A Series of Unfortunate Events season 2 gets a March 30 premiere date from Netflix, along with a first look trailer. The show, about a plucky trio of orphans who must avoid misfortune and the devious Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) at every turn, is based on the 13 books written by Lemony Snicket (the pseudonym of Daniel Handler). The first season spanned the first four books in the series, with two episodes dedicated to each book. The second season will cover books 5 through 9.
Season 2 will show the orphans meeting new friends in Duncan (Dylan Kingwell) and Isadora (Avi Lake) Quagmire, as well as foes in Carmelita Spats (Kitana Turnbull) and Esmé Squalor (Lucy Punch). Count Olaf and his minions (and disguises) also aren't far behind, as seen in the Unfortunate Events season 2 images that show him sporting a fancy suit ("The Ersatz Elevator") and a doctor's coat ("The Horrible Hospital").
The Series of Unfortunate Events Twitter account warned fans to "bookmark" the site with a promise that something was coming. They then posted the cryptic tweet (seen below) that led fans on a scavenger hunt. The tweet features a video of Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes), and Count Olaf singing the song that ended season 1 of the series, "That's Not How the Story Goes". Several of the words in the tweet are capitalized, namely "Verse", "Fluctuation", and "Declaration." Putting those words together with DOT COM at the end, brings one to a website, which finally leads to the Netflix homepage with the season 2 release date of March 30th and the first season 2 trailer (see the video above).
« There’s no happy endings,— A Series of Unfortunate Events (@Unfortunate) January 1, 2018
not here and not now,
this Verse is all Fluctuation and woes,
you might dream that justice and peace win the day,
but that's not how the Declaration goes (.com) » 👁🔍 pic.twitter.com/INXuvss5Hw
This kind of decoding is important to the Series of Unfortunate Events book series, as well as the letters that are capitalized themselves. In the books, both the Baudelaire parents and Count Olaf belonged to a secret society known as the VFD. Throughout the series the children learn more about this organization and how it may or may not have connections to their parents' deaths and the other unfortunate things that happened to them. The first season showed some hints about the existence of the VFD and hopefully, these clues mean the organization will have a larger presence in season 2.
The first season of A Series of Unfortunate Events stayed faithful to the source material, including the dark humor and grammar based jokes that made the book series beloved by children and adults alike. It was a clear departure from the 2004 film directed by Brad Silberling and starring Jim Carrey as Count Olafm which had humor but never got the tone just right.
A Series of Unfortunate Events season 1 is currently available to stream on Netflix. Season 2 premieres March 30th.