The first season of Natasha Lyonne’s 2019 twisted time-loop comedy Russian Doll grew in popularity with each death. Nadia (Lyonne) is a hard-partying New Yorker whose 36th birthday ends in tragedy, sending her into a Groundhog Day-like scenario in which she must die over and over again in order to unravel the riddle of what killed her in the first place.
In the midst of the season, Nadia meets Alan (Charlie Barnett), who is similarly imprisoned in a loop. Together, they form a time-bending odd couple attempting to untangle themselves, and the outcome is a very successful programme with numerous critical plaudits and Emmy nominations.
While many commended the show for being self-contained in its first season, co-creators Lyonne, Amy Poehler, and Leslye Headland announced shortly after its premiere that they were interested in developing a multi-season narrative. Several months after its launch in February 2019, the show was officially renewed for a second season in June 2019. Because it’s been a while since the comedy launched on Netflix—and its ending was a little unclear to begin with—you’re undoubtedly interested about where it’s going. Here’s a breakdown of what we know about Russian Doll Season 2 so far.
When will the second season of Russian Doll be released?
Filming began in May 2020, according to Production Weekly, indicating that a 2021 premiere is possible. We were completely wrong. Do you recall all the shady dealings? Even the most well-oiled production machines were thrown for a loop by COVID-19, but the good news is that not only is filming over, but post-production is nearly complete, and we now have an official release date.
On April 20, 2022, Season 2 of Russian Doll will premiere.
Russian Doll’s second season cast
Natasha Lyonne will reprise her role as Nadia Vulvokov in the upcoming episodes, which comes as no surprise given her Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her previous performance.
Nadia’s friends Maxine (Greta Lee) and Lizzy (Chicago Fire’s Charlie Barnett) are reportedly slated to return, as is Alan (Chicago Fire’s Charlie Barnett) (Rebecca Henderson).
It’s unclear whether we’ll see more of Nadia’s unstable mother, Lenora (Chloe Sevigny), or Ruth Brenner, her much-loved family friend and guardian (Elizabeth Ashley).
However, we do know that Annie Murphy, from Schitt’s Creek, has joined the cast for season 2, and Carolyn Michelle Smith (House of Cards) will also have a recurring role, as Lyonne has described her as “the heart of the programme.”
Then, in April 2021, it was revealed that South African star Sharlto Copley (District 9) would also participate in the second run, though his character has yet to be revealed.
Season 2 of Russian Doll has a plot.
The second season of Russian Doll will pick up four years after Nadia’s 36th birthday celebration in the first season, during which she died numerous times while seeking to break free from a time loop.
Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) and Alan (Charlie Barnett) will not have it any easier in season 2, as they face a fate that is far terrible than eternal death.
In the next season, the duo will uncover a time portal in New York, forcing them to confront their history as they try to find a way out.
Season 2 of Russian Doll will “continue to explore existential thematics through an often humorous and sci-fi lens,” according to the official plot synopsis. “Set four years after Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) and Alan (Charlie Barnett) escaped mortality’s time loop together, season 2 of Russian Doll will continue to explore existential thematics through an often humorous and sci-fi lens,” according to the official plot synopsis.
Is there a trailer for Russian Doll Season 2?
Netflix published a teaser trailer after confirming the Season 2 release date. In the video, Nadia can be seen locked in a time loop on a metro train, falling down a flight of underground steps, and lifting a glass to say, “Let the universe f**k with you.”