The Netflix adaptation of Daniel Handler’s 13-book A Series of Unfortunate Events will be back for a second season on March 30th, the platform announced with a teaser trailer on New Year’s Day.
The series — executive produced and largely written by Handler, directed primarily by The Addams Family’s Barry Sonnenfeld — follows three orphaned siblings as they try to figure out the secret of their parents’ death and involvement in a secret society, all while evading a doofy but very scary criminal named Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris). It borrows a lot of word play from the books, and has incorporated some elements of musical theatre!
Fans had to do a little digging to find the teaser, which contains very little other than some quick shots of settings from the fifth book, The Austere Academy, the sixth, The Ersatz Elevator, and the seventh, The Vile Village. The official show account tweeted, in imitation of Handler’s glibly nihilistic style, “There’s no happy endings, 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).” That led to a webpage with a very bad poem on it:
The poem page linked to the teaser on the show’s Netflix hub.
The first season premiered in January 2017 and had eight episodes, which broke the first four books into two one-hour segments each. This season will likely follow the same format. The first season was also shockingly good, a huge departure from the strange 2004 film adaptation that Handler was fired from.