The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 gets a powerful new trailer that confirms the series' premiere date.
Based on Margaret Atwood's acclaimed novel, The Handmaid's Tale imagines a dystopian future where a totalitarian regime oppresses women in medieval fashion. In this world, fertile women are reduced to becoming breeders enslaved by powerful men. Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss plays Offred, a handmaid who harbors rebellious feelings. Season 1 covered the events of Atwood's novel, leaving Season 2 exploring totally new story territory. The show recently added to its trophy case with a Golden Globe for Best Drama Series. In addition, Elisabeth Moss won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series.
Hulu has debuted a new Handmaid's Tale Season 2 trailer that teases the coming drama, which can be seen above. In addition, TVLine reports the new season will debut on April 25, 2018. Linda Ge also reports on Twitter that Marisa Tomei will join Season 2 as a guest star. Alexis Bledel also returns, and gets a bump from guest star to series regular. Check out the official Season 2 synopsis below:
The 13-episode second season will be shaped by Offred’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. “Gilead is within you” is a favorite saying of Aunt Lydia. In Season 2, Offred and all characters will fight against – or succumb to – this dark truth.
Hulu's Handmaid's Tale Season 2 trailer promises another somber and dramatic chapter in the show's grim dystopian vision. We catch brief glimpses of most of the major returning characters, including Offred, who ended Season 1 in the custody of mysterious men, her future unknown. Things aren't going well for Offred, judging by the mask she wears. Later in the clip, we see Offred wearing one of her devilish expressions as she sets fire to her handmaid's uniform. Several shots seem to tease a visit to the Colonies, the mysterious region where Gilead sends its criminals to be punished. We also see Luke (O. T. Fagbenle) and Moira (Samira Wiley) who reunited north of the border at the end of Season 1.
Creepy Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) also makes a brief tortured-looking appearance in the trailer. So too does Ofwarren (Madeline Brewer), the handmaid who had her eye taken out as punishment. The tone of the whole trailer feels chilly and grim. Far from offering a glimmer of hope, the images and music promise more suffering and sadness. Unless of course you are Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes), the only guy smiling in the trailer.
If fans were hoping things would lighten up at all in Season 2 of The Handmaid's Tale, then they should prepare for disappointment. If on the other hand they would like nothing more than to wallow in dystopian misery, while hoping against hope that things will get better for the oppressed leads, the new season looks right up their alley.
The Handmaid's Tale season 2 premieres April 25 on Hulu.