Since launching their first original series in 2013, Netflix has massively grown its library of exclusive content to include award-winning series like Orange is the New Black, a street-level corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and franchise continuations/revivals like Fuller House and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. The streaming service has also adapted certain novels into movies and television series, such as the forthcoming 13 Reasons Why and A Series of Unfortunate Events – the latter of which debuted its first season in mid-January of this year.
Based on the series of 13 children’s books written by Daniel Handler, under the pen name Lemony Snicket, the show follows the misadventures of the Baudelaire children: Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes), and Sunny (Presley Smith). Season 1 of Netflix’s series adapted the first four novels over the course of eight episodes. Handler previously revealed he had already started the process of writing A Series of Unfortunate Events season 2, with an eye for concluding the story in a third season. Now, Netflix has officially renewed the series for a second outing – in true Lemony Snicket style.
Netflix released a video message on YouTube narrated by the show’s Lemony Snicket (Patrick Warburton) – who is just as much a character as the Baudelaires. Check it out above. As viewers will notice, certain letters and words in the video stand out, highlighted in yellow, spelling out: “URL www.VastlyFrighteningDecision.com.” Upon visiting the website, fans will see a letter penned by Lemony Snicket announcing the Series of Unfortunate Events season 2 renewal. Read the letter below:
Neither the video message nor the letter confirm how many episodes season 2 will include, though Handler’s previous comments indicated it would be 10, adapting novels five through nine: The Austere Academy, The Ersatz Elevator, The Vile Village, The Hostile Hospital, and The Carnivorous Carnival. Should the show get picked up for a third and final season, it would adapt the remaining four books in the series. However, Snicket’s letter reveals they’re starting up production on season 2 soon enough, aligning with what Handler previously said about shooting the whole series as quickly as possible so the child stars don’t age out of their roles – which may mean fans will get news of season 3 sooner rather than later.
Of course, the season 2 renewal isn’t that much of a surprise for fans of the series, especially since the ratings of A Series of Unfortunate Events were reportedly even better than Marvel’s last Netflix show, Luke Cage – which received so many viewers it may or may not have crashed the streaming service’s site. Additionally, A Series of Unfortunate Events season 1 was well received by both critics and fans alike, earning plenty of faith by being a closer adaptation than the 2004 movie. All that said, fans who enjoyed this particular adaptation of Handler’s work will be happy to know for sure the series will continue for a second season. Now it just remains to be seen when A Series of Unfortunate Events season 2 will hit Netflix.
A Series of Unfortunate Events season 1 is currently streaming on Netflix, season 2 does not yet have a premiere date.