This point has been discussed before, and I've yet to hear a satisfactory answer. Season 1's parental survivor plotline was so close a parallel to the Quigley subplot as to be effectively identical: They spend several books setting up what looks like the possibility of the/a Baudelaire parent/s surviving, but then it turns out to be the/a Quagmire/s, despite this not actually fitting all of the hints. I have a hard time seeing how they can run exactly the same subplot twice.
My own suggestion would be: Tweak the Quigley subplot. It never made any sense in the books that he had anything to do with the last page of the Snicket File (not that that last page is even presented consistently; whether the line of text appears above the photograph or below it as a caption alternates every single time it appears), so cut that idea. Instead, have cutaways with Quigley (and Jacques) throughout the season, but either don't show Quigley's face properly or try to trick the viewers into thinking it's a flashforward and that he's actually Duncan. Amend the line revealing his identity in TSS to something more general, like "The only survivor here is me." Give the Baudelaires their false Snicket File hope all the way up until The End, which is the point at which they give up on their parents being alive anyway. Show the page blowing away in the wind and being lost at sea to emphasise the point.
Basically, so long as the Quigley reveal in TSS doesn't appear to be the culmination of the Snicket File subplot, they should be okay.
There's a BRILLIANT analysis on tumblr that basically says the Snicket File was never talking about Quigley at all. It was talking about Beatrice. Short version is that Snicket states that the Baudelaire fire happened in the morning but that his beloved Beatrice died in the afternoon (and of course we all know Beatrice = Mrs. Beatrice). He also says in The Austere Academy that Beatrice and him attended the Dutchess of Winnipeg's masked ball even though The Unauthorized Autobiography clearly states that the masked ball happened after the events of The Reptile Room since Monty's death and the missing reptiles are brought up. Also canon that R.'s palace where the ball took place burned down shortly thereafter. Then in The Hospital Hospital one of the anagrammed names on the list while searching for the Violet anagram is Beatrice Baudelaire. And as we know, the hospital gets burned down by the end of the book (which is the afternoon). So the theory states that there indeed was a survivor of the Baudelaire fire, as the Snicket File implied, and that that survivor was indeed Beatrice. Sadly, she ended up dying in the afternoon in book 8 despite the fact that the Baudelaire fire in book 1 happened in the morning. I think it goes incredibly well with the theme of irony in the novels, particularly since this would mean that the kids were in the same building as their mom for an entire book but didn't even know it. Beatrice had to stay under the radar because Olaf couldn't know she was alive, as that would put the upcoming trial in The Penultimate Peril in jeopardy (it can be assumed Beatrice was going to testify). Point being, Quigley being the survivor of the fire mentioned in the Snicket File never made sense because it wasn't supposed to. It's one of the MANY plot twists in the books that actually happens "behind the scenes" (so to speak) and that readers can only catch if they read carefully. I take no credit for discovering this. It's all snicketsleuth's amazing research. You should definitely check out his/her blog and his/her other theories.
Uyersuyer: *slams fist on table* I DEMAND YOU PEOPLE PAY ATTENTION TO MY RAMBLING
Apr 17, 2018 11:47:09 GMT -5
Terry Craig: hi, Uyersuyer who I've never heard of before. cool to have you back i guess
Apr 17, 2018 15:19:32 GMT -5
Carma: I found out earlier today through fb that Linda passed away earlier today. There's a youcaring fundraiser for her family I can pass on if anyone's interested. I don't know how many people she had friended on fb but ofc she was very important to us here...
Apr 18, 2018 19:08:05 GMT -5
Carma: ...so I would want to make sure that people knew. I could make a thread too, where would be best? MM?
Apr 18, 2018 19:08:46 GMT -5
Chastise: MM is probably the place for it
Apr 18, 2018 19:40:06 GMT -5
Carma: Okay, if she is already, I'll leave it to her
Apr 18, 2018 19:50:56 GMT -5
Zortegus: Trip is gonna make a thread later, and we've been thinking of some ways to collaborate not only to her family but also the many projects, causes and organizations she was part of.
Apr 18, 2018 20:09:48 GMT -5
Songbird: I just found out I'm so sad.
Apr 18, 2018 22:10:57 GMT -5
Mr. Dent: I won't post in her thread since I never truly got to know Linda, but she was still one of the most recognizable people on the forums. She always seemed so vibrant. I don't really know what to say, but I still feel like I should. I'm sorry for your loss.
Apr 18, 2018 23:26:05 GMT -5
Snicket: Been a few days - but I want to chime in with my greetings to Uyersuyer! I remember you!
Apr 21, 2018 0:47:47 GMT -5