Netflix started the New Year off with some unfortunate (but maybe exciting) news – the season 2 premiere date for ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events.’
In an exclusive new teaser released on New Year’s Day, the villainous Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) reveals that the series based on Lemony Snicket’s beloved book series will return to Netflix on March 30. In the teaser, Olaf says:
“I’m so sorry to disturb your recovery, but it’s time for us to get this New Year’s Day binge started. But those are the same people who wouldn’t recognize handsome if it set your house on fire. So dive on in, distract yourself with this first look at season 2 of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events.’”
The series stars Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, and Presley Smith as the Baudelaire children, who were orphaned after their parents died in a tragic fire. Following their parents’ deaths, the kids have jumped from guardian to guardian; all while being chased by Count Olaf, who wants their inheritance. Season 2 covers books 5 through 9, and follows the children as they move from a boarding school to a fancy penthouse apartment, a vile village, and a few other depressing and short-lived homes.
In addition to announcing the show’s return date, the teaser also features a first look at the show’s take on The Vile Village as we see the Baudelaire orphans being chased by a mob of angry villagers. The clip ends with the Baudelaires finding Count Olaf, who is in disguise as the ambiguously European auctioneer Günther, hiding behind some curtains.
As we see a shot of the kids falling down an elevator shaft, Olaf asks:
“Does this seem like a nightmare? Because that’s the effect I was going for.”
Executive producer Barry Sonnenfeld previously stated in an interview that season 2’s tone would take a darker turn. Sonnenfeld said:
“Tonally, we have more action, and things are little darker and sadder.”
“Now that we’re in season 2 — and I think the same is true with the books — now the Baudelaires can start to take some control and try and take more action. I think season 2 ends up being a little bigger in its scope and scale, but also allows for a little bit of a more fevered heartbeat from our protagonists.”
Check out the trailer below: