The Umbrella Academy season 3, episode 8 recap – “Wedding at the End of the World”

By Adam Lock
Published: June 22, 2022 (Last updated: February 17, 2024)
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The end of the world has never looked so adorable. Our wedding guests enjoy one final blow-out party in fine form. This is iconic and heart-warming filmmaking.

This recap of Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy season 3, episode 8, “Wedding at the End of the World,” contains spoilers.

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It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine. The apocalypse has the upper hand, and our valiant superhero families decide to call it a day, throwing the towel in once and for all. They’ve tried every single conceivable scheme and now just want to sit back and watch the universe collapse in on itself with a cocktail in hand. Luther and Sloane’s wedding takes center stage, with the two Academies uniting for one final, unforgettable party. This is a highlight of the season, guaranteeing to have you smiling and possibly choking up in equal amounts. A fun-filled installment that capitalizes on all that groundwork, with so many lovable characters to enjoy. Welcome to the “Wedding at the End of the World.”

The Umbrella Academy season 3, episode 8 recap

Season three has utilized flashbacks for many of its opening sequences, and chapter eight takes us back to 1918. A younger Reginald completes one of his usual secretive experiments. He is seen firing a flare gun into the sky and hitting a force field of some kind. He builds The Hotel Obsidian in this very spot and, on the hotel’s opening night, concocts a deal with a group of gunmen. They are sent down the mystery tunnel into Hotel Oblivion. Doling out the suspense and setting us up nicely for those final installments, one man returns from the tunnel, coated in blood, and informs Reginald with his last dying breath that they’re all dead. The pressure is on for the Umbrellas to succeed, with some ungodly creatures awaiting them on the other side of that wall.

Back in the present, the Kugelblitz is doubling in size, laying waste to the world around it. Hotel Obsidian is all that remains, surrounded by sheer death and destruction. Having failed to save the world and The Founder’s words ringing in Five’s ears, they all admit defeat and embrace the apocalypse. Luther and Sloane announce their engagement and invite most of the surviving members to their wedding and Luther’s bachelor party.

Before the main event, the boys share a drink and a sing-song at Luther’s impromptu bachelor party. Luther sings a Bonnie Tyler classic on karaoke (also my go-to karaoke choice) while the others discuss their father, with Klaus trying desperately to convince the others that he’s a changed man. Five and Klaus duet the aptly titled “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” and the entire gang joins them on stage for an amazing, cinematic moment. The series has plenty of these iconic, breezy scenes peppered throughout its third season, and I can’t help but adore every one of them. Ben is bitter he wasn’t invited and complains to Sloane. She explains that they are a real family, unlike the Sparrows, and Ben needs to comply.

The wedding ceremony follows, and as you’d expect, it is a heart-warming sequence. The adorable combination of the innocent, loving couple and a beautiful backdrop real does add up to something truly special, sure to bring you goosebumps and a lump in the throat. The showrunners have created something magical with this gang of misfits. Each character has become memorable and endearing over the course of the show’s run in their own distinct ways. The wedding is the accumulation of all this hard work, a charming and admirable creation.

After the wedding, Klaus tries to sweet-talk the guests into joining him and Reginald for a final showdown with this Kugelblitz monster. The siblings enjoy their final meal and ignore Klaus. Others warn him to stay away from their despicable father. Speak of the devil, and he shall appear. Reginald arrives, delivering an odd father of the bride speech, which involves a poem about death, of all things. The whole party applauds this oddity and returns to the heavy drinking.

The ending

There is just time for a few family squabbles, as per most traditional weddings, with Viktor attempting to make amends with Allison, yet she still denies him her forgiveness. She’s become a real killjoy this season and leaves the party alone. Ben is hesitantly accepted into the gang, and they all dance like there’s no tomorrow. These characters have become like family to their viewers, making for a touching finale as our couples pair off, and the stragglers look on with a loving smile at all the romance on display. A nice break from the action, this episode allows for some harmless fun and truly cinematic moments to take place.

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