One of the things fans most love about A Series of Unfortunate Events is the array of colourful characters that populate the weird and wonderful Lemony Snicket universe. The successful Netflix series has done a brilliant job of bringing some of these to life.
Throughout Season 1, we saw some popular characters from the books make welcome appearances. These include Josephine Anwhistle, Justice Strauss, Dr. Georgina Orwell and Sir. All portrayed by some stellar acting talent – namely Alfre Woodard, Joan Cusack, Catherine O’Hara and Don Johnson, respectively.
We interviewed series producer Barry Sonnenfeld, who also directed four of the first season’s eight episodes: he told us that they’re planning to bring all 13 books to the small screen. The first season covered the first four books. Season 2 will cover the next five across 10 episodes with the final four books split across eight episodes in Season 3.
As the trailer for Season 2 drops and the release date is announced — March 30 — we take a timely look at which characters from the books we could see introduced to the series. And with Season 3 already greenlit, there will be even more to follow when the final season eventually hits screens.
Beware, though, what you’re about to read contains POTENTIAL SPOILERS!
We were introduced to the Quagmire siblings in the finale of Season 1. But as we go into Season 2 and book number 5, The Austere Academy, which the first two episodes look set to focus on, we’re hoping that Carmelita Spats might make an appearance. The book covers the Baudelaire children’s time at Prufrock Preparatory School where they are sent to board, and where they meet the Quagmires.
This means that they might also run into Carmelita Spats, a nasty, mean little girl at Prufrock with a fine line in insults. She refers to the Baudelaires as “cake-sniffing orphans”. She is a spoiled child and is arrogant, rude and even violent, according to Lemony Snicket.
Vice Principal Nero
The vice principal at the school, Nero is a bad violinist who forces the students to watch him play on a nightly basis – six hours at a time. And if they fail to attend, he punishes them by making them buy him a big bag of sweets and watch him eat them. He’s a strict taskmaster who ties students’ hands behind their backs at mealtimes as another form of punishment.
He favours Carmelita Spats, and hates the Baudelaires. He expels the siblings for ‘cheating’ on their exams.
Mr Remora is a teacher at Prufrock Preparatory School. His first love is bananas, which led directly to his retirement after he choked on one. He makes his students write tedious short stories which he then reads aloud in class. After his retirement, he was replaced by Kit Snicket, sister of Lemony and Jacques.
Moving onto Episodes 3 and 4 which looks set to feature the plot from book six, The Ersatz Elevator, Jerome Squalor becomes a guardian of the Baudelaire children.
Though he is on the Baudelaires’ side, he doesn’t believe them when they try to tell him about Count Olaf. He is married to Esmé, who leaves him to join Count Olaf’s troupe. Jerome is trusting, and rich, and Esmé takes advantage of him.
Esmé is a key player in the Unfortunate Events universe. She is obsessed with fashion and status, and eventually gets into a relationship with Count Olaf. Who ends up leaving her because of her slavishness to fashion.
She is all about money and appearance, and what’s in fashion, even if that means turning to crime. At first, she refuses to take in the Baudelaire orphans because orphans are ‘out’ then declares she took them in because they’re now on-trend. She sees Carmelita Spats as a daughter figure and as a sort of mini-me, lavishing her with stylish gifts.
Jacques is a member of the V.F.D., which stands for Volunteer Fire Department. And although its primary purpose is to put out fires, it’s actually a secret society that carries out humanitarian acts.
He is the elder brother of narrator Lemony Snicket, and twin to Kit. He wrote a couple of incendiary articles for The Daily Punctilio, the City’s main newspaper, about the truth behind a fire at the Royal Gardens.
He pops up only briefly in The Vile Village, where he is mistaken for Count Olaf. He is murdered by Olaf, who blames the Baudelaires for his death.
A journalist at The Daily Punctilio, which largely deals in fake news. Geraldine is one of the chief originators of its erroneous stories. A fan of Esmé Squalor, she is behind headlines such as ‘Murderer Attempts to Murder Murderer’ and ‘Count Olaf Thinks Up Idea For Lion Show’.
She first appears in the eighth book, The Hostile Hospital, but is referenced before this in its predecessor, The Vile Village, when the Baudelaires read her newspaper articles.
Cropping up in the ninth book, The Carniverous Carnival, Olivia Caliban is a fraudulent fortune teller at Caligari Carnival, which she is also the proprietor of.
She is also the Baudelaires’ ninth guardian. Calling herself Madame Lulu, she gets fortune-seekers to close their eyes while she researches the answers to their questions.
Count Olaf consults Madame Lulu to track down the Baudelaires and seems to believe in her psychic abilities.
There are plenty more characters from the next five books that could make an appearance – and beyond that another four books worth of material to draw from. We’re excited to see where the series will go next, which characters will appear and which actors will feature. But in the meantime, if you haven’t yet caught the first season, all eight episodes are currently available on Netflix. Check out the trailer below for a taster.
This article was originally published on February 2, 2017. It has been updated to include the trailer and release date news for Season 2.