A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Ending – We finally have some answers! If you’ve been following our series of posts on the ending of A Series of Unfortunate Events, then you know that we’ve been trying to piece together the clues and figure out what happened. Well, we’ve finally done it!
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The Unexpected Death
In the final book of the series, The End, the Baudelaire orphans are finally able to confront Count Olaf, the villain who has been stalking them since the beginning. Unbeknownst to them, Olaf has been working with a secret society known as V.F.D., and he has been using the Baudelaires as bait to lure their parents to him.
However, the plan goes awry and Count Olaf is ultimately defeated. The Baudelaire parents are nowhere to be found, and it is revealed that they actually died in a fire many years ago. The novel ends on a somber note, with the Baudelaire children left alone in the world once again.
The orphans are finally adopted by their loving Aunt Josephine, who takes them in and raises them as her own. Although they live a happy life with Aunt Josephine, the children always remember the unfortunate events of their past and continue to tell their stories to anyone who will listen.
The Baudelaire’s New Guardian
With Count Olaf gone, the Baudelaire orphans are finally free from his tyranny. But their troubles are far from over. With no home and no money, the children must find a new guardian to take them in.
Enter: their wealthy uncle Monty. A kind and eccentric man, Monty is more than happy to have his niece and nephews come live with him. He immediately sets out to make their lives as comfortable as possible, and even adopts a snake as a pet, which the children name “Monty”.
But all is not well in the world of the Baudelaires. It turns out that Monty is being tracked by a secret society known as V.F.D., and that Count Olaf is still very much alive and plotting revenge against the children.
The Baudelaires must use all their ingenuity and courage to prevent Olaf from carrying out his evil plan, and at last find a place to call home.
The Baudelaire’s New Home
While it is never explicitly stated in the books, it is heavily implied that the Baudelaire orphans ended up living with Hector. This is strongly supported by the following evidence:
In The End, when the children are saying goodbye to all of their friends, they say that they will never forget them, implying that they will not be seeing them again. Sunny also says that she will never forget “all the things [she] learned”, which seems to indicate that she will not be learning anything new in the future, as she presumably would if she were going to school.
Additionally, at the end of The End, when Count Olaf is defeated and the Baudelaires are finally free from his clutches, Hector says “Welcome home” to the children. Given that he is the only character who says this, it seems likely that he intends for them to live with him from then on.
Furthermore, in an interview with Lemony Snicket himself, Daniel Handler (the author’s real name), it was confirmed that the Baudelaire orphans do indeed live with Hector in their happily ever after.
After a series of unfortunate events, the Baudelaire children find themselves orphaned and alone. They are taken in by their distant cousin, Count Olaf, who is determined to steal their fortune.
The children escape from Olaf’s clutches and are taken in by a kindly man named Montgomery Montgomery. They live with Montgomery for a short time, until he is tragically eaten by his pet lions.
The children are then sent to live with another distant relative, Dr. Augustus Steps. Augustus is an eccentric scientist who is working on a mysterious project involving a great deal of loud noises and flashing lights.
The children helps Augustus with his project, but they are eventually forced to leave when Olaf tracks them down again.
Olaf catches up to the children as they are boarding a train to safety. He grabs hold of Sunny, the youngest Baudelaire child, and threatens to throw her off the train unless the other two children give him their fortune.
The oldest Baudelaire child, Violet, quickly uses her inventing skills to create a powerful magnet that pulls Olaf away from Sunny and onto the train tracks below. Olaf is struck by an oncoming train and killed instantly.
The Baudelaire children are finally safe and free from Olaf’s clutches. They use their fortune to rebuild Montgomery’s house and live there happily for the rest of their lives.