The highly-acclaimed series The Handmaid's Tale is set to return to Hulu for its third season later this June. Earlier this month, a trailer was released during Super Bowl which invoked Ronald Reagan's 1984 “Morning in America” political ad before turning into chaos and Elisabeth Moss' voiceover touting “Wake up, America” and “Morning’s over.”
That trailer also gave us brand new glimpses at several characters such baby daddy Nick and June's husband, Luke. Absent were new Handmaid's Tale cast members Christopher Meloni or Elizabeth Reaser, who’ll play an influential Commander and his wife, respectively. However, the trailer still didn't reveal an actual premiere date for the forthcoming third season. All that changed at TCA, as Hulu announced the exact date and schedule for the show's return.
At TCA (hat tip Deadline), Hulu announced The Handmaid's Tale will return for a 13-episode third season on Wednesday, June 5. The first three episodes will be available that day, with new ones releasing the following Wednesdays. Based on Margaret Atwood's novel of the same name, this is the latest start yet for the Bruce Miller-created Hulu series since it first premiered in 2017. The late premiere date pushes The Handmaid's Tale season three out of contention for this year's Emmy Awards.
Hulu's Senior Vice President of originals Craig Erwich wanted to ensure viewers that the show is maintaining its quality, and taking its time during this week's TCA conferences. Adding, “we wanted to give the show enough time to maintain the incredibly high standards of storytelling set in seasons one and two. The season three episodes — all of them — [will be] eligible for the Emmy body when the show is qualified." Erwich pointed out that the delay has nothing to do with avoiding the final season of competing Best Drama Series Emmy winner Game of Thrones, which returns April 14.
Picking up from the Season 2 finale, in which June decided to stay in Gilead in order to look out for daughter Hannah, season 3 promises to take things to their chaotic but natural conclusions. Hulu said the upcoming episodes will center on June’s rebellion and will feature “startling reunions, betrayals and a journey to the terrifying heart of Gilead.” The last six episodes of season two will still be eligible in some individual at this year's Emmys but cannot be considered for best drama series even though they aired between June 1, 2018, and May 31, 2019. That's a shame, as the show is a flagship series for Hulu and already claimed numerous Emmy awards already.
The Handmaid's Tale season 3 premieres on Hulu June 5.