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What Aidan Gallagher Says Fans Get Wrong About The Umbrella Academy's Five

It's been a long journey for "The Umbrella Academy" and the show's fans, especially when it comes to waiting for Season 3 to finally come out on Netflix. Season 2 premiered all the way back in July of 2020, and viewers have been clamoring for more ever since. Luckily, fans won't have to wait too much longer, as Season 3 is expected to be released sometime in 2022. 

"The Umbrella Academy" focuses on the Hargreeves family, who are adopted siblings with extraordinary superpowers that they use in Season 1 to try and stop the apocalypse but fail. Season 2 sees the siblings transported back in time following this event, where the siblings try to stop another end-of-the-world situation that follows them there. "The Umbrella Academy" features a wide variety of morally complex characters, especially when it comes to the Hargreeves siblings themselves. However, perhaps one of the most interesting characters for fans of the show is Number Five (Aidan Gallagher), who possesses the power to jump through time and space and is actually 58 years old, but trapped in his younger, 13-year-old body. 

While the character of Five is known for being morally grey and operating on a level that almost seems detached and aggressive, Gallagher himself has proclaimed that there are certain aspects of Five that fans get wrong.

Aidan Gallagher doesn't think Five is 'cold and uncaring'

During an interview with Alternative Press in 2020, Aidan Gallagher talked about Number Five from "The Umbrella Academy" and his experiences with acting in general. One interesting piece of information he offered about the show is that he believes fans fundamentally misunderstand certain character traits of Five. While viewers may believe that Five is "cold" and "uncaring," Gallagher sees it as Five being too busy with stopping the apocalypse to worry about such niceties.

"This puts him in an extremely stressed-out frame of mind where he just doesn't have time to talk to anyone or explain anything," Gallagher said. He also pointed out that there are moments in the show where you can tell that he genuinely cares for not only the world, but his siblings. "The show captures him at critical moments, like when he needs coffee or tries to get something important done. But you can see he is still gentle and caring in his interactions with Vanya," the character played by Elliot Page.

Much like the other siblings in the show, Five is definitely not easily categorized as good or evil and exists somewhere in between. It makes sense that someone who literally witnesses the results of the apocalypse in the future would be willing to do anything to stop it, including foregoing civility and kindness. Either way, it'll be interesting to see how the character further develops in the forthcoming Season 3 of "The Umbrella Academy."