Looks like there weren’t many Netflix subscribers that took heed of Lemony Snicket’s repeated warnings; the online streamer has today officially renewed A Series Of Unfortunate Events for a second season, and it did so in the most convoluted way imaginable.
Calling upon Snicket’s (Patrick Warburton) reverse psychology once more, Netflix published a downbeat letter in the character’s name. Getting to that point, though, proved rather tedious. First off, the company posted a Twitter message inviting users to a YouTube video. The clip, which featured Warburton narrating text as Lemony Snicket, highlighted certain letters and words. It didn’t take long before viewers identified a URL, before unearthing www.vastlyfrighteningdecision.com, which came packing the following message:
It has come to my attention that, despite my repeated warnings, you have viewed the Netflix adaptation of my distressing work, known collectively as “A Series Of Unfortunate Events.” Some of you have even binged, a word which here mans, “Watched several episodes right in a row, despite having much better things to do with your time.”
To my horror, Netflix has been encouraged by this, and funneled their ill-gotten gains toward a second season of this unhappy and unnerving series. Even as we speak, set buildings, costume designers, and trauma specialists are snapping into action, the better to bring you even more upsetting episodes, all because of your reputed enthusiasm for this grim so-called family programming.
I hope you’re happy. Because you won’t be, ever again.
With all due respect,
A second season of Netflix’s gleefully dark original series has been floated before. Back in January, series creator Daniel Handler teased a ten-episode arc that would bring the adaptation in line with The Carnivorous Carnival – the ninth novel in the original YA series. Expect to see story beats from The Austere Academy, The Ersatz Elevator, The Vile Village, The Hostile Hospital play out across the course of season 2, then, though there’s currently no mention of a premiere window.
Much to the chagrin of Snicket, A Series Of Unfortunate Events has officially been renewed for a second season over at Netflix. What are your hopes for the future of the Baudelaire saga, though? Let us know in the usual place!