How Do Count Olaf & Lemony Snicket Know Each Other On 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events'? They Go Way Back
(Warning: this post contains unfortunate spoilers from Episode 8.) The first season of Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events was filled with enough twists and turns that fans are probably wondering what it all means. Throughout the eight episodes, the narrator, Lemony Snicket, made it clear he was very aware of the Baudelaire children's troubles and Count Olaf even mentions his distaste for Lemony a few times. So how do Count Olaf and Lemony Snicket know each other on A Series of Unfortunate Events? The season finale gave fans a very big clue in the final few moments of the episode.
After the Baudelaire and Quagmire children are all taken to the Prufrock Preparatory School (though neither set of siblings knows about the other yet), the camera zooms in on an old photo of past students at the school. In the photo a younger Count Olaf and Lemony Snicket can be seen together and, although they obviously don't get along now, they definitely seemed friendly in the image. Based on the photo, it seems the two weren't only classmates, they were also close friends, which begs the question, what happened between them? Was Count Olaf once a good person that became a villain? Did the split in their friendship cause Count Olaf to become evil? There's so many questions the show still has to answer.
What we know so far is Count Olaf was somehow connected to the secret society the Baudelaire and Quagmire parents were all involved in, which also included the likes of Uncle Monty, Aunt Josephine, and Mr. Poe's former assistant, Jacquelyn. It seems Lemony was also in this group, or at least had some affiliation with it as well, because the waiter that Count Olaf and his henchman capture had a conversation with Count Olaf about whether or not Lemony is in fact still alive.
The waiter was clearly also apart of the society, so if he knew Lemony, it's most likely that our beloved narrator was part of the group as well. Plus, how else would Lemony know all this stuff if he wasn't? I mean, I know that narrators are supposed to be all-knowing regardless, but it feels like there's a bigger connection at play here.
Hopefully there will be a second season of A Series of Unfortunate Events so we can get all the answers we need. They can't just leave us hanging like this. Right?