Last year, Netflix renewed A Series of Unfortunate Events through Season Three, and Neil Patrick Harris has announced that the upcoming season will be its last. This isn't that big of a shock to fans of the Netflix series. The show is based off of the wildly popular book series of the same name by Lemony Snicket, aka Daniel Handler, which has 13 books in total. Season One told the story of books 1 through 4, Season Two took on books 5 through 8, and Season Three will conclude the series with books 9 through 13.
In a new interview, Neil Patrick Harris revealed that A Series of Unfortunate Events will not deviate from the books and go on to a fourth season. Harris stars in the series as well as produces it and he's proud that they've been able to stay true to the books throughout the duration of the series. Though, he did mention that they did add some characters that probably would not have fit in the books. He explains.
"We're three seasons all in. 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."
The first season of A Series of Unfortunate Events premiered on Netflix in January of 2017 with 8 episodes in total that told the story of the first four books in the Lemony Snicket series. Season Two was confirmed last March and is set to premiere on March 30th with 8 more episodes. While there's no release date set for the third and final season, it's safe to assume that it will arrive early next year, possibly in March or April.
The book series started in 1999 with A Bad Beginning and including the rest of the 12 books, A Series of Unfortunate Events has sold over 65 million copies worldwide. The books were turned into a movie and the new Netflix series as well and were published in 41 different languages over the course of the last the last 19 years. All of the book titles are alliterative and they each continue where the last book left off, leading for a linear story throughout all 13 volumes.
While it's not a surprise that A Series of Unfortunate Events will end after the third season, it does throw away hope that the Netflix show could have continued the story after the last book into new territory. It seems that Three seasons telling the story of the 13 books was always the case, according to Neil Patrick Harris. Regardless, Season 2 has yet to premiere and there will be an additional 8 episodes delivered next year. You can read the rest of the interview with Neil Patrick Harris through TV Guide.