Russian Doll Season 3: What we know so far

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“You’re a time traveler.” “I prefer the term ‘time prisoner’.”

If you recognize the above sentences, then you know what we are talking about. Yes, the talk of the town, the latest time travel mystery, Russian Doll. The unversed, you are genuinely missing out.

Russian Doll is American comedy-drama series with the concept of time travel playing the most pivotal role. The series came to the screens for the first time back in 2019 with its first season, which was an absolute hit and got renewed for the second season soon after. Now with the second season on air, fans have been speculating about the future of the series, Russian Doll Season 3. 

Created by Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland, and Amy Poehler, the series has received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Lyonne. 

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Here’s what we know about Russian Doll Season 3:

Will there be Season 3 of Russian Doll? 

As of now, Netflix hasn’t released any confirmation regarding the renewal of Russian Doll for a third season. The renewal would be based on the way it performs on the streaming platform in the upcoming weeks. However, the series has proved to be a fan favorite and has been successful in getting itself a considerable amount of following. Given that, Russian Doll Season 3 won’t be much of a surprise for the viewers, considering the fact that the time travel aspect of the story can be endlessly explored and the scope of character and storyline development is always there.

Russian Doll Season 3 Release Date

Since there has been no announcement regarding Russian Doll Season 3, as of now, there is no release date available too. However, if nothing goes south and the renewal announcement surfaces, we can expect it to take nothing less than two years based on the fact that the renewal announcement for the second season was made back in 2019, and the series made it on air in 2022. So, all we can do is keep our fingers crossed for Russian Doll Season 3 to happen soon.

Russian Doll Season 3 Trailer

There has been no new trailer for Russian Doll Season 3, taking into account the lack of the renewal confirmation. However, do take a look at the trailer of Season 2, which has recently hit the screens, and it is as mind-bending as it can be:

The season 2 trailer possesses the ability to twist one’s mind into Arbor Knot. For the unversed, Arbor Knot is a knot that tightens when pulled, so it’s like as you think more about the time travel in Russian Doll, it gets even more complicated to understand. Getting the context? Okay, never mind. 

From what we can gather from the trailer, it seems like the time is broken, and the portal is The New York City Subway. The protagonists Nadia and Alan find themselves in a constant loop of time jumping and finding themselves in random eras and at random places. What’s to find out is the reason why they are thrown in such a predicament and what is their business in the places they find themselves in. Is there any information they are supposed to retrieve, or they are just given a free ride through the time? Watch the series to find out. 

Personal opinion, Greta Lee’s outfits as Maxine absolutely steal the show. 

Russian Doll Season 3 Plot

As of now, there has been no confirmation about what can be next in the time travel mystery for the viewers. However, with the half-smile the season 2 ended with, we can expect her to be sucked into another topsy turvy ride of time travel, portals, future, past, and to some extent, insanity. 

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Russian Doll Season 2 Summary

**Spoilers alert**

Season 2 followed Nadia and Alan’s individual rendezvous with the shocking truths of their family history. Things went haywire for Nadia when a subway took her to the past in her mother, Nora’s body. She takes it upon herself to correct her mother’s wrongdoings, like her act of stealing Nadia’s grandmother’s gold coins and squandering them. But has messing up with the past ever came out to be good for anyone? Absolutely not.

However, that thought came to her pretty later, and by then, she had already taken another trip in the past and ended up in the body of her grandmother, Vera, in a precarious time in Germany (1944), where it was actually life-threatening to be a Jew like her. When she realized the risk she was taking by changing the history, she took a train back home, which comically took her to the 80s right when her mother was in labor. Now the mind-bending part, Nadia gave birth to herself on a subway platform and decided to bring her baby self in 2022 and raise herself to have a life that she herself didn’t get. Twisted, right?

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She brings the baby home and time breaks as expected. She meets multiple Ruths and Maxines and Lizzyies (or Lizzies?) in the hospital, and by that time, she got a clear idea that the time has gone wonky, she encounters her and Alan’s dead bodies from four years ago. To figure out what to do next, Nadia hunts down Alan, who was on his own adventure and landed up in the body of his grandma Agnes. He realized that he couldn’t tamper with the past when he tried to stop his then love interest Lenny from tunneling under the Berlin Wall.

In the present day, he tried convincing Nadia to take her baby self back to where she belonged, but it all went in vain as Nadia was at the edge of spiraling and was fixated on her idea of bringing herself up. But soon realized the gravity of her actions due to the repercussions she found herself in. Alan and Nadia hopped on the train to the past to make everything right but found themselves in the future and got to know that godmother Ruth died alone, and Nadia finally spiraled and abandoned the plan to drop her baby self in the past.

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Alan took off the train with her forcefully, and the two found themselves on the tracks where, a little chat later, got hit by cosmic trains from the opposite sides of the track and found themselves in different portals. Nadia finds herself among an old and young Ruth, a younger and older version of her grandmother, and her own mother, Nora. The choice was right in front of her- whom to give her baby self? Learning the lesson the hard way, she gives herself to her mother in order to sort out the mess she created and, after a heartfelt reunion, comes back to her time. 

The show ends with Ruth’s wake at Maxine’s house. Everyone is there with Nadia to support her and be with her in her worst times. Nadia returns to the bathroom, and we see her familiar half-smile that translates to “Yeah, I got this and I’ll get through it.”

Russian Doll Season 2 Cast

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  • Natasha Lyonne As Nadia Vulvokov
  • Charlie Barnett As Alan Zaveri
  • Elizabeth Ashley As Ruth Brenner (2022)
  • Annie Murphy As Ruth Brenner (1982)
  • Chloë Sevigny As Lenora “Nora” Vulvokov (1982)
  • Irén Bordán As Vera Peschauer (1982/1968)
  • Athina Papadimitriu As Delia (1982/1968)
  • Carolyn Michelle Smith As Agnes
  • Sandor Funtek As Lenny (1962)
  • Ilona McCrea As Vera Peschauer (1944)
  • Franciska Farkas As Delia (1944)
  • Brendan Sexton III As Horse
  • Greta Lee As Maxine
  • Rebecca Henderson as Lizzy
  • Brooke Timber as Young Nadia

How many episodes are there in Russian Doll Season 2?

Russian Doll Season 2 has seven episodes in total, one less than its predecessor, which had eight in total, with a running time of 24–33 minutes. 

Where to watch Russian Doll?

Both the previous seasons of Russian Doll are available for streaming on Netflix.

Stay tuned for more updates on Russian Doll Season 3, and let us know in the comment section below how excited are you for another season.