Netflix’s adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events isn’t just coming back for a second season, but a third one as well. Narrator Lemony Snicket warned viewers throughout the entire first season of that they should not watch the sad tale of the Baudelaire orphans. Even the trailers for the series and the opening theme song – sung by cast member Neil Patrick Harris – warned audiences to “look away“. It would appear that these warnings were ignored however, judging both by the show’s strong ratings and the announcement a few weeks ago that it had been renewed for a second season.
Based on the popular book series, A Series of Unfortunate Events tells the woeful tale of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire. After they are orphaned by a fire, their parent’s well-meaning but clueless banker Mr. Poe is put in charge of finding them a guardian. After leaving them with the villainous Count Olaf – who will stop at nothing to steal their fortune – the children go to two different distant relatives and eventually work in a lumber mill, always with a disguised Count Olaf close behind and willing to kill. At the end of the first season, the children were left at Prufrock Preparatory School.
TVLine broke the news that A Series of Unfortunate Events will be back for at least two more seasons. If the series continues to follow the format of dedicating two episodes to each book, that means books 5 through 9 will be the source for the second season’s ten episodes, and the final four books can finish the story in season three. There is no word yet on whether the series will continue on past the stories in the novels with original episodes or whether the series will end when the books do.
Considering how quickly child actors grow and age, Netflix is already working on the second season and will likely want to film the remaining episodes quickly. The fifth book – The Austere Academy – picks up right where the first season of the series left off. The Baudelaires at Prufrock, about to meet Duncan and Isadora, two of the Quagmire triplets. While the novels do explore the growing and maturing of the Baudelaire children – particularly baby Sunny – they do remain children throughout the series.
There are numerous questions left to be explored in the upcoming two seasons of A Series of Unfortunate Events. At the top of the list is the V.F.D., an organization which connects the Baudelaire and Quagmire children through the involvement of their parents, as well as the Baudelaire’s various guardians. And there is also the relationship that narrator Lemony Snicket has to the Baudelaire family, which has inspired him to study their story extensively. Though it seems that the more the children learn about the V.F.D. and their parents, the more questions – and dangers – they find.
Season one of A Series of Unfortunate Events is available to stream on Netflix.