It's official - Russian Doll has been renewed for season two on Netflix! During the CODE Conference in Arizona on Tuesday, it was announced that the series will be returning with eight new episodes. The Netflix original series, which originally dropped in February, stars the one and only Natasha Lyonne (she also executive produced it along with Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland, by the way!) and offers a modern take on 1993's Groundhog Day: our heroine, Nadia, finds herself reliving her 36th birthday over and over again; every time she dies, she regains consciousness at her birthday party in her friend's posh NYC apartment.
"Same show, just weirder," Lyonne announced. "The character is a coder so it would be appropriate to have this be the time and place to say, yes. So very much yes, I would love to do [a second season]." Russian Doll may not have a unique concept, but the magic in the show lies in the nuanced exploration of its themes, and the way it uses this "nightmarish time loop" device to make a more profound statement about the human experience. Oh, and it's got a killer soundtrack to boot.
And, as luck would have it, a previous interview with the creators also hinted at a potential third season. "We definitely pitched it as this three-season idea, and yet, it's so interesting to think about how that shapes and morphs in the time since making it," Lyonne previously told The Hollywood Reporter. "Who knows if we'll be lucky enough to go back down the rabbit hole? That's tomorrow's question. But I think we have some ideas."
The creators were a bit more vague when it came to what we could expect from the story. That said, Headland did say their original pitch had Nadia involved in all three seasons as a sort of "beating heart" to the story. "When initially pitched, Nadia was a presence throughout all three of them. But it was not in a very conventional way, if that makes sense," she said. "She 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." Lyonne echoed the sentiment but offered an alternate path: "I definitely have ideas that range from the really out-there anthology to staying on board with our friend Nadia," she said. "And maybe it's all one idea." A release date for season two still has yet to be announced.