Four months and several inconvenient deaths ago, Netflix watchers were introduced to Nadia and the world of Russian Doll—a series following a woman on her 36th birthday who happens to die and relive that day over and over and over. The entirely female-run series from Natasha Lyonne was met with critical acclaim and a whole slew of fans who helped make it one of Netflix’s biggest successes of the year. But with the way the season ended, the question of a Season Two seemed a bit suspect, until now.
Will there be a Season Two?
Yes. In June, Netflix reported that the show will come back for a Season Two, though the exact date hasn’t been released. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The second season renewal was revealed by Lyonne and Netflix vp originals Cindy Holland during their joint appearance Tuesday at Recode’s Code Conference in Arizona.” Season Two will have the same eight episode run like Season One, though, as Lyonne said at the conference, it will be the “same show, just weirder.”
So what does that mean for Season Two?
Honestly, who knows? For those who have watched the series, the endings for Nadia and her counterpart Alan wrapped up pretty succinctly. Throwing Nadia and Alan back into a time loop seems reductive and completely undoes all the work that made the finale so powerful. But according to Lyonne, ending up in a time loop doesn’t particularly mean that she’s back in her own personal hell. According to conversations with The Hollywood Reporter, the series was pitched for a three season run and Lyonne was suspected to be in all of them.
Executive producer Leslye Headland said, “[Nadia] 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.” That seems to heavily suggest that even if she’s not the protagonist, Nadia could very much be a potential signpost or guide for upcoming seasons.
Lyonne’s character is also a video game coder and that career wasn’t randomly tossed in throughout the first season. Several episodes featured Nadia either discussing video games or actually playing them alongside Alan. While a time loop might seem a bit redundant, a Black Mirror-style situation that has two characters end up inside a video game could absolutely be a move that the series could make. It’s also packed with minor characters who carry their own potential time loops. As long as we get more “Sweet birthday baby,” then it’s all good.
The series renewal comes at an interesting time for both Netflix and Lyonne. As the streaming service prepares to say goodbye to one of its longest running series, Orange is the New Black, that leaves a critical hole for the service and some free time on Lyonne’s hands. Hopefully that means even more Russian Doll because as the show itself proves: if you can get the algorithm and the message right, then you’re all set for the future.