a series of unfortunate events

All good things must come to an end. At least that’s what they say, but does it have to end so soon? When Netflix announced they would be streaming a series adaptation of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events,’ fans of the book were elated. This bout of happiness rose exponentially when it was also announced that Neil Patrick Harris would not only serve as a producer but would play the lead role of Count Olaf. Season 1 was said to only cover the first 4 books in the series and when that proved to be a bonafide hit for the streaming service, Netflix greenlit 2 more seasons. With only 13 books in all, many concluded that Season 2 would cover books 5-8 and Season 3 would then conclude the book series.  But what about after that? Could the producers of the TV series pull a ‘Game of Thrones’ type move and continue with the characters “off book”?

Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem the case. In a recent interview with TV Guide, Harris has confirmed that Season 3 will be the last for the series:

“We’ve intentionally been very truthful and factual and loyal to the books. We’ve added a few characters that aren’t in the books, we’ve added some songs that you probably couldn’t put into the books, but for the most part, we’re sticking to the structure of what already worked.”

In some ways, this is a relief. Many studios tend to try cash in by continuing on with the story and characters of an adaptation. Some attempts are ultimately run to the ground or the series gets cancelled and leaves fans left with an unresolved cliffhanger.  At least in this case, much like the title of the last novel in the book series, Season 3 of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ will be “The End.”

Season 2 of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ premieres on Friday, March 30, on Netflix. Season 1 is currently available to stream.