Get Your First Look At ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2
US streaming service Hulu has dropped our first look at ‘The Handmaid’s Tale‘ Season 2, and things do not look good for Offred in the Republic of Gilead…
This new trailer doesn’t give much away plot-wise for the show’s return, but you do get an eerie sense of foreboding for the future of our favourite handmaid, and her resistance friends.
For those of you who somehow missed Season 1 of this epic drama, the show is adapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, and is set in Gilead, a dystopia totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birth rate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized ‘return to traditional values’. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss – ‘The West Wing’, ‘Mad Men’) is a Handmaid in the household of Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes – ‘Shakespeare in Love’, ‘American Horror Story’). She serves as one of the castes of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate the world. In this terrifying society, Offred must navigate between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.
As you can see in the trailer, Offred is now facing the “consequences” she was warned about for disobeying Aunt Lydia’s (Ann Dowd – ‘The Leftovers’, ‘Masters of Sex’) order to stone one of her fellow handmaid’s to death, and then trying to escape. Muzzled, Hannibal Lecter style, it would appear she may be heading to the dreaded “colonies” – i.e. the polluted wasteland areas outside the “comforts” of the main cities.
We will find out more when ‘The Handmaid’s Tale‘ Season 2 comes to Channel 4 later this year. We don’t have an exact UK air date for the series yet, but we do know it returns on Hulu in the US in April. Last year Channel 4 followed it a month later in May, so hopefully, they will do the same in 2018. We’ll let you know when we have more.