Cast, Story & Everything We Know

There have not been many Russian Doll season 3 updates, but there is a good reason to think there will be a third season coming to Netflix. After Netflix released Russian Doll season 1 in 2019, it was a long wait for the follow-up. Russian Doll season 2 arrived three years after season 1 because of filming delays related to the pandemic, but that helped justify the four-year time jump. With that said, the idea of a third season came up thanks to star Natasha Lyonne, but with her working on the new show Poker Face, it’s unclear if there will be time to make Russian Doll season 3.

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Russian Doll season 1 centered around a time loop that trapped Nadia and Alan in a cycle of their own deaths on her 36th birthday. In the second season, the pair are confronted with the ability to go back in time. While Nadia and Alan in Russian Doll season 2 grow as people, this in part comes from learning that they cannot change their pasts. The end of Russian Doll season 2 leaves Nadia and Alan in a more concrete place than Russian Doll season 1’s ending. However, there is still more to explore, both for the characters and the strange universe that the show is building. Here’s all there is to know about Russian Doll season 3.

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The Latest Russian Doll Season 3 News

Nadia looking up while in a train in Russian Doll

Whether season three of Russian Doll will happen is one of the questions that’s most asked during interviews with Lyonne, so it’s well-documented where she stands on the matter. The most recent Russian Doll season 3 updates arrived during an interview with THR, in which Lyonne considered a third Russian Doll season. The actor explained that she’s prioritizing other things before the hit series, noting, “I think, for me, my priority right now is directing a feature. A priority for me over a season three of Russian Doll. I think, also, now we’re on the kind of Poker Face train.” However, she didn’t rule out Russian Doll season 3, she just doesn’t see it happening in the imminent future.

Lyonne stated in previous Russian Doll season 3 updates that she felt there were three seasons in the works to finish the story. However, Lyonne ended up moving on to a brand-new series created by Rian Johnson (Knives Out) called Poker Face, which premiered in January 2023. The new series has Lyonne starring as Charlie Cale, a casino worker on the run who ends up solving murder mysteries thanks to her specific skill set. This doesn’t mean that Russian Doll season 3 isn’t coming, but it might make it harder since Poker Face is getting a second season. The good news is that Lyonne previously said she will never be done with Russian Doll (via Variety).

It feels like there’s an idea cooking for Season 3. And it would be really fun if it was one of those shows where, five years later, it’s like, ‘No, wait a second! I think we’ve got another idea for a few episodes.’ I would love to see that for Russian Doll. ‘Oh, wait, I think we’ve got an idea of our original movie now.’ It’s been 20 years later. I don’t think I’ll ever be done with this show.

Russian Doll Season 3 Is Not Confirmed

Nadia in 1982 in Russian Doll Season 2.

Currently, Russian Doll season 3 updates have not included an official renewal confirmation. However, in an interview in 2019 (via The Hollywood Reporter) Natasha Lyonne said that the plan was for Russian Doll to be a three-season show. With a positive initial reception, it seems likely that Russian Doll season 3 will be confirmed with the renewal announcing it as the show’s final season as Russian Doll comes to a natural conclusion. However, the announcement has yet to come, and a year is closing in on the drop of season 2. With Lyonne in Poker Face, the time might be ticking on chances for a new season.

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Russian Doll Season 3 Cast

Nadia and Alan at Ruth's Wake in Russian Doll

Assuming that Russian Doll season 3 updates include a renewal, it is difficult to say exactly who will return. Surefire candidates include Natasha Lyonne as Nadia Vulvokov, Charlie Barnett as Alan Zaveri, Greta Lee as Maxine, and Rebecca Henderson as Lizzy. After the closure that Nadia experiences at the end of Russian Doll season 2, it seems unlikely that Elizabeth Ashley will return for season 3 as Ruth Brenner. While the rest of the cast is less likely to return as they all died, Russian Doll’s propensity for time travel, flashbacks, and characters seeing people who aren’t there, means that no character is truly off the cards.

Russian Doll Season 3 Story Details

Horse underground in Russian Doll season 2.

While Nadia seemed to be in a good place, Russian Doll season 2 still left a lot of questions unanswered — questions that the plot of Russian Doll season 3 will need to answer. Nadia and Alan’s strange experiences have never been explained, but Horse and Agnes’ roles in the MTA and their knowledge about time and The Void suggest that there is a larger answer around the corner. At the same time, Nadia and Alan have one logical story left to tell. With Russian Doll season 1 having Nadia and Alan trapped in the present, and Russian Doll season 2 seeing them delving into their pasts, it would make sense for Russian Doll season 3 to explore the character’s future through time.

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