DISCOVER THE SUMMARY AND EXPLANATION OF THE END OF RUSSIAN DOLL SEASON 1 ON NETFLIX! SPOILERS!
Russian Doll is now on Netflix! Continue reading if you want to know everything about the Season 1 summary and ending! Russian Doll, Netflix’s funny and terrifying detective series, has an ending that may leave some viewers perplexed. Russian Doll, co-created and starring Natasha Lyonne, is about a woman named Nadia who is killed on her 36th birthday, only to find herself at her birthday party hours before her death.
Nadia realizes two things as she tries to figure out what’s going on: she’s still doomed to die within 24 hours of the party, and she always returns to her friend’s bathroom at the same time.
Nadia discovers a new truth as Russian Doll progresses: she is not alone. Alan, a straight, anal man who is in almost every way her polar opposite, is forced to relive the worst night of his life. But, unlike Nadia, he enjoys having as many chances as possible to “fix” the past, desperately trying to keep his girlfriend, Beatrice, from leaving him.
With the upcoming release of the second season on Netflix, you’ll most likely need to refresh your ideas after three years. Here’s a synopsis and explanation of Russian Doll’s Season 1 finale on Netflix!
RUSSIAN DOLL SEASON 1 SUMMARY
Alan relived his day almost exactly like the first time before meeting Nadia. Alan is a man who requires structure and routine, so even though it is one of the worst days of his life, the loop has become familiar to him.
When he realizes he isn’t the only one stuck in the loop, he becomes obsessed with finding a way to break the cycle. He and Nadia compare notes on their deaths, looking for a link or a pattern. Alan doesn’t remember how he died at first, but he later realizes he committed suicide by jumping off his roof. Following this revelation, Nadia recalls seeing Alan inebriated at the local deli on the night of their first death. She admits that she had the opportunity to assist him but chose not to.
Alan admits that if he hadn’t been so inebriated, he could have saved Nadia from being hit by a cab. This conversation moves them closer to breaking free from the loop; they agree to reenact their first encounter in the grocery store, this time saving each other. But the universe has another test for them before they can reset the timeline.
The source of Alan’s need for control is not revealed, but he fears speaking with Ruth (Elizabeth Ashley), Nadia’s therapist friend. He also has a run-in with a doctor, who assumes he’s not working and expresses concern, implying that Alan’s routine is necessary to keep him from becoming depressed.
Meanwhile, Nadia’s trauma is described in greater detail. Her mother committed suicide when she was 35, so she was always afraid of being 36. Nadia blames herself for her mother Lenora’s death, which occurred after Ruth was granted custody. We learn from flashbacks that Nadia’s childhood was not easy.
EXPLAINED RUSSIAN DOLL SEASON 1 ENDING
Nadia and Alan’s nights were reset one last time in the season one finale of Russian Doll. Everything has been restored this time: all missing people and objects have been returned, the fish have been returned to their aquarium, and the fruits are no longer rotten. When Nadia and Alan reunite, they discover that something else has changed: they are no longer in the same timeline.
At first glance, it appears that they both failed. Nadia runs to the roof of Alan’s building after hearing ominous sirens in her timeline. Alan walks behind her, alive and well, as she stands on the roof in despair. He asks her if she can promise him that if he doesn’t jump, he’ll be happy, and she says she can only promise him that he won’t be alone.
That’s enough for Alan. Meanwhile, in Alan’s timeline, Nadia walks away from Alan, while Mike accuses him of being insane. However, she pauses and snaps back at Alan.
The two timelines eventually collide, and both versions of Alan and Nadia encounter Horse and the other homeless people in a strange parade carrying the paper-mâché creations they were seen making earlier. The two timelines merge, reuniting the versions of Alan and Nadia who lived in all timelines.
The Russian Doll season 1 finale never explicitly states that the time loop has been closed, but based on the symbolism of the converging split screens and Nadia’s body language, one can only hope that Alan and Nadia are now free to live their lives linearly once more.