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Russian Doll Season 2 is finally coming! release date – everything you need to know

After a long gap, Netflix’s comedy-drama Russian Doll Season 2 is finally releasing soon. Yes, the drama has got its release date on April 20, 2022, on Netflix. After the release of the first run in 2019, the series was renewed for Season 2 back in June of the same year but the filming was delayed for one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The production was originally planned to start on March 30, 2020.

Like the horror movie Happy Death Day, the premise of Russian Doll is Nadia (Lyonne) meeting a grisly end on her 36th birthday before becoming stuck in a time loop and having to relive that same birthday party: over, and over, and over again. The sci-fi series has proved to be a hit with audiences and critics alike. As well as earning a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Russian Doll has won three Primetime Emmys: Outstanding Cinematography, Outstanding Production Design, and Outstanding Contemporary Costumes.

As well as being the lead actor in the TV series, Lyonne also executive produces Russian Doll along with Leslye Headland and Amy Poehler. Now that the wait for Russian Doll season 2 is nearly over, here’s everything you need to know about the cast, plot, trailer, release date, and more.

RUSSIAN DOLL SEASON 2 RELEASE DATE

?WHEN IS RUSSIAN DOLL SEASON 2 OUT

The second season of Russian Doll is set to take place four years after the first one, with Nadia finally getting past her 36th birthday (!) Whether or not Nadia will be plunged into another Groundhog Day-like loop remains to be seen, but it looks like the crux of the show is still existential, as she and fellow time-looper Alan (Charlie Bennett) discover a time portal in New York.

“Discovering a fate even worse than endless death, this season finds Nadia and Alan delving deeper into their pasts through an unexpected time portal located in one of Manhattan’s most notorious locations,” the official Netflix synopsis reads.

 “At first they experience this as an ever-expanding, era-spanning, intergenerational adventure, but they soon discover this extraordinary event might be more than they bargained for and, together, must search for a way out.”

The streaming platform has confirmed the news on Twitter, along with a teaser clip.

On Twitter, Netflix has released stills from the upcoming season, suggesting that some of it may take place in the ‘80s as well as various other time periods. 

RUSSIAN DOLL SEASON 2 TRAILER

?DOES RUSSIAN DOLL SEASON 2 HAVE A TRAILER

As mentioned above, Netflix was kind enough to drop a teaser trailer that hints at the big time loop theme of the season and shows that Nadia’s dark humour and cutting remarks aren’t going anywhere. 

After falling into the time loop on the subway train, which also shows the dreaded bathroom door from her 36th birthday party, Nadia is later seen falling down a flight of steps in the subway, and raises a glass to the universe to declare, “When the universe fucks with you, let it.”

It remains to be seen if a more full-length trailer for Russian Doll season 2 before it drops on Netflix, but either way, it’s not very long to go!

Earlier, in 2019, just after the show was renewed, Netflix released this teaser video:

?What could be the plotline of Russian Doll Season 2

Russian Doll Season 2 will be set four years after Nadia’s fateful 36th birthday party when she is thrown into a Groundhog Day-like scenario in which she dies repeatedly while trying to escape a time loop.

Season 2 will see Nadia and Alan discover a time portal in New York that might bound them to confront their past again in a process that will be tougher than before. Natasha Lyonne, the star, co-creator, and showrunner of the series teases a little bit on it to Entertainment Weekly.

She explained, “It’s definitely a wild ride. It is deep, and deeply off-the-wall.”

“I genuinely think the joy of the game is to watch it with fresh eyes as much as you can in order to be taken by the story,” she explains, not wanting to give away too much. Citing one of her childhood favorites, The Never ending Story, as an example of sorts, Lyonne likes the idea of “saddling up with a book in the attic and letting that world take you away on a journey. I do have this dream that people get to do that with this show.”

“We all pushed ourselves to the limit of what we thought we could make happen visually and through the storytelling… It’s for sure a puzzle box. With my whole heart, I hope that people watch it all and see where the game goes and lands. I can’t believe we pulled it off,” added Lyonne.

RUSSIAN DOLL SEASON 2 CAST

?WHO IS IN RUSSIAN DOLL SEASON 2

Of course, Natasha Lyonne and Charlie Barnett are returning as loop buddies Nadia and Alan, as are Greta Lee and Rebecca Henderson as Nadia’s friends, Maxine and Lizzy. 

A couple of new, exciting additions to the cast this season include Schitt’s Creek’s Annie Murphy and District 9’s Sharlto Copley. While these two new cast members’ roles are not yet clear,  Lyonne told Entertainment Weekly that Carolyn Michelle Smith, another newcomer, would be the “core component and the heart of the season” who helps Nadia explore “the nature of mortality.”

Russian Doll season 2 cast

  • Natasha Lyonne as Nadia
  • Charlie Barnett as Alan
  • Greta Lee as Maxine
  • Rebecca Henderson as Lizzy
  • Annie Murphy in an undisclosed role
  • Sharlto Copley in an undisclosed role
  • Carolyn Michelle Smith in an undisclosed role

?HOW MANY EPISODES WILL RUSSIAN DOLL SEASON 2 HAVE

When Russian Doll was released in February 2019, all eight episodes dropped on the platform concurrently. We know that Netflix likes to keep things uniform so it’s likely there will be eight episodes again, and given the fans have waited so long, they won’t torture us any further by dropping one episode ?a week as opposed to their usual binge-able format right? Right

?HOW CAN I WATCH RUSSIAN DOLL SEASON 2

As a Netflix original, season 2 of Russian Doll, like season 1, will be exclusive to the platform. You know the drill. However, we know Netflix isn’t opposed to a DVD and Blu-Ray release or two, and given it’s released season 1 on these formats, it will be surprising if it didn’t do the same for season 2 at least somewhere down the line. It might be a bit of a longer wait than just watching on Netflix, however.

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