With a sneer, a belch, and a killer hook, Netflix’s Russian Doll debuted in February 2019. Tough, smart-ass New York video-game designer Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) drinks, smokes, and fornicates her way through her 36th birthday, then dies brutally while tracking down her missing cat.
Then she wakes up at her birthday party, and the entire night repeats itself. And once more. And once more. It’s like Groundhog Day, but with more grot and shouting, existential anxiety, and an early midlife crisis – and critics and audiences loved it.
Will, there be a second season,? Yes! In June 2019, Netflix announced a second season.
After seeing season one, you might believe the story is over. How could they possibly do it again?
Leslye Headland said, “We pitched Netflix three seasons of the most bonkers, heartfelt, passionate, this-is-what-we-truly-feel-like-is-our-story-to-tell idea.”
He further added, “Great, the more of that the better.”
Lyonne said, “I think where Russian Doll has been successful is that there’s a very clear sense of character in Nadia so that you can have very high-concept things happen to her, but they always feel earned. They’re backed by some sort of lived experience so they don’t feel like they’re floating in space or completely in the realm of sci-fi.
“From that perspective, I have some big ideas, and I think this show will continue to work so long as that journey continues to be interesting and worth watching and new. I want to be learning in real-time along with her and along with our audience.”
Below we have mentioned everything you need to know about the second season of Russian Doll.
When Can We Expect the Second Season of Russian Doll?
According to Production Weekly, filming began in May 2020, which meant we may be looking at a 2021 launch. Hence, we were mistaken. COVID-19 threw a spanner in the works of even the most well-oiled production processes, but the good news is that filming is now over, post-production is almost complete, and we finally have an official release date.
The second season of Russian Doll is set to premiere on April 20, 2022.
We know this because Netflix released a teaser for the show, which you can watch below.
Nadia, played by Natasha Lyonne, appears to wake up on a New York subway train that is headed eerily into the dark, then walks up from the earth through a cemetery.
Hold on, things are about to get gruesome. It’s unclear whether Nadia will be trapped in another life-death cycle. While the multiple-life video game structure was undeniably popular in the first season – indeed, it was the fundamental premise – there’s no guarantee they’ll try it again. After all, performing the same thing over and over again could come across as lazy or uninteresting, which this show has never been.
Who Will Appear in the Second Season of Russian Doll?
Natasha Lyonne is unquestionably a shoo-in, whether she’s dead or living. She is one of the executive producers, directors, and writers alongside Headland and Amy Poehler). Her harsh, damaged persona pervades the show like nicotine and booze, and it would be impossible to imagine it without her.
Lyonne said in an interview, “I really believe in the underlying goodness in the admission of brokenness. That’s very important to me as a value system. I think we’d be a much happier species if we could just all admit how broken we are in so many ways. Then we would really discover that we’re actually okay.
“And that doesn’t mean not participating in life – it means having the freedom to participate in life as you actually are.”
She further added, “Of course, it’s a fictionalized show, but it was scary for me to be so honest and autobiographical.”
It’s also thrilling to discover that her pal Alan will be joining her, according to the teaser. Charlie Barnett played an important role in the initial season, but it’s uncertain how Alan will reconcile with Nadia for the second season until we learn more about the upcoming season. However, we do know he has a mustache, which is important to know about anyone.
In an interview, Lyonne said, “The beauty of the power of the writers’ room is that Alan was a very different character in the original pitch and pilot. Month two of the room is where he really came alive.
“Before then, he had been a whole variety of other figures, and now, looking back, imagining that show without Alan is almost impossible.”
Maxine and Lizzy, two of Nadia’s pals, are also set to appear.
While Nadia received some closure in the season one conclusion, we wouldn’t be shocked if Chloe Sevigny reprises her role as Lenora Vulvokov, Nadia’s problematic mother, at some point in the future.
Sevigny said, “I don’t think people understand the gravity of that, how much of the show was based on things around her mother.”
“It was very emotional and upsetting and cathartic. On a human level, on a best-friend level, it was pretty deep.”
Annie Murphy from Schitt’s Creek will join the cast, along with Carolyn Michelle Smith and Sharlto Copley from District 9.
Lyonne told EW, “Smith’s character is a “core component and the heart of the season” who explores “the nature of mortality” with Nadia. “There are some serious motherf**kers on that Russian Doll show – on a human level – and she’s definitely one of the good guys.”
What Is the Expected Plot of Russian Doll Season 2?
“What you see is a character that’s going after a spiritual or an existential goal, as opposed to one that has to do with something external that’s within the world or defined by someone else,” says Headland at the start of season one.
The important thing is that anything Nadia does not fall into traditional comedy-drama motherhood or relationship satisfaction cliches.
Poehler went on to examine the show’s treatment of female characters in an interview with Vanity Fair.
She said, “Russian Doll really came out of a conversation that Natasha and I started having about roles for women, and about how a lot of our really iconic television characters that are acted by men are really allowed to be many things at once.” “Deadly, tender, sexy, and cold – they can be all of these things at the same time.”
“I think we were kind of laughing about the only way a female character would be able to do it is if she could re-do her part over and over again.”
Instead of opposing the premise, Netflix embraced it, according to Headland.
“Instead of saying, ‘Can you make it more conventional, so that more people like it?’ they said, ‘Actually, can you push it more into an original space, a riskier space?'”
So expect a more in-depth hunt for the truth in season two. Perhaps Nadia might assist someone else in regaining their confidence? Maybe in season two, instead of time loops, she’ll start having flashforwards. Be prepared for the unexpected.
Lyonne said, “I’m pretty excited about some of our early conversations and to see where they really lead by the time we start putting pen to paper in a dedicated way, once we get back into the room, But the early notes are pretty heavy.”
She further added, “It’s… you want to jump off a cliff creatively… I think I’m going to give you a series of murky answers but suffice to say, I’m very moved that people are interested in the deep end and that was the revelation of Russian Doll connecting.
“So I guess my intention in our plans is to continue to dig deep in a way that is aesthetically enjoyable and feels funny on your insides.”
“I definitely have ideas that range from the really out-there anthology to staying on board with our friend Nadia. And maybe it’s all one idea. Certainly, what we pitched and the heart and soul of Russian Doll, I’d love to continue to get to work in that way. It’s very satisfying and kind of wild, “ Lyonne remarked.
“When initially pitched, Nadia was a presence throughout all three of them. But it was not in a very convenient way if that makes sense. She was always a presence, as we knew Lyonne would always be the beating heart and soul of this show. Whether she was being haunted or she was haunting the narrative, she would be there,” said Headland.
Is There any Trailer for Russian Doll Season 2?
Yes! If you haven’t watched the trailer yet, you can check it out below.
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