A Series of Unfortunate Events is returning for a second season, and whether in book or television form, the series is well-known for trying to persuade the audience not to experience it. The latest trailer for Season 2 takes the same approach, as Count Olaf narrates the teaser of what’s to come.
The trailer, released by Netflix today, starts with Patrick Warburton’s Lemony Snicket urging the audience to turn away now – however, Neil Patrick Harris’ villainous Count Olaf quickly takes over, embracing the show’s “unfortunate” selling point.
This new footage does make it clear that the series will continue to power through the novels, adapting each story at an impressive pace. The first season of A Series of Unfortunate Events covered books 1-4, ending with The Miserable Mill. From the trailer it would appear that Season 2 will go up to book 9, The Carnivorous Carnival, which makes sense, given the show will run for three seasons, reaching up to the 13th and final book of the series, The End, averaging around four books a season.
The second season will also include a number of new faces, including Nathan Fillion, Tony Hale, Sara Rue, Lucy Punch, and Roger Bart, who are rounding out the supporting cast. Punch will play Esme Squalor, Count Olaf’s girlfriend and secondary antagonist of the book.
Some of the trailer also reveals details of the other actors’ characters, as it indicates that Bart will be playing Vice Principle Nero, legal guardian of the Baudelaire Orphans during their time at Prufrock Preparatory School. It also seems as though Hale may be playing Esme’s hopeless husband, Jerome, while Rue and Fillion’s characters appear to be working together. This would make sense, given Fillion is rumoured to be playing Jacques Snicket, and the two will be a part of the mysterious VFD organisation that looms large over the whole book series.
However, from Season 1, we know that A Series of Unfortunate Events isn’t sticking firmly to the lore of the books, after the twist with Cobie Smulders and Will Arnett’s ‘Mother and Father’. So, we can expect some surprises to be thrown our way.
A Series of Unfortunate Events returns to Netflix on March 30th.