventually, right?

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