The second season of Netflix’s adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events still feels fairly recent, so the third and final season arriving soon is a pleasant surprise. Well, an unpleasant one, as “Lemony Snicket” would tell us. With less than a month until release, Netflix released a new trailer, giving sneak peeks of story elements that readers of the books will be familiar with.
Season three is an adaptation of the remaining four books of Daniel Handler’s book series, the entries being The Slippery Slope, The Grim Grotto, The Penultimate Peril, and The End. At this point, the series moved away from its usual formula of the Baudelaire siblings going from guardian to guardian, with Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) in pursuit, usually in disguise. The trailer makes a big deal of the Hotel Denouement, an important location in The Penultimate Peril that hosts many of the previous characters from the series in a single event.
While I do admit to being a fan of the original books, I have to admit that the last third of the series is where my memory gets a bit flimsy. Without eccentric guardian characters and distinct locales to hone my memory to, it gets lost in all of the outside adventures and VFD-related conspiracies that follow. To be quite honest, I barely remember anything about The End, so I look forward to seeing how they depict it.
The Netflix show has done a pretty good job expanding on the VFD mysteries with extra characters following the events of the story and working behind the scenes for the Baudelaires and against Count Olaf. Those scenes might be distracting to some, but it acts as nice supplementary material to those who have already read the books.
Expect the final season of A Series of Unfortunate Events to stream on Netflix starting January 1, 2019.