In Season 1 of ‘Russian Doll’, the character of Nadia Vulvokov had famously said, “Life Is Like A Box Of Timelines”. And after Netflix officially confirmed Season 2, we bet the chaos and confusion is just going to increase two-fold. Dive in to know more.
A quirky, comedy-drama, starring and co-created by Natasha Lyonne, follows the journey of Nadia, who while celebrating her 36th birthday at a party in New York gets caught in a time loop of life and death.
Nadia is a foul-mouthed, chain-smoking, fearlessly opinionated game developer, who makes the show thought-provoking, entertaining and engaging at the same time. She makes you laugh hard and think hard.
- ‘Russian Doll’ Season 2 announcement
- ‘Russian Doll’ Season shoot begins, but with restrictions
- ‘Russian Doll’ Season 2: Expected cast, plot, release date
‘Russian Doll’ Season 2 announcement
On 11 June, 2019, Netflix officially announced ‘Russian Doll’ Season 2, but fans are still waiting for a confirmed release date. Many were also disappointed after the second season was postponed to an undisclosed date, owing to the global crisis that brought the entertainment industry to a standstill.
Created by Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler, and Leslye Headland, the mystery drama with layers of dark comedy premiered on Netflix on 1 February, 2019. With eight episodes in its kitty, the show bagged 3 Emmy Awards that very year. The series got such an overwhelming response for its first instalment, that the creators announced Season 2 right after two months of its debut.
‘Russian Doll’ Season 2 official announcement by lead actor Natasha Lyonne
‘Russian Doll’ Season shoot begins, but with restrictions
The shooting of ‘Russian Doll’ Season 2 was supposed to begin in May 2020, but considering the global lockdown the creators were compelled to halt production. This has been the fate of almost all movies, shows and projects of 2020. But good news is, according to sources, the filming of ‘Russian Doll’ is set to commence soon, following the new production guidelines set by the government.
The shoot location is going to be New York, but the showrunners have been quite tight-lipped about any development on the production front. ‘Russian Doll’ Season 2 is supposed to span across eight episodes, like Season 1, but with even more mind-boggling twists.
Although the streaming-giant Netflix has kept audiences in the dark about its release date, series co-creator Leslye Headland revealed that ‘Russian Doll’ is designed to have three seasons. In conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, she 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…and they said: ‘Great, the more of that the better. Here are the resources and the support — take off.”
‘Russian Doll’ Season 2: Expected cast, plot, release date
The official plot for ‘Russian Doll’ Season 2 is still under wraps to avoid rumours and speculations, but Natasha Lyonne revealed that her character Nadia is expected to have a major change. Now, what that change will be, we are yet to find out.
At an interview with Thrillist, Lyonne who is also one of the executive producers of ‘Russian Doll’ said that Season 2 will be built upon the video game connecting it with the first instalment.
“In this video game sense, it presents a question of do they in fact enter a whole new sort of scenario in that moment that they kind of completed that round?”
In ‘Russian Doll’ Season 1, we saw Nadia dying again and again on her birthday. The season ended on a cliffhanger when she tried to break away from the cycle, but ended up meeting Alan who was experiencing the same, endless loop of death. When asked about Season 2, Lyonne promised that it will be the “same show, just weirder”.
To top it all, while speaking to Thrillist, she suggested that more versions of Nadia will be expected in the world of ‘Russian Doll’.
“There’s always a million yous walking around. It just depends on which one you’re going to put on today. It raises the question of how many versions [of the characters] are there all together? That’s certainly something that was considered.”
Watch Natasha Lyonne talking on Conan about her ‘Russian Doll’ character’s distinct style
As for the cast of the upcoming season, only Natasha Lyonne’s return as Nadia Vulvokov has been confirmed. Whether Charlie Barnett will be playing the character of Alan Zaveri is not confirmed yet. It is expected to see Greta Lee playing Maxine and Elizabeth Ashley playing Ruth Brenner, as a continuation of the previous season. Chloë Sevigny might also reappear as Nadia’s mother. The new season will have new characters, hence the chances of seeing new faces are no less.
Since the production may have just recently resumed, ‘Russian Doll’ Season 2 is not expected to release anytime before 2021. An official trailer might also drop a few months before the Season 2 premiere. Let us hope we do not have to wait any longer to get our brains all triggered and tangled by the upcoming season. What are your predictions for the new season of ‘Russian Doll’? Tell us in the comments section below!