Natasha Lyonne’s 2019 time-loop comedy Russian Doll became better and better with each passing episode, as seen by the soaring popularity of season one. There is a Netflix original about hard-partying New Yorker Nadia (Lyonne), whose 36th birthday becomes tragic, and which puts her in a scenario similar to Groundhog Day, where she must die repeatedly to uncover the riddle of what killed her in the first place. Nadia meets Alan (Charlie Barnett) around halfway through the season, who is also caught in a cycle. A hugely successful programme that received plaudits and Emmy nominations for its portrayal of a time-bending odd couple seeking to get unstuck resulted from the pairing.
Lyonne, Amy Poehler, and Leslye Headland made it clear from on that they were open to a multi-season storyline for Russian Doll, even though many thought the first season was perfectly self-contained. Then, in June 2019, the programme was officially renewed for a second season following its February 2019 launch. After a long wait and an unclear finale, you’re undoubtedly wondering where the show’s going in the new season, which just premiered on Netflix. Here’s a look at everything we know so far about Russian Doll Season 2.
When will Season 2 of Russian Doll be released?
Season 2 is a great idea! It’s finally going to be a while before the show starts. In February 2022, Natasha Lyonne shared the first images of the new season on Instagram and said it was “coming soon
Those of us who watched the show when it first aired in the winter of 2019 can’t believe it’s been so long since we saw Nadia’s horrified face in the mirror in the bathroom! (over and over again). Pandemic: Production on the show had to be put on hold when it happened. This meant that the show’s planned filming in spring 2020 had to be put on hold. Our best guess is that we will be travelling through the multiverse with Nadia again in spring 2022, after a long, long time away from her.
Who in the cast will be back for Russian Doll Season 2?
During the first season, Nadia and Alan (Charlie Barnett) were finally able to get out of their time loop and have a little parade in lower Manhattan. This may have seemed like a good ending to their stories at first. That’s not the only thing Headland said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Nadia will always be a part of the show in some way, even if the show goes in another direction. “When the idea was first put forward, Nadia was there for all three [seasons]. Even so, it was not done in a very traditional way, if that makes sense. She was always there, because we knew that Lyonne would always be the heart and soul of this show. A ghost or a ghost storey? She would be there, no matter what.”
It looks like the long wait for more Russian Doll is going to be worth it, based on the interesting names joining the cast. In early March 2021, Variety said that Annie Murphy, who played Alexis Rose in the first season of Schitt’s Creek, will be back for Season 2. There aren’t many details about her character, but based on her Emmy-winning performance on the show, the more tense comedy of her new AMC show Kevin Can F**k Himself, and the style of Russian Doll, her role should be fun. In the movie, she’s supposed to be one of Nadia’s “good guys,” but we don’t know a whole lot about her yet. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lyonne said her character will meet someone who will be a “ally.” She also said that she is a “core component and the heart of the season” who will help her character understand “the nature of death.”
Murphy isn’t the only new cast member. Carolyn Michelle Smith (Colony, House of Cards) also joined the group in mid-March 2021. It’s also not clear who she’ll be playing in the new season, but she’s been chosen to return. Besides South African actor Sharlto Copley, another actor has been cast in a role that isn’t very well known, but is still important. Broadway star Ephraim Sykes (Hamilton) is another person who hasn’t been on stage before. He’s going to be there, but Netflix isn’t going to say anything about who he is. With all the secrecy in the season, we can only hope that they’ll play some weird people.
What will Season 2 of Russian Doll be about?
Until February 2022, three years after Season 1 came out, there were no clues about what Season 2 might be like. Now that the show is getting ready for the Season 2 premiere, Lyonne is finally giving fans some hints about what they can expect. She told Entertainment Weekly that the new episodes actually start four years after the end of Season 1. Her character Nadia and Alan were able to get out of the time loop. But that doesn’t mean that it’ll be a straight-forward storey, either. She called the season a “season.” “It’s a crazy ride.” It is very deep and very off-the-wall.”
In this case, it’s possible that time travel is part of the storey instead of a time-loop. Reporting from EW, “the duo find a fate even worse than dying over and over when they have to go back through their pasts through an unplanned time portal.” A time machine could be in the subway or in the back of Balthazar. Is it possible? We could see it, too!
If they manage to escape their loops, there could be more than one version of each character walking around. This is what Lyonne said in a postmortem about the first season’s unclear ending: “It raises the question of how many different versions of the characters are there all at the same time. That’s certainly something that was thought about. This video game raises the question of whether or not they were in a new situation when they finished that round, or if they were just in the middle of another game.” In the next season, it might be important. We can’t wait to find out what crazy adventure Nadia and Alan have in store for us next