Netflix 'Russian Doll': Natasha Lyonne Says There's a Possibility for Two More Seasons

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Russian Doll

If you’ve watched the first season of Russian Doll on Netflix, you know the show is already one of the best new series of 2019.

Although Russian Doll hasn’t officially been renewed for a second season, the chances are pretty high considering the buzz it’s received.

And according to star Natasha Lyonne, they already have the next two seasons mapped out.

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In a recent interview with THR, she said,

“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.”

She added,

“I definitely have ideas that range from the really out-there anthology to staying on board with our friend Nadia. And maybe it’s all one idea. Certainly, what we pitched and the heart and soul of Russian Doll, I’d love to continue to get to work in that way. It’s very satisfying and kind of wild.”

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Russian Doll is Natasha’s brainchild and has been in the works for a decade before it came to Netflix. She told Elle,

“I’ve been writing versions of what would become Russian Doll for at least 10 years, you know? In the last five years, it started crystallizing more and more. It was always a story that I wanted to tell.”

The underlying message of Russian Doll is extremely personal for her.

“I think that our younger self is so key to who we are and a heartbreaking thing to look at. I’m often struck by the damage I inflicted on my younger self. Why was I beating her up? I would never do that to you. I would never look at a child or a teenager, and say, ‘Hey, you’re broken. There’s something wrong with you.’ You know? What an atrocious way that we treat ourselves. Especially women in this society. The amount of time wasted for a young woman wondering, “Am I fat? And is that a reason I should wanna be dead?” is so harrowing to consider. Just the wasted years of a lifetime. We live and we die and that’s it.”

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She concluded,

“I think the biggest idea of Russian Doll would be that we start to talk about removing some shame around the underlying idea of our own brokenness, and realizing that we’re all broken in our own ways and that’s part of our power and our beauty: our imperfections and our differences.”

Russian Doll season 1 is currently available on Netflix.


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