If Russian Doll's Ending Left You Scratching Your Head, Here's What It All Means

POPSUGAR Entertainment | 2/4/2019 | Ryan Roschke
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Warning: massive spoilers for Russian Doll lay ahead. Proceed with caution.

If you dedicated part of your weekend to Netflix's new series Russian Doll — it's not very long, FYI — a few things might be true. For starters, there's a strong chance you fell in love with the show's kooky world, swooned over the lioness that is Natasha Lyonne, and rocked out to that sizzling soundtrack which, yes, included that one song that is permanently seared into your memory. But another, maybe more secondary thing that might also be true is this: you might be confused by the end.

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That's the real conundrum of the series: the deeper you go, the stranger and more enigmatic it gets. The series makes rules and bends them, and the entire universe slowly begins to unravel as our fair heroes try to figure out what, exactly, is going on. Never fear, dear reader, I'm here to give you a pretty standard, bare-bones rundown of what happens and what, at its simplest level, it means.


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Before we really get our hands dirty, let's talk about this world. Russian Doll gives us a NYC that's laden with magical realism. For some reason, Nadia is unable to escape her 36th birthday party. Not too far into the first episode, she gets hit by a taxi while trying to chase down her missing bodega cat, Oatmeal. That's when she regains consciousness right back where she started: in the bathroom at her 36th birthday party. No matter how far Nadia gets (sometimes she survives the night and even the following day), and no matter how many times she dies, she always lands back in that spot.

It's worth noting, perhaps at this point, that this isn't quite the same magic that seems to run similar stories, like Groundhog Day and Happy Death...
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