When the first season of Russian Doll landed on Netflix back in February 2019, it didn’t take long for the world to become obsessed. The dark comedy-drama – which stars the inimitable Natasha Lyonne as a 36-year-old woman who finds herself stuck in a time loop – was met with serious praise from critics and viewers alike.
It’s hardly surprising, then, that fans of the show have been pushing for another season ever since – a wish which was granted back in February, when Netflix confirmed Russian Doll would be returning to screens in spring 2022.
And now, Netflix has finally confirmed when the show will be landing on the platform – 20 April – and released a trippy new trailer, too. Keep reading to find out everything we know about season two of Netflix’s Russian Doll so far.
What is Russian Doll season two about?
Russian Doll season two will be set four years after Nadia’s (Lyonne) 36th birthday party when she found herself trapped in a time loop in which she died at the end of every night.
At the end of season one, we saw Nadia and Alan (Charlie Barnett) save themselves from the time loop they’d both found themselves stuck in and become friends in the process – but that doesn’t mean season two will be free from season one’s existential vibes. In fact, the new season will follow Nadia and Alan as they discover “a fate even worse than endless death”, according to the official synopsis.
“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 synopsis continues.
“At first, they experience this as an ever-expanding, era-spanning, intergenerational adventure, but they soon discover this extraordinary event might be more than they bargained for and, together, must search for a way out.”
Who stars in Russian Doll season two?
Alongside Lyonne and Barnett, several cast members from season one will be returning for the show’s second series, including Greta Lee, Rebecca Henderson and Elizabeth Ashley.
We also know that Schitt’s Creek’s Annie Murphy will be joining the cast in a currently undisclosed role, alongside fellow newcomers Sharlto Copley and Carolyn Michelle Smith.
Teasing the nature of Murphy’s role in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lyonne described her character as a “core component and the heart of the season”, who helps Nadia come to terms with “the nature of mortality”.
Is there a trailer for Russian Doll season two?
There is, and there are plenty of clues as to what the show has in store for Nadia in the twisted second instalment of Russian Doll.
After successfully breaking the time loop by forming a true connection with Alan, things are taking an even dark turn for Nadia, who laments that the universe has managed to find “something worse than death”.
The new predicament? “I broke time.”
This indeed seems to be the case as we see the New Yorker board a subway car and take notice of her dated surroundings. “What is this, some kind of 80s flash mob?” she asks. The reality is that the subway is actually some form of time machine taking Nadia right back to the 80s.
Upon her arrival, there’s plenty of unfinished business to take care of in the past. The trailer gives a glimpse at some of Nadia’s wild misadventures, which include waking up in a graveyard and wearing a straightjacket in a hospital as she jokes that “inexplicable things happening is my entire modus operandi.”
Take a look at the trailer below:
When and where will Russian Doll season two be released?
Russian Doll season two will land on Netflix on Wednesday 20 April, so mark your calendars.
We’ll keep this space updated with the latest news as and when we get it, so stay tuned.
Russian Doll season one is available to watch on Netflix
As Stylist’s digital writer, Lauren Geall writes on topics including mental health, wellbeing and women’s issues. She’s also a big fan of houseplants and likes to dabble in film and TV from time-to-time. You can find her on Twitter at @laurenjanegeall.