Natasha Lyonne returns with Russian Doll Season 2 this April.
The Emmy Award-winning comedy-drama is returning this time with a far more compelling plot arc, as shown in the trailer released by Netflix. Russian Doll Season 2 is slated to premiere this month, so many fans were taken aback when the streaming service unexpectedly released a trailer.
The trailer did not hold back and has further piqued viewers’ interest with mystery themes and Easter eggs concealed throughout the trailer.
This American comedy-drama TV series was created by Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland, and Amy Poehler that launched on Netflix on February 1, 2019. The series follows Nadia Vulvokov (Lyonne), a game developer who, in an endless time loop, dies and relives the same night and attempts to solve it, which leads her to encounter Alan Zaveri in the same scenario (portrayed by Charlie Barnett).
Lyonne and Leslye Headland executive produce Russian Doll, with Lyonne taking on the role of a showrunner in Russian Doll Season 2. The series was renewed back in 2019 for Season 2. Since then, it has been quite some time, and people have been waiting for the next adventures the characters will explore.
One thing in the trailer that stood out the most was the phrase The Time is Broken which was followed by events that will float time-traveling theories – if they do exist.
As the story picks up four years after Nadia and Alan (Charlie Barnett) met during a tragic time loop that kept ending in their deaths, it will make the transition into the imaginative territory smooth.
The question remains whether the show’s protagonist has any unfinished business to deal with before delving into this hidden strange predicament. So far, the fans have embraced this theme, and only time will tell how Russian Doll Season 2 will be received.
Check out the trailer below:
Here are some of the fan’s reactions to the official trailer:
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Russian Doll Season 2 Release Date
Russian Doll Season 2 will premiere on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.
What should the fans expect to see in Russian Doll Season 2?
As the show prepares for its Season 2 premiere, Lyonne finally reveals some details about what fans can expect.
The new episodes pick up four years after the events of Season 1’s finale, and her character, Nadia and Alan, have managed to break free from the time loop. That doesn’t rule out a linear story. She referred to the season as an “It’s a wild ride,” referring to the puzzle box.
According to the first teaser trailer, the subway will ramp up as a time portal for poor, unwitting Nadia, one of New York City’s most venerable institutions.
Moreover, Gillian Lyonne, the creator of ‘Modern Family,’ says there could be multiple versions of the characters. This raises the question of how many different versions there are in total. “It raises the question of whether they’ve just entered a whole new kind of scenario,” Lyonne had mentioned before.
What is the total number of episodes in Russian Doll Season 2?
Season 2 will reportedly have one episode less than the previous season, implying that it will have 7 episodes.
Russian Doll Season 2 Cast
Netflix hasn’t officially revealed the cast list yet, but all the prominent previous cast members are expected to reprise their roles with some new faces to grace the screen.
Take a look at the main cast members:
- Natasha Lyonne as Nadia Vulvokov
- Brooke Timber portrays Nadia as a child
- Greta Lee as Maxine, Nadia’s friend
- Yul Vazquez as John Reyes, a real estate agent, and Nadia’s ex-boyfriend
- Charlie Barnett as Alan Zaveri, a man who is also stuck in a time loop like Nadia
- Elizabeth Ashley as Ruth Brenner, a therapist and close family friend of Nadia
- Kate Jennings Grant portrays a young Ruth
Many reports suggest that new cast members have joined the cast for Russian Doll Season 2, which are as follows:
Sharlto Copley (Powers), Annie Murphy (Schitt’s Creek), and Carolyn Michelle Smith (Schitt’s Creek) will be joining Lyonne and Barnett this season. Though not much is revealed about their characters, they will definitely add value to the show’s major plot points.
Where can you stream the series?
Russian Doll is available to stream on Netflix.
The overall reception of the series so far:
According to Wikipedia,
The series has received a lot of positive feedback from critics. The first season has a 97 percent approval rating on the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 8.5 out of 10 based on 98 reviews.
The website’s critical consensus reads,
“Russian Doll may be stuck in a time loop, but this endlessly inventive series never repeats itself as it teeters on a seesaw of shifting tones – from fatally funny to mournfully sad – that is balanced with exhilarating moxie by an astonishing Natasha Lyonne.”
Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, gave the first season score of 88 out of 100 based on 26 critics, indicating “universal acclaim.”
Alicia Lutes of IGN gave the first season a 10/10. Praising the series, she adds that it is “an inventive, unpredictable ride that will easily stand as one of the best shows of the year.”
According to IMDb, the series has a score of 7.8 out of 10 with 82k votes.
The official premise of Russian Doll:
Set four years after Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) and Alan (Charlie Barnett) escaped mortality’s time loop together, season two of RUSSIAN DOLL will continue to explore existential thematics through an often humorous and sci-fi lens.
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 New York City subway.
At first, they experience this as an ever-expanding, era-spanning, intergenerational adventure.
Still, they soon discover this extraordinary event might be more than they bargained for and, together, must search for a way out.
Watch Season 1 while you wait for Netflix to premiere Season 2 of Russian Doll on April 20.