‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ season 2 is heating up

Warning: This article contains extensive spoilers and speculation for The Handmaid’s Tale season 2.

The inaugural season of The Handmaid’s Tale, an original Hulu series, ends the same way as the book by Margaret Atwood that it is based on: with lead character Offred in the back of a black van headed toward an uncertain future.

But unlike the novel from 1986, the TV show plans to move forward with a second season and continue the story of the handmaids trapped in Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States.

The decision to continue the series was a no-brainer for Hulu after it became the most-viewed premiere in its first week on Hulu—original or acquired—in history and resulted in a significant subscriber bump for the streaming service. The Handmaid’s Tale also brought prestige to Hulu, sweeping the 2017 Emmys by winning outstanding writing for a drama series; outstanding drama series; outstanding supporting actress in a drama series (Ann Dowd); outstanding directing for a drama series (Reed Morano); and outstanding lead actress in a drama series (Elisabeth Moss). 

Not only will viewers learn the fate of Offred—whether she’s heading toward the colonies or getting saved by the Mayday resistance after all—but season two also promises to further explore the complex world a Gilead, where a patriarchal and fundamentalist regime rules.

The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 cast

Obviously, The Handmaid’s Tale would be incomplete if Elizabeth Moss did not return to the show as Offred. But a few other cast members have recently confirmed their return to Gilead. Samira Wiley’s Moira, Madeline Brewer’s Janine, OT Fagbenle’s Luke,  Max Minghella’s Nick and the Waterfords have all also been confirmed for a second season. Fans can also expect to see more of June and Luke’s daughter, Hannah, and Aunt Lydia.

Perhaps more surprising, Hulu confirmed Alexis Bledel will return as a series regular for season 2 even after her character, Ofsteven, tried to steal a car and decapitated Gilead soldiers. Not only will Bledel’s character return, but Clea DuVall confirmed she will join the cast for season 2 as her wife, Sylvia, according to Vulture.

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The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 plot and news

Although Moss previously told Variety that viewers won’t be able to guess what happens at the beginning of season 2, actors and showrunner Bruce Miller have already begun to spill some of the season’s highlights.

Miller confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that the show will continue to focus on Offred and that her rebellious tendencies only become more common. In addition, season 2 will focus on the theme of motherhood.

“The things you are seeing blooming in Offred are not going to go away,” Miller said. “Her spirit of rebellion and her careful march away from being a well-behaved handmaid and making some trouble is where the season is rolling toward.”

Miller also told the New York Times that viewers might see who Aunt Lydia was before Gilead, as well as an inside look into the daily lives of the aunts and the Marthas.

Additionally, Miller said Offred’s mother might make an appearance—which would make a lot of sense with the motherhood theme. “June’s mother is a big character in the book and representative of an interesting kind of feminism that was seemingly more of that time,” Miller told the Hollywood Reporter. “June’s memories of her mother and her activism are very vibrant in the book, so we’ve been talking about her from day one of season one, and it just didn’t seem like enough time to do her justice. In season two, we mention her a little bit, but we just don’t want to short-shrift her story.”

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The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 trailer

We’re at least a few months away from getting a trailer for The Handmaid’s Tale season 2, but we’ll keep you posted.

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The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 release date

Hulu confirmed that fans will return to Gilead for a second season in 2018, but an official date has not been set yet.

Even better news—season two will run for 13 episodes unlike season 1, which ran for 10, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Blessed day.

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