Netflix Killed Original ‘Russian Doll’ Ending Because of ‘Maniac’ – Which Only Made It Better

[Editor’s note: The following post contains spoilers for “Russian Doll“ and “Maniac.”]It took seven years and many false starts to develop co-creator and star Natasha Lyonne’s original idea into the critically acclaimed Netflix series “Russian Doll.” The part that became the hardest to break, even right up to the end, was how to conclude the first season storyline about two strangers, played by Lyonne and Charlie Barnett, who are brought together by the discovery that they both keep dying and coming back to life.“There was [concern] over it in the writers room and amongst us of ‘How are we going to end this?’” said co-creator and director Leslye Headland, when she was on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast.

“What is the thing that connects these two people and how are we going to stick the landing?”Subscribe via Apple Podcasts to the Filmmaker Toolkit PodcastHeadland said even the topic of the ending would strike fear in the writers’ room,

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