Everything We Know About 'Russian Doll' Season 2

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This story contains spoilers for Russian Doll Season 1.

With every death, more and more people fell in love with the first season of Natasha Lyonne’s twisted time-loop comedy Russian Doll. The Netflix original centers on Nadia (Lyonne), a hard-partying New Yorker whose 36th birthday turns fatal, throwing her into a Groundhog Day-like scenario in which she must die repeatedly to solve the mystery of what killed her in the first place. Midway through the season, Nadia meets Alan (Charlie Barnett), who’s trapped in a similar loop. Together, the two of them form a time-bending odd couple trying to get unstuck, and the result was a wildly popular show that’s already made just about every best TV of 2019 list out right now.

While many laud the series for being perfectly self-contained, Russian Doll co-creators Lyonne, Amy Poehler, and Leslye Headland have indicated that the door has always been open on doing more seasons of the dark comedy. Here’s a rundown of everything we know about what they’re planning, and what Season 2 might have in store for fans.

Will there be a Season 2 of Russian Doll?

It’s official! In a tweet on June 11, Netflix confirmed that Russian Doll will be returning for a second season. Headland had confirmed that the trio initially pitched the show as a three-season story — now, we’ll see if they’ll end up greenlighting a third season prematurely. They’ve made similar moves before.

When will Season 2 of Russian Doll be released?

It’s likely that the earliest we’d be getting it is sometime in 2021, given how most productions were put on hold for quarantine. They were supposed to get production underway in May 2020, but that has obviously been delayed. Lyonne most recently returned to Netflix in the final season of Orange Is the New Black, which premiered on July 26, 2019. In July, Lyonne told Deadline that she and Amy Poehler had begun talking about the new season but that they weren’t officially “in the room” yet. In January 2021, when asked when the new season would be coming on Twitter, Lyonne replied “soon.”


Who will be in the cast of Russian Doll Season 2?

Spoiler alert: The ending of the first season, where Nadia and Alan (Charlie Barnett) finally escape their time loop and roam about lower Manhattan like wolves in the night, does work as a proper resolution. However, Headland noted in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that no matter the direction they take the show in, Nadia will always be a part of it in some way. “When initially pitched, Nadia was a presence throughout all three of [the proposed seasons]. But it was not in a very conventional way, if that makes sense. 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.”

Headland’s answer doesn’t give an indication of the fate of the recurring characters played by Greta Lee, Rebecca Henderson, Yul Vasquez, and Elizabeth Ashley, but given their importance to Nadia, there’s a chance they’ll stick around — and maybe become the show’s focal point. No word yet as to whether or not we’ll be seeing more of Charlie Barnett as Alan or Chloë Sevigny as Nadia’s mother, but it’s definitely a possibility.

Will Nadia at least be able to stay alive for a little bit?

Who knows? Lyonne told IndieWire, “The show certainly has some legs for more bizarre scenarios.” With the somewhat autobiographical show reflecting Lyonne’s past issues issues with addiction, the actress also indicated that the next step of the show could be to reflect what it’s like to be years out of the struggle, feeling like there is more life to live. For a character that died so many times over the course of one bingeable season, living certainly seems well-earned. 

In a postmortem about the ambiguous ending of the first season, Lyonne also hinted that there could be multiple versions of the characters walking around, depending on how successful they were at escaping their loops: “It raises the question of how many versions [of the characters] are there all together? That’s certainly something that was considered. In this video game sense, it presents a question of do they in fact just enter a whole new sort of scenario in that moment, that they kind of completed that round?” Sounds like plenty of material for about fifty more seasons. Sign up here for our daily Thrillist email, get Streamail for more entertainment, and subscribe here for our YouTube channel to get your fix of the best in food/drink/fun.

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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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