Oh, hello. It’s probably been a few months since you’ve binged Russian Doll, but now that the Emmy Awards are creeping up around the corner and it’s nominated for legit everything, it’s front of mind all over again. (Seriously. This show is nominated for ALL the awards...13, to be exact!) Anyway, the greatest news of all is that this amazing series is coming back for a second season. Here are all the details you should know.
Natasha Lyonne announced the news in the most perfect way ever.
Natasha (aka Nadia) casually recreated the most infamous scene from Russian Doll to let us know that season 2 is on the way. Sure, this bathroom is significantly less cool than the one from her birthday party, but I’ll take it.
The last episode might have a few hints for season 2.
Remember at the very end of the last episode, when there were a few Nadias marching through the city? It left the ending of the season up to interpretation, but Natasha says:
“There’s always a million yous walking around,” she told Thrillist. “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.”
Then she mentioned the whole video-game connection to the show. “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?”
If this means Nadia and Alan are going to have to go through that shit all over again...I’m going to need to meditate in between episodes...or something.
Actually, we might get a season 3 too.
When creators Natasha, Amy Poehler, and Leslye Headland originally pitched Russian Doll, it was intended to be three seasons.
“We definitely pitched it as this three-season idea, and yet it’s so interesting to think about how that shapes and morphs in the time since making it,” Natasha told the Hollywood Reporter. “Who knows if we’ll be lucky enough to go back down the rabbit hole. That’s tomorrow’s question. But I think we have some ideas.”
So it sounds like they kind of have this whole story figured out, and Netflix just needs to give them the green light.
Natasha will definitely stay in the cast.
There haven’t been any official casting announcements, but Leslye has assured the world that Natasha will stick around to play Nadia.
“When initially pitched, Nadia was a presence throughout all three of [the proposed seasons],” she told the Hollywood Reporter. But...don’t get too excited just yet. She also says she won’t return in the way we might expect her to.
“It was not in a very conventional 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.”
Uh...does that mean Nadia will become a ghost? I have questions.
A lot of people from season 1 are also coming back.
Cosmo recently caught up with Charlie Barnett (who plays Alan), and while he was super tight-lipped about season 2, per Natasha’s wishes, he did say he’s heard that a lot of people from season 1 are returning.
“Natasha’s pretty good. She knows me well enough that she’s not going to give me anything ’cause I’ll just run my mouth. I’m also really gullible, so she’s told me a lot of things, and then she’s been like, ‘Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit,’” Charlie told Cosmo at Entertainment Weekly’s 2019 pre-Emmys party. “I know that I heard a lot of people are coming back. I don’t know if worlds are changing, expanding...but I’ll leave you with that. I can tell you though that I’m excited and terrified, which is a good place to be.”
There’s no release date yet.
In terms of a release date, Netflix is just not there quite yet. If I had to look into my nonexistent crystal ball and make a wild guess, I’d assume we shouldn’t be expecting anything until the very beginning of 2020, as season 1 dropped in February of this year.
Story includes reporting from Alexandra Whittaker.
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