Renewed or Cancelled – will there be a season 3 of Russian Doll?

April 20, 2022
Adam Lock 0
Netflix, News, Streaming Service

This article discusses whether there will be a season 3 of the Netflix series Russian Doll and its renewed or cancelled status. This article contains spoilers.

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Russian Doll is a comedy-drama series by creators Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation). The second season consisted of seven episodes and followed the time traveling escapades of Nadia Vulvokov and Alan Zaveri. These experts of time and space inadvertently take the New York six train back in time, where they inhabit the bodies of their relatives through some magical portal madness. Nadia finds herself in the body of her pregnant mother (carrying baby Nadia no less) in the eighties and Alan gender swaps into the body of his grandmother Agnes, a student in sixties Berlin. They both try to alter their family’s history and end up destroying time itself in the process.

The first season worked perfectly as a one-off miniseries and was highly successful. A second season was almost inevitable, being renewed just months later. The sequel’s production was plagued by the pandemic and delayed, with production halted for exactly one year. This may have scuppered the show’s momentum and jeopardised their future popularity. It will be fascinating to see how effective a second season is both critically and in the ratings.

Will there be a season 3 of the Netflix series Russian Doll – renewed or cancelled status

Status: TBC

The future of Russian Doll is still unknown, with a third season still pending over at Netflix headquarters. It will more than likely come down to the overall popularity of season two on its initial release before any executives make any solid decisions. A third season would in all probability have to explore a third time related concept, which may be a tad excessive. Season two seemed to neatly tie up the narrative, bringing an end to the Krugerrand saga and finalising the lead’s arcs in satisfying form. A third season would have to start an entirely new story and move forwards from the finale.

I suppose the possibilities of time travel are endless, the show could venture into the future or the multiverse, which is all the rage right now. It all depends on whether the audience has a taste for this unique style still. Over fifteen episodes the digressions and avant-garde dreamscapes have become quite irritating, has it outstayed its welcome? Only time will tell if Netflix wants to continue to play in this existential ball pool.

As always we’ll keep you posted on any updates in the pending renewal of Russian Doll.

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