Praise be: The Handmaid’s Tale is returning for a third season.
Hulu broke this news at its Upfronts presentation in New York City on Wednesday (May 2). Not much information about the third chapter is known at this time. After all, season two just premiered last week—to a monster audience, according to The Hollywood Reporter—and much of that is still shrouded in secrecy. Because Margaret Atwood only wrote one Handmaid’s Tale book, what’s going to happen in season two is still a mystery—which makes season three’s plot even more of a question mark.
Regardless of what happens, though, this is exciting news. The Handmaid’s Tale is one of the most poignant shows on television right now. It features an A-list crop of actors—including Elisabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd, and, this season, Marisa Tomei—and narratives that particularly resonate in our current political climate. What The Handmaid’s Tale says about how our culture treats women is something everyone needs to see. It’s necessary viewing.
We’re only two episodes into The Handmaid’s Tale season two at this point. June/Offred (Moss) has—spoiler alert—escaped from Gilead and is hiding out in the abandoned Boston Globe office. She’s still expecting a baby with Nick, a former Gilead Eye, and their relationship’s been nothing short of passionate—both in good and bad ways. Meanwhile, Emily (Bledel) is imprisoned in the Colonies and serving as a makeshift doctor to the sick women there. Interspersed with these present-day narratives are iteresting flashbacks that offer more detail about how America became Gilead. The scene where a doctor questions June about her parenting “fitness” because she let her daughter go to school with a fever is very eerie to watch.
New episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale premiere every Wednesday on Hulu.