A Series of Unfortunate Events will be continuing down its miserable road for season 2, at least according to the new trailer narrated by the villainous Count Olaf. The series, whether in its original book form or in the Netflix adaption, is known for trying to persuade the audience to not experience it. The latest trailer, for the rapidly approaching season 2, is no different.
A Series of Unfortunate Events is one of Netflix’s biggest original shows. It’s based on the book series of the same name written by Lemony Snicket (AKA Daniel Handler), which was previously adapted into a movie with Jim Carrey as Count Olaf. Though Carrey was joined by a star-studded cast, including Meryl Streep, the movie disappointed financially and received no follow-up. The TV series is proving to be much more successful, and according to the trailer, will continue to boast an impressive cast; expanding on the precedent set by season 1.
The trailer, released by Netflix, begins with Patrick Warburton, who plays Lemony Snicket within the world of the series, urging viewers to look away. However, Neil Patrick Harris’ Count Olaf quickly takes over. Rather than dispute Snicket’s claims that season 2 will be more terrible than the first, Olaf embraces it. For Olaf, season 2 being “worse” is a selling point. Although anyone who is well aware of the series’ fantastic morbid sense of humor can hardly disagree.
The new footage makes it clear that A Series of Unfortunate Events will continue its aggressive pace of adapting the novels. Season 1 covered the first four books in the series ending with The Miserable Mill. Two episodes (around an hour in length) adapted each entry. It appears that season 2 will go up, at least, to book 9 of the series, The Carnivorous Carnival. This would, however, make sense. Neil Patrick Harris has confirmed that A Series of Unfortunate Events will only be three seasons. The TV show will conclude with adapting the final and thirteenth book in the series, The End. This means each season will average in covering about four books.
As mentioned, A Series of Unfortunate Events will continue the show’s trend in attracting star power in season 2. Season 1 saw appearances from Colbie Smulders, Will Arnett, and Joan Cusack among others. In season 2, the big (new) stars include Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle) and Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development). Sara Rue (Bones, Mom), Lucy Punch (Into the Woods, Bad Teacher), and Roger Bart (Hercules, The Producers) will also appear in supporting roles.
Punch will be playing Esme Squalor, Count Olaf’s girlfriend and a major secondary antagonist from the original books in season 2. This new trailer reveals some details about the other actors’ characters too, indicating that Bart is playing Vice Principal Nero, the legal guardian of main heroes, The Baudelaire Orphans, during their stay at Prufrock Preparatory School. Hale, meanwhile, looks like he could be playing the hapless husband of Esme, Jerome Squalor. Rue and Fillion’s characters appear to also be working together. This would fit with rumors that Fillion is playing Jacques Snicket, and the two will belong to the mysterious organization the VFD. The VFD looms large for the Baudelaire Orphans and is one of the original books’ many mysteries.
With that in mind, A Series of Unfortunate Events season 1 has already played pretty fast and loose the established lore of the original books, and that includes the big twist revolving around “Mother and Father” (played by Smulders and Arnett). As such, fans can probably expect the show to throw even more surprises their way in season 2.
A Series of Unfortunate Events season 2 begins streaming Friday, March 30 on Netflix.
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