Warning: This article contains major spoilers from A Series Of Unfortunate Events.
If you're like me and spent the weekend binge-watching #Netflix's A Series Of Unfortunate Events, you probably now find yourself with a lot of questions. The bizarrely brilliant series made no apologies for keeping us hanging on throughout the eight episodes of the first season, and the season finale was no different, as it left things wide open.
After the eight episodes of the first season left us mystified, let's take a look at five of the most puzzling questions we're left with. Furthermore, let's see if we can figure out where the story goes and solve the mystery surrounding the Baudelaire children and their family history.
Will There Be A Season 2?
As Netflix's A Series Of Unfortunate Events is adapted from the Lemony Snicket book series, it's understandable that you would be left wondering about the show's fate. However, the show only adapted the first four books — each in the format of two-parter episodes — and although it hasn't been officially confirmed by Netflix, the real Lemony Snicket Daniel Handler revealed that they have already begun working on a ten-episode second season which will adapt books five through nine. Moreover, he also revealed that they are simply waiting for Netflix to greenlight a third and final season before the actors portraying the Baudelaires grow too old.
Thus, providing the series does well on the streaming service, we can expect to see a whole lot more of the Baudelaire children and Count Olaf. Look away folks, look away!
What's Next For The Baudelaires?
Some people have a bad day, while others have a bad week. Some even have a bad year. But the poor Baudelaire children seem to have bad lives. Not only did they lose their parents in a terrible fire, they were sent from one guardian to another — none of whom they actually knew — while they were being chased by the wretched Count Olaf, who wanted to steal their fortune. When nobody was left to take them, they were sent to Prufrock Preparatory School.
But as this hopefully isn't the last we'll see from them, what will happen next? Will they finally find the happiness they have been looking for, or will Count Olaf return to plague them again? Judging by the amount of books and thus, future episodes, remaining, I think we can expect a lot more adventures to come. Furthermore, as we last saw them taking part in the brilliant but grim musical number, telling us that happy endings are "not where the story goes", it seems there will be more dark times ahead for Violet, Klaus and Sunny.
Who Are Mother & Father?
One of the #TV show's biggest twists revolved around the second arc that unfolded parallel to the main storyline, which saw two imprisoned parents who vow to return home to their children. Naturally, we were thrilled to discover that Mr and Mrs Baudelaire were alive and well after all this time. They fought valiantly to make it home, and did so. However, that was where the twist came in — they returned home to a large mansion, and to three other children. And thus, we discovered that these were not the Baudelaire children's parents.
This raises a lot of questions, as we're are left wondering about the identity of the man and woman — who are they and why were they imprisoned? Furthermore, do their children have any significance? It should be noted that on the end credits, the children are referred to as the Quagmires. As book readers know, the Quagmires will become more significant in the next installment — but their parents never featured in the books. Of all of them, this could be the biggest question we were left with and I'm sure Season 2 will give us some much-needed answers.
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What Happened To Them?
Now that we've established that Mother and Father are — seemingly Mother and Father Quagmire — we are left wondering what happened to them. After spending all season trying to make it back to their three children — which they successfully accomplished, their house is burnt down with them still inside it. A mysterious figure used a laser to set a family photograph on fire, which in turn ended up burning the house down.
Moreover, as we saw in the musical number at the end, only two of the children end up in Prufrock Preparatory School alongside the Baudelaires. Did the parents and one of their children perish in the fire, or did they all make it out alive and well? Remember, Mother and Father told their children that they had a big day "tomorrow" — was this referring to their induction at Prufrock? Moreover, the Quagmire children had a piece of the telescope-like device that the Baudelaires and Uncle Monty possessed. With a possibly tragic backstory involving parents and fire, a mysterious telescope and now ending up a Prufrock Preparatory School, this is starting to sound eerily similar to the story we just watched unfold. But what is the link between the Quagmires and the Baudelaires?
Who Is Lemony Snicket?
Lemony Snicket is the name of our somber narrator who never misses an opportunity to warn us of the grim events that transpire in the Baudelaires' lives. But how much do we actually know about him? He also seems to be involved in the story, as we constantly see him piecing the puzzle together on his wall. Furthermore, he tells us as much in his own words. But the question is — is he tied to the story more than we think? After all, his enemies tracked him down to his hotel room. And even through we presume he escaped, we have to wonder — who are his enemies, and why are they tracking him? Moreover, who was his deceased love Beatrice, and what is her significance to the Baudelaires' story?
Snicket's origins intrigued us even more when the Season Finale revealed that he was seemingly once a student at Prufrock, as the camera zoomed in on an image of a younger version of him. But the most unsettling thing was the man he was standing with — Count Olaf. It makes us wonder how these two knew each other, and even makes us question why Count Olaf is such a presence in the children's lives. While so much has yet to be revealed, it's clear that Lemony Snicket is a lot more important to the story than he is letting on.
With Netflix's A Series Of Unfortunate Events having finally made its debut on the streaming service — and receiving great reviews — you can bet that the world spent the weekend puzzled by the great mystery that unfolded before their eyes. And as we expected so much of it to be tied up in the Season Finale, the ending came as a shock and left us with a heck of a lot more questions than answers.
If you haven't read the books then you won't know what will come next. But perhaps that's a good thing, as the Baudelaire mystery is alive and well. Whenever Netflix chooses to renew the series for a second season, we will hopefully get more answers. But one thing is certain — there will be a lot more questions.
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(Source: Entertainment Weekly)