It’s a good time to be a fan of time-loop comedies – not only has the Andy Samberg-starring Palm Springs recently dropped on Amazon Prime Video, but a second series of Netflix hit Russian Doll is also on the way.
Production on the follow-up season has been majorly affected by coronavirus restrictions, so it’s still unclear exactly when we can expect to see it, but what we do know is that some exciting names are joining the already stellar cast.
The latest star to be announced is South African actor Sharlto Copley, while earlier it was revealed that Emmy-winner Annie Murphy, better known as Alexis Rose on the acclaimed sitcom Schitt’s Creek, will appear in an as-yet-undisclosed role.
Plot details are being kept top secret for the time being, which is particularly intriguing given that the first batch of episodes wrapped up Nadia Vulvokov’s story quite neatly.
Read on for all the details we have on Russian Doll season two.
Russian Doll season 2 release date
Production on the second season of Russian Doll was originally due to commence last year, but hit a major setback when the coronavirus pandemic brought the world to a standstill.
Filming was officially delayed in March 2020, as revealed by Deadline, but the show is getting back on track and is expected to commence filming soon.
Russian Doll was officially renewed all the way back in June 2019, six months on from its premiere on Netflix, with Natasha Lyonne marking the occasion on social media with a video that homages the first season.
Co-creator Leslye Headland told RadioTimes.com back in February 2019 that the creative team originally pitched three seasons of Russian Doll to Netflix, so the story could well extend even further down the line.
Russian Doll season 2 cast
Very little is known about how Russian Doll season two will play out, but Natasha Lyonne will reprise the role of Nadia Vulvokov in the new episodes – hardly surprising given she earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her performance the first time round.
Fellow time loop sufferer Alan, played by Chicago Fire’s Charlie Barnett, is also likely to return, but there’s no word yet on whether Nadia’s friends, Maxine (Greta Lee) and Lizzy (Rebecca Henderson), will join him.
Likewise, it’s yet to be confirmed whether we could see more from Nadia’s troubled mother, Lenora (Chloë Sevigny), or her dearly beloved family friend and guardian Ruth Brenner (Elizabeth Ashley).
However, we do know that Schitt’s Creek star Annie Murphy has joined the cast for season two, although her role is being kept under wraps for the time being, while Carolyn Michelle Smith (House of Cards) will also have a recurring role.
And that news was followed by an announcement in April 2021 that revealed South African star Sharlto Copley (District 9) would also feature in the second run – with his role is similarly unclear at this stage.
Russian Doll season 2 theories
There’s virtually no information about what could happen in the second season of Russian Doll, which is rather impressive given the major leaks that have besieged some other television shows and movies.
Presumably, the show will introduce another mysterious time-loop for Nadia and Alan to work their way out of, but it’s possible the show could go in a new direction entirely.
Keep checking back to RadioTimes.com as we’ll be updating this page with Russian Doll season two plot details as they arrive.
Russian Doll season 2 trailer
There’s no trailer for Russian Doll season two just yet, but Netflix did release this teaser video when the show was renewed that pokes fun at the time-loop premise.
We’ll keep this page updated with the latest clips and images from season two as they come in.
Russian Doll season 1 recap
*Warning: spoilers ahead for Russian Doll season one*
Nadia Vulvokov is an independent and embittered software engineer who dies at her 36th birthday party, before waking up and reliving the night all over again (which always begins with a shout of “sweet birthday baby!” from loyal friend Maxine).
Forced to solve the existential puzzle she’s presented with, Nadia initially thinks that she’s being haunted (or on a really bad trip), until she meets Alan, a man who died by suicide on the same night, and who is also reliving it.
Nadia soon realises that they’re stuck in a repetitive reality similar to that of a video game, where the original night they both died serves as a jumping-off point (see our more detailed explanation of the Russian Doll time loop).
Objects and people begin to disappear as the nights continue, she and Alan discover they have limited time to fix the broken aspect within themselves (for Nadia, it’s her guilt over her mother’s death, while for Alan, it’s the realisation that his girlfriend’s infidelity was partly driven by his own actions).
In the final episode of the series, the pair wake up on the original night — but in separate realities – and in each, the other person doesn’t remember the shared experience.
Using the personal knowledge of one another that they have developed over the numerous time-loops endured together, Alan and Nadia set out to save each other’s lives.