One of the best Originals of 2019, Russian Doll has been confirmed for a second season! With fans ecstatic to learn that the Netflix Original is returning many are already demanding to know what we can expect from the upcoming second season. Well here’s everything we know so far on Russian Doll Season 2 including the plot, cast, trailer, and release date updates.
Russian Doll is a Netflix Original comedy-drama series created by Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler, and Leslye Headland. The series has become one of the best series of 2019 and easily ranks as one of the best Originals to be released in a long time. Inspired by the likes of Groundhog Day it’s easy to see why the series resonated so well with audiences. Its fun but often dark comedy showcased just how talented Natasha Lyonne is as both actress and writer.
Nadia is the guest of honor at her own birthday party, thrown by her best friend. When Nadia accidentally dies after being hit by a car she mysteriously ends up back in the bathroom of the party she was attending. Confused and believing she was drugged, when Nadia begins to die over and over she starts to question her own sanity as she tries to break the cycle of death she can’t seem to escape.
Will the story from the first season continue?
This will definitely be the largest question on everyone’s mind. If we take into consideration how the first season ended, it was definitely left up to the audience to interpret. The final shot of the finale did seem to indicate that Nadia and Alan somehow managed to transcend realities and reunited. Or was it simply just one of the millions of timelines that may have happened?
The scenarios for the story we foresee are the following:
The Story Continues with Nadia and Alan
Both Allen and Nadia really grew close throughout the first season, with each influencing the other to become a better person. Alan and Nadia’s purpose to escape the time loop appeared to be by saving each other. But there is potential in utilizing the timelines depending on your interpretation of Season 1’s ending.
If the story continues with Alan and Nadia’s timelines crossed over and they are reunited It’s hard to see where the story could go. This is because both characters were allowed to experience an extensive amount of character growth, so for them to regress seems like a poor choice. Arguably we learned more about the past of Nadia than what we did Alan, therefore, there’s room to explore that element of the story. Along with Nadia growing to the idea of being with John and accepting his family could be how the story progresses Nadia’s character further. How this impacts the timeline, we’ll let the writers decide.
Alternatively, it would be fun to see the perspective of both timelines from the POV of the Alan and Nadia who saved the other (much like what happened in the season finale). This would explore two timelines in the narrative with an added emphasis on how much one decision can impact the lives of you and those around you. Not to mention the Alan and Nadia that never experienced the time loop would need to experience character growth once again.
A fun idea would be to make the Alan and Nadia who didn’t experience the time-loop do so, effectively following 2 new characters in the time loop. Meanwhile the Nadia and Alan we followed in the first season now have to help break the cycle. While this all may sound very confusing, the table below may help you understand by what we mean.
|Timeline||Experienced Time-Loop||Didn’t Experience Time-Loop|
Two timelines. Two Nadias and two Alan’s. One helping the other escaping the time-loop and becoming better for it.
Different Characters Become Trapped in the Timeloop
Throughout the first season, we were treated to a very intriguing cast of colorful characters. If Nadia and Alan have truly escaped the time loop then perhaps one of their friends such as Maxine becomes trapped. Alternatively, Nadia and Alan’s former flames Mike and Beatrice (who had an affair together) could become the focus of the series. With Mike’s womanizing ways and Beatrice’s cheating, it would definitely make for interesting storytelling.
By using Mike and Beatrice you could still use the characters of Nadia and Alan to propel the story further.
A New Cast
Arguably the least likely of the three scenarios we could see an entirely new cast with a story completely
The least likely of the three scenarios, there is a possibility that an entirely different cast could be used for Season 2. By using the same/similar concept there is room to explore the time loop narrative in an alternate light. This would make the series an anthology but we don’t believe the writers behind the show forsee the series heading down that road.
The fact that Natasha Lyonne herself said the show was originally pitched as a three season series, definitely would suggest there’s more story to touch upon with Nadia and Alan but its fun to speculate regardless.
Who is in the cast of Season 2?
There’s no official confirmation on who’s returning for the next season of Russian Doll. If the series continues the story of Alan and Nadia then we can expect the following cast members to return:
|Role||Cast Member||Where have I seen/heard them before?|
|Nadia||Natasha Lyonne||Orange is the New Black | American Pie | Slums of Beverly Hills|
|Alan||Charlie Barnett||Private Romeo | Chicago Fire | Chicago P.D.|
|Maxine||Greta Lee||Sisters | Money Monster | Inside Amy Schumer|
|Ruth||Elizabeth Ashley||Stagecoach | Windows | Happiness|
|Mike||Jeremy Bobb||Godless | Manhunt: Unabomber | The Knick|
|Horse||Brendan Sexton III||Boys Don’t Cry | Empire Records | The Killing|
|Lizzy||Rebecca Henderson||Manhunt: Unabomber | Westworld | Appropriate Behaviour|
|Farran||Ritesh Rajan||The Last Airbender | The Happening | The Jungle Book|
|John Reyes||Yul Vasquez||Bad Boys 2 | The A-Team | Runaway Bride|
Once filming begins we’ll have news on casting information then.
Where is production up to?
Filming is yet to begin but Season 2 is effectively in pre-production. Considering the length of time between production of season 1 ending and the announcement of the renewal, it would be safe to assume that all of Season 2 has been written and a script has been developed.
It wouldn’t be a stretch to suggest that filming will begin later this summer.
Are there any stills/images for Season 2?
Not just yet. We’ll update below with images from the cast members social media and the eventual promotional material that will be released for Season 2.
How many episodes can we expect from Season 2?
Considering the first season only had eight episodes we’d expect the second season to return with the same amount.
What are the run times of each episode?
We’d expect each episode to have a similar run time to that of Season 1. Which means each episode would be around thirty minutes.
Is there a trailer for Season 2?
Don’t expect to see a trailer for quite some time. Natasha Lyonne helped make the announcement that Season 2 is on the way with a post on her Instagram page.
When is the release date?
The release date for Russian Doll hasn’t been confirmed as of yet. If the production of the first season is to go by anything then we aren’t expecting to see Russian Doll return until 2020. We’re speculating that the series will arrive in February 2020 at the earliest.
What time will I be able to stream Russian Doll Season 2?
The following table below are the times that Russian Doll will be available to stream in the different regions across the world:
|Time Zone||Time available to stream|
|Pacific Standard Time||12:00 AM|
|Mountain Standard Time||1:00 AM|
|Central Standard Time||2:00 AM|
|Eastern Standard Time||3:00 AM|
|British Summer Time||8:00 AM|
|Central European Time||9:00 AM|
|Eastern European Time||10:00 AM|
|India Standard Time||12:30 PM|
|Japan Standard Time||16:00 PM|
|Australian Eastern Time||18:00 PM|
|New Zealand Day Light Time||20:00 PM|
Netflix releases all of its latest titles from Midnight PST (Pacific Standard Time). This means for anyone living in regions the other side of the world have to wait until the evening before titles are available to stream.
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