Fans of Netflix’s dark comedy Russian Doll were eagerly waiting for a second season, ever since it’s bingeable first season premiered in February 2019. The time loop formula, metaphorically rich premises and a captivating performance by the lead Natasha Lyonne was enough for this snappy half hour episode series to hook viewers.
RUSSIAN DOLL SEASON 2 RELEASE DATE: 1st MAY 2020? DIDN’T YOU GET THE NEWS?
The show’s three creator Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland, and Amy Poehler originally pitched a dark quirky three seasons of Russian Doll to Netflix and going by its success, Netflix didn’t take long to green lit the 2nd season of Russian Doll.
On June 11, 2019, Netflix announced that Russian Doll is renewed for a second season and the creators started to work on the screenplay of the upcoming 8 episode second season. The shows shooting was scheduled for March 2020, in New York City and the series was expected for a May 2020 release.
But news has it that due to Coronavirus pandemic the shows second season release date has been postponed indefinitely. Maybe in some other parallel universe, Russian Doll’s second seasons trailer is out now and a release date is revealed but the which in we are stuck, we gotta wait up.
— Russian Doll (@RussianDoll) June 11, 2019
RUSSIAN DOLL SEASON 2 PLOT THEORIES:
From “Groundhog day” to “Before I fall” to “Edge of tomorrow” to “Happy death day”, all time loop movies have successfully captivated the audience, some tried to explain the reason for the time resetting while others just focused on the resulting drama.
Russian Doll characters also find themselves unintentionally in the time loop and came with various theories of their own, for what might be resetting their day, from Alan’s “purgatorial punishment for being a bad person” to Nadia’s “dense gravitational field bathroom door that is gaining consciousness”, all were discussed.
But what the first season did great was that is has given itself a self-satisfactory explanation which can be best understood by what the Rabbi has said in episode 3: “buildings aren’t haunted, people are. You can only reach wisdom through surrender, by being nothing”. And as we saw that, it is only when both Nadia and Alan came to peace with their past, that they were able to move forward.
But Russian doll first season was not just another Time loop story, it has so many deep metaphorical elements and parallel universe bonkers stuff going on that fans couldn’t help but engaged and came up with all sort of plot theories for the second season of Russian doll.
1# RUSSIAN DOLL SEASON 2 PLOT THEORY 1: NADIA’S PAST
It is by far the most convincing theory out there on the internet. The 2nd season may answer why Nadia is stuck in the time loop, in the first place and it may have something to do with her past.
We know that it was Nadia’s 36th birthday, exactly a year more than what her mother had lived, when things started going berserk. She was crazy (Sorry! Ruth) and tries to shatter mirrors every time and as Ruth explained, “Mirrors are proof of existence. Another pair of eyes”.
So it is possible that her mother was also experiencing some sort of loop and that’s why she was unstable and may have passed that to Nadia. Nadia did coughed up a shattered piece of glass in one of her loop while hearing “she’s still inside you”. Nadia and Alan both also seems to restart the loop in front of the mirror.
On top of that Nadia’s grandparents were holocaust survivors and “Russian dolls” were also called as “Babushka Dolls”, Babushka meaning grandmother. So can the series leap up to that time? Maybe the Krugerrand locket passed down from her grandparents via her mother has something to do with it.
Also Nadia seem to connect with the character “Emily” from the novel “Emily of new moon”, which was referenced in multiple episodes in the first season. But what most interesting is that “Emily” in the Novel have a special gift of “second sight”, a type of clairvoyance, which she inherited from her grandmother. So maybe it all started during the holocaust.
Russian Dolls were nested dolls stacked one inside other until one reaches the core and it certainly will be a lot meaningful in Nadia’s case but unexplainable as to why Alan is sucked inside of it.
2# RUSSIAN DOLL SEASON 2 PLOT THEORY 2: NADIA’S GAME
Believe it or not but the silly fans comparison of Nadia’s game and Nadia’s time loop has now taken a full-fledged fan theory, shipped by many.
In episode 6, Alan tell Nadia that it is impossible to beat her game and also in episode 7 Nadia explained the time loop as: “it’s like a bug. Like is a program that keeps crashing. The crashing is just a symptom of a bug in the code. If the deaths are us crashing, then that moment is the bug that we need to go and fix”.
And they did fix that but, although in two different parallel universe, so the quote seems like it was metaphorically told but fan theory has that the show will take a U-turn into a sci-fi genre of parallel universe. Some even suggesting that “Horse”, the homeless man, who told Nadia that he was also a programmer and had worked on dark web, may actually play a pivotal role in second season.
3# RUSSIAN DOLL SEASON 2 PLOT THEORY 3: OATMEAL IS BEHIND ALL THIS:
It’s not much of a theory but more like a good-natured banter but it has fan divided. Some claiming the 9 lives of cats is more than a metaphor here while team “Oatmeal” will not hear any of their “slut-shaming”.
Jokes aside, the title of the series finale, “Ariadne”, taken from the name of ancient Greek princess of mazes and labyrinths, tells us that the story of Nadia is far from over.
WHO WILL STAR IN SECOND SEASON OF NETFLIX’S RUSSIAN DOLL?
The Russian Doll cast is led by “Natasha Lyonne”, who received a Golden Globe Awards nomination in the “Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy” category for her role of “Nadia Vulvokov”. So she is definitely starring in lead role of a smart-ass video game developer, again.
“Charlie Barnett”, who played the role of “Alan Zaveri”, also has a high chance of reprising his role. Greta Lee who played Maxine and Rebecca Henderson who played Lizzy, both friends of Nadia, will be a sure shot pick, especially since, Natasha Lyonne is also the executive producer on the show. Yul Vazquez, who played Nadia’s ex-boyfriend “John Reyes” will also play a pivotal role.
“Louie”, the stray cat who played “Oatmeal” will also look for available dates to grace the show with a cameo.
Other key roles will be played by “Elizabeth Ashley” as “Ruth Brenner”,“Chloë Sevigny” as Nadia’s mother, “Brooke Timber” as “Young Nadia” and “Waris Ahluwalia” as “Wardog”, Nadia’s drug dealer.
Parks and Recreation star and co-creator of Russian Doll, “Amy Poehler” is also rumoured to be roped in for a small cameo role.