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Season 1 of Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events is over, and fans now beginning to count down the days until they can see the terrible tale of the Baudelaire children unfold. Fans of the books have been waiting patiently since 2004 to see the rest of the stories make it to the screen. Thanks to Netflix, the first season took us one book further than the 2004 movie starring Jim Carrey.

But it doesn't look like the Netflix series is completely abandoning fans of the movie. In Episodes 7 and 8 (which cover the book The Miserable Mill), actress Catherine O'Hara — who played Justice Strauss in the movie — plays Dr. Georgina Orwell.

This got my hopes up that perhaps Jim Carrey could return to the Snicket series as another character in upcoming seasons. Here's a few roles perfect for Carrey, excluding the one that Neil Patrick Harris currently inhabits.

1. Vice Principal Nero (The Austere Academy)

The end of the first season ends (spoiler alert) with the Baudelaire children being placed in Prufrock Preparatory School, positioned behind the Quagmire twins. The silhouette of Vice Principal Nero can be seen through the door poorly playing his violin.

There would be no better way to kick off the season than having that reveal pay off to be Jim Carrey. Vice Principal Nero would be a great way to showcase Carrey's absurd villainy that was present in the movie, and set up some comedic moments with Sunny as his assistant, as well as the violin concerts.

2. Jerome (The Ersatz Elevator)

Carrey is known for his bold and outlandish roles. It could be fun to see Carrey dial it back and play the cowardly Jerome. Once leaving Prufrock Preparatory School, the Baudelaires find themselves in the care of Esmé and Jerome.

Esmé is a fashion-conscious character who only wants the orphans because orphans are the new "in" trend; Jerome is the cowardly, soft-spoken husband that does everything Esmé demands. It could be fun seeing Carrey play this role attempting to help the Baudelaires, but being too cowardly to do so.

3. Jacques Snicket (The Vile Village)

In the seventh book of the series, the children find themselves being raised in the town of VFD (Village of Fowl Devotees). The townspeople declare they have caught "Count Olaf," and he will be put to death. Although Jacques has a unibrow and the eye tattoo, the Baudelaires know it is not Count Olaf, only a lookalike.

This may be the most fitting role for Carrey. The Netflix series has already made a few jokes and nods about it being a streaming show. What better way to make a nod to the movie than to have Carrey return as Olaf, acknowledge the movie, and have some scenes discussing him looking like Olaf?

4. Singer in the Volunteers Fighting Disease (The Hostile Hospital)

Jim Carrey has some projects coming up, so he may be too busy for a big role, but that doesn't mean he couldn't make a cameo. A singer in the van that takes the children to Heimlich Hospital could be a small role that would let Carrey make a brief appearance, interacting with the Baudelaires again and providing a comedic song or two.

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5. Hugo (The Carnivorous Carnival)

In the ninth book of the series, the Baudelaires find themselves working in the Caligari Carnival. Here they meet a man with a hunchback named Hugo. Carrey is known to dive fully into character — maybe some prosthetics and a complete makeover could bring out a great performance for the series. This would also see Carrey in the role for a number of episodes as one of Olaf's henchmen until Hugo's final appearance in The Penultimate Peril.

6. Captain Widdershins (The Grim Grotto)

In The Grim Grotto, the Baudelaires are in a submarine called the Queequeg, which is captained by Widdershins. Carrey brings immense energy to his performances, and Captain Widdershins, whose motto is "he who hesitates is lost," could use that type of actor. Captain Widdershins is a man who needs to be in control, and Jim Carrey is a man who could easily demand that control.

7. Ernest, Frank and Dewey (The Penultimate Peril)

The Penultimate Peril is arguably the most exciting book in the series. It's where all the living characters from the past books come together for a V.F.D. trial that ends unfortunately. Ernest, Frank and Dewey are triplets who manage the Hotel Denouement, where everyone has gathered. These triplets would give Carrey three characters to sink his teeth into.

Dewey has the largest role in the book, being the father of Beatrice, and this would also allow fans of the movie to see Carrey on both sides of V.F.D. with Ernest being on the side of Count Olaf, and Frank and Dewey on the side of the Baudelaires.

The Netflix series has also added a few characters and stories of its own, so it's possible for Carrey to play someone who isn't even in the books. Either way, it would be fun to see Carrey return to the Snicket series after Catherine O'Hara opened up the possibility. (I'm sure the series could also find roles for Jude Law, Meryl Streep, Timothy Spall, Billy Connolly, and our original Baudelaires Emily Browning, Liam Aiken, and Shelby and Kara Hoffman!)

You can watch and rewatch the first season of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix now.

What do you think? Would you like to see any of the other movie characters return to the series? Who would you want them to play?


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