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Who was the “real” J.S.?

The elusive J.S. hovers over the plot of the later half of “A Series Of Unfortunate Events”, acting as a mysterious, unseen presence no character seems able to identify. All we know is that this J.S. somehow wishes to get his/her hands on the Sugar Bowl, but no member of VFD can ascertain to which side of the Schism this person is affiliated. Some believe the real J.S. is dead and currently impersonated by various individuals. This matter is a major concern throughout “The Penultimate Peril”, with many characters following J.S.’s orders or trying to unmask him/her. Dewey apparently runs the show but dies before bringing the entire charade to light. The question remains: who was J.S., really? None of the five possible candidates seem to satisfy the facts entirely:

  • Jacques Snicket dies long before J.S. starts spanning his/her web of conspiracies,
  • Justice Strauss and Jerome Squalor only join VFD very late into the game, and exhibit a very limited knowledge of the entire ordeal,
  • Julio Sham appears to only be a past alias of Count Olaf, who wouldn’t want to attract attention on himself,
  • J., an unidentified individual who disguises him/herself as “Captain S.”, the owner of the Prospero, rather seems to be involved in a separate plot to embark the Incredibly Deadly Viper aboard the Prospero. Recent investigations suggest he might have been Jacob/Jake Snicket, Lemony’s father, because of his implication in the Valorous Farm Dairy.

So, who’s left, really? Is this J.S. someone the reader is supposed to remember from past plots? And why would he/she feel the sugar bowl is rightfully his/her? Find out a possible solution after the cut.

NOTE TO READERS: This theory is so dense we had to cut it in two parts. This first half will concentrate on the events from Book 1 to 11 in “A Series Of Unfortunate Events”. The second half has yet to be written; it will focus on “The Penultimate Peril” and the mysterious taxi driver’s involvement in the overall J.S. mystery.

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