Monday, January 15, 2018


About two Sundays ago, during the 75th Golden Globe Awards, streaming service Hulu scored a major win over some major networks and even one of its most significant streaming rivals, Netflix, when one of its original programs won Best TV Series for Drama. That is, of course, the surprisingly popular “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel of a dystopian theocratic and misogynistic future seen through the eyes of Offred, the titular handmaid or designated “baby-maker” portrayed by Elizabeth Moss. Following its 10-episode season in 2017, Hulu has green-lighted a second season, to premiere in April.
Entertainment Weekly has it that Hulu has at last provided a specific date for which their Golden Globe-winning series will resume telling the story of Offred in the post-US nation of Gilead. Season 2 of “The Handmaid’s Tale” will premiere on April 25, some 10 months after the finale episode last June 2017. This new season will have 13 episodes to the first’s 10, the better to tell the increasingly harrowing tale of Offred’s search for her daughter from the pre-Gilead days, complicated by the fact that she is pregnant with a new child out of her duties as Handmaid.
This advance info was dropped by Hulu shortly before they joined the panel for the Television Critics Association that was held Sunday, January 14. During the panel itself, further info was provided pertaining to the setting of “Handmaid’s Tale” season, in that the production is doing its own expansion of the world Offred is moving in, including a journey to the “Colonies” of Gilead, whereas in the original book she stayed within the country. In addition, Marisa Tomei was confirmed to be the first big-name guest for the second season, cast as the wife of a commander appearing in episode 2.
Star Elizabeth Moss, who also won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama last January 7, described the perilous journey that her character undergoes in this new chapter of the story. “It’s a wonderful thing to have a baby,” says Moss of Offred. “But she is having it potentially in this world that she may not want to bring it into…I get bigger and bigger as the show goes on.” Executive Bruce Miller adds that despite Offred’s trip to the Colonies, the series’ greater narrative will not excessively go beyond what Margaret Atwood wrote in her book.
Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne, Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd, and Max Minghella all return with Moss for “The Handmaid’s Tale” season 2. April 25 will see the first two new episodes back-to-back on Hulu, with succeeding ones following every Wednesday. Hulu also put up a new teaser on YouTube.
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