Russian Doll season 3: Everything we know so far about Netflix show's potential return

Natasha Lyonne in Russian Doll season 2
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Russian Doll season 3 hasn't been announced by Netflix yet, but that doesn't mean a new installment of the critically acclaimed show isn't a possibility. "I know there has to be space left open for something beyond my limited imagination in this moment to know if that is still where the series begins, middles, and ends," series star and co-creator Natasha Lyonne told The Hollywood Reporter back in 2019. "Maybe it's only two seasons. Maybe it's four seasons. Right now, it feels quite clearly that it is those three."

We've pieced together everything Lyonne has said about the possible return of Nadia and Alan, along with our own theories and predictions for what could lie ahead for these characters. In short, we've got everything you need to know about a potential Russian Doll season 3 – but be warned that there are major spoilers for season 2 ahead. 

Russian Doll season 3 release date

Natasha Lyonne in Russian Doll season 2

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As Russian Doll season 3 hasn't been commissioned yet, it's impossible to say when it could potentially arrive on Netflix. Season 1 premiered in February 2019, with season 2 following in April 2022, so it may be another three years before we see Nadia and Alan again.

Russian Doll season 3 plot

Natasha Lyonne and Greta Lee in Russian Doll season 2

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Lyonne has briefly spoken about a potential third season, telling 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. It depends a lot about appetite and reception."

Russian Doll season 3 cast

Charlie Barnett in Russian Doll season 2

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It wouldn't be Russian Doll without Nadia, played by Natasha Lyonne. Alan, played by Charlie Barnett, is also a vital part of the story, acting as foil to Nadia as well as a much-needed ally. It's also likely that Nadia's friends Maxine (Greta Lee) and Lizzy (Rebecca Henderson) will return, but as to whether we see Nadia's mother Nora (Chloë Sevigny) or Ruth (Annie Murphy in the past, Elizabeth Ashley in the present), that depends on whether we travel back in time again as both characters are now dead.

Horse (Brendan Sexton III) is likely to show up again in any future seasons, too – he seems to always make an appearance when things start getting weird for Nadia. We still don't know very much about him, other than the fact that he appears to be homeless, but could he be linked to Nadia's time looping-slash-traveling misadventures? Well, hopefully season 3 might answer that question, if it gets made. 

For more on Russian Doll, check our guides to the Russian Doll season 2 ending explained and the Russian Doll season 2 timeline explained

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