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Neil Patrick Harris Dishes on A Series of Unfortunate Events, Season Two

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It’s been over a year since Netflix released Season 1 of A Series of Unfortunate Events, so if you haven’t binged by now, what are you waiting for? Based off of the bestselling books by Lemony Snicket (a.k.a. Daniel Handler), the show has seen so much more success than the 2004 movie of the same name. Starring Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf and Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes and Presley Smith as the Baudelaire children, this original Netflix series is incredible — and its second season premieres today!

So if you’re wondering what to expect from the next season, you’re in luck ’cause Neil cleared everything up for us. With every two episodes portraying a different book — and a different disguise for Count Olaf — the show will take viewers to The Austere Academy, The Ersatz Elevator, The Vile Village, The Hostile Hospital, and The Carnivorous Carnival.

“We shoot them in blocks like that with a different director [and] different sets,” Neil explained in an interview with Clevver.com. “The world is unique to those episodes.” Check it out:

So while the show may be organized the same way the first season was, this next installment does still promise some major differences. For starters, Neil will be acting as Count Olaf and his many disguises bigger and better than ever!

“I watched Season 1 narcissistically to see what it was I thought I was doing and how it came across,” the 44-year-old actor said. “I thought I was giving very garish expressions to find out that they weren’t as ginormous as I had thought, so I’m appreciating that prosthetics force you to even act bigger.”

We can’t wait to see how he approaches Olaf this time around — but we’re most looking forward to all of the cast additions! Although A Series of Unfortunate Events has stayed pretty true to the books, there will be some characters on Season 2 who play a much larger role than they did in print. So expect some more screen time from Sara Rue, the librarian at Prufrock Prep, and Patrick Breen, the waiter.

But why have these two been given more space in the script?

“We’ve had to talk more about the VFD and the organization and who runs it and what it means,” Neil said. “That’s a big giant question mark throughout the books as you’re seeking answers as the Baudelaires are. But as a narrative on Netflix, you need a little bit more information. These other characters are through lines that help explain and keep the backstory alive.”

And speaking of cast members, guess who was just announced as the newest addition? Allison Williams from Girls and Get Out will be joining the cast, although she hasn’t confirmed which role in particular she’ll be taking on. Maybe Kit Snicket? Only time will tell!

We’re just wondering if there’s any chance NPH’s kids will ever make cameos on the show. Even though they’re only seven, they have been on set — and they pull off crazy cool Halloween costumes with their dads year after year. And come on, they’ve even seen the show!

“They were a little bit young […] but they were fine,” Neil joked. “The nightmares are subsiding.”

And even though his kids aren’t quite the right demographic for this series, Neil is SO glad A Series of Unfortunate Events caters to middle school kids and teenagers. Although the story is great, it’s the scenery that he’s most excited to treat those age groups to. The show does combine green screens with fantastically built sets, after all!

“[They] get the short end of the stick creatively a lot of times,” NPH said. “They’re pandered to occasionally with content that might be educational, but looks inexpensive. So I just think this is great. […] They’re chewing on scenery that’s really impressive to look at.”

But while we (unfortunately) won’t get a look at those sets until we get a chance to watch the second season, take a look at this instead! There’s nothing like a Lemony Snicket-themed celebratory tattoo:

Neil got this ink on his ankle to celebrate the second season of his show getting picked up, and we couldn’t be happier! But to make things even better, we already know that Season 3 is a go. How? Because Neil spilled some set secrets when we spoke with him. Get this!

“We’re doing an episode on Season 3 right now called ‘Slippery Slope’ that almost all takes place on a mountain, a snow-covered mountain, where the kids are careening down the side,” he said. “It’s unbelievable. It’s something out of a Disney theme park queue line that lasts forever, but they do it and have to dump it as soon as it’s gone.”

As much as we cannot wait for that, we are clearly getting a little ahead of ourselves here. Season 2 is on Netflix now, so buy some snacks and round up your besties because you guys have the whole weekend to binge-watch all ten episodes. Enjoy!

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