The Handmaid's Tale season 4 finale brought a lot of shock and unexpected twists, and that's not the end of the story.
. With June (Elisabeth Moss) finally free in Canada, the Hulu show delves directly into her exploration of the traumas and deadly consequences of her time and those around her in Gilead. But since this raised more questions than answers, we are already waiting for season 5 of The Handmaid's Tale
. So here, we're going to break down everything you need to know about the upcoming season of The Handmaid's Tale, which we hope to see land on the streaming service next year.
Spoilers for seasons 1-4 follow.
Is The Handmaid's Tale renewed for season 5?
Hulu announced that The Handmaid's Tale would return for season 5 even before season 4 was released.
. In December 2020 in an Instagram video, the cast announced that the show would air its fourth season in 2021 (after almost two years of 'waiting since its previous release), and that there would also be a fifth installment.
Four years after its debut, The Handmaid's Tale remains one of Hulu's best original shows.
, so it's no surprise that the streaming service wants to keep it for as long as people watch it. "We are very grateful to Hulu and MGM for returning the series for a fifth season, and in particular to our loyal fans for their support," said showrunner Bruce Miller. "We are thrilled to be able to continue telling these stories, with our incredible cast and crew."
But: When can we see it?
The Handmaid's Tale Season 5 Release Date: What We Know
With Season 4 just wrapped up, it's still too early for a confirmed release date for the next season.
However, it is possible to guess based on the show schedule above.
Season 4 has moved away from the show's annual release schedule due to significant delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting restrictions on film production.
With things slowly getting back to normal, we can expect the wait to be shorter than the two-year hiatus from the previous season.
We hope to see The Handmaid's Tale sometime in 2022, but it looks like they still have a ways to go, as of June 2021.
. Executive producer Bruce Miller has expressed optimism that the upcoming season can be made more normally than the fourth season. , resulting in scenes with fewer characters than usual.
"It's going great," Miller told Deadline when asked how Season 5 was going.
. "We're starting to pool our wool and unite our writers and unite people to unite them."
Handmaid's Tale Season 5 Cast: Who We Hope To Return To
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Most of the main cast of the show is scheduled to return for season 5 of The Handmaid's Tale.
- Here's who we anticipate we'll see next season:
A character that we will not see return is Fred Waterford, played by Joseph Fiennes, since at the end of season 4 he participated in June
- Elisabeth Moss as June Osborne
- Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia
- Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy
- OT Fagbenle as Luke Bankole
- Samira Wiley as Moira Strand
- Madeline Brewer as Janine Lindo
- Max Minghella as Nick Blaine
- Alexis Bledel as Emily Malek
- Amanda Brugel as Rita Blue
- Sam Jaeger as Mark Tuello
- Bradley Whitford as Major Joseph Lawrence
and many of her fellow maids run away as punishment for their crimes.
In Season 4, McKenna Grace's character Esther Keyes was a major addition to the cast.
, which for the most part stayed the same from the beginning of the series. Also, this season has seen a new regular face appear in the ranks of the Aunts: Jeananne Goossen as Aunt Ruth. It remains to be seen if these new characters will return in the next season. In terms of new characters we might see in the future, the original novel doesn't contain many clues, as the series has embarked on its own path since season 2. Nonetheless, since the series sets up the events of the sequel novel , The Wills, we may see other faces of Mayday appear. Of course, Serena's as-yet-unnamed baby is expected, and we're intrigued to find out who Nick's wife will be on the show.
Handmaid's Tale Season 5 Story: What Happens Next?
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In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Miller described the upcoming season as "Sophie's Choice: The Series, in the sense that you move on to someone who made those terrible decisions."
"I think going forward there are really a couple of things." This is America's story: can we go back to normal or do we have to move on to something new? It's where June is right now. She has done something terrible, or what she feels is irretrievable. Can she come back? Or do you have to decide that sometimes you not only have to sacrifice part of your life, but you also have to sacrifice your whole life to make the world a better place for the next generation? "And I think it's not just about changing the president," Miller continues. "It's not just about passing a law, like what we're doing now; some fights you continue to have, one fight you'll continue to have."
Miller says the future of the story is about the "long fight" and what it takes to defeat something you may never see the end of.
, which will be key to June's development as a character.
Littlefield also added that the show is currently "laying the groundwork for The Testaments," the 2019 sequel to the original novel on which the show is based.
, for which MGM Television and Hulu have already acquired the rights for a television adaptation.
As was the case with the adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale, it's unclear how much they stay true to the novel and how much the current show's plot will influence the spinoff.
. The producer admitted that “Honestly, we still don't know what those exact road signs are. We can't wait to find them, but it's not predestined. Miller also seemed to confirm a move in this new direction when he said, "I feel like we're reaching a turning point," with season 4 (especially the finale) already pointing in the direction of Les Testaments. In the dying moments of the season 4 finale, June holds baby Nicole while she is still covered in blood after leading Commander Waterford's involvement. When Luke walks in, he asks for a few moments with his daughter before he has to leave. After this terrible act of revenge, June will have to hide underground, which is how we find her more than a decade later in The Testaments. The novel's sequel focuses primarily on their two daughters: Hannah, now a young woman, is still in Gilead and joins the aunts to avoid marrying a commander, while a teenage Nicole was raised in Canada by two operators. Mayday who hid her true identity from her.
Throughout season 4, June came to realize that Moira and Luke were much more of Nicole's parents than they were, so it would make sense for them to appear as her parents in the spinoff as well.
The other major player in The Testaments is Aunt Lydia, who is revealed to have been a double secret agent since the early days of Gilead and, in her old age, manages to reunite the two sisters on a mission that will bring Gilead to its fullest. expression. drop. . In order for Hulu to cast the Lydia we know as playing the same role in the spin-off, she'll need to become a central part of the series going forward, transforming her into the shrewd orchestrator she's meant to become. In season 4 of the series, however, her authority already seemed to wane. One character we don't have a full stop for in The Testaments is Serena Joy. She now finds herself alone in lockdown in Canada, pregnant and with her late husband. Since the ICC has not exonerated Fred of her crimes, it is unlikely that she will be released any time soon. We have already seen protesters in favor of her and demanding her freedom, but since she is starting to write again, she could mobilize the media to demand her release. Could a romance with Tuello also be in the cards?
Ultimately though, we'll have to wait until the start of filming for the new season to Learn more about the details of the story behind The Handmaid's Tale season 5.
How many seasons of The Handmaid's Tale will there be?
Miller previously admitted ahead of Season 4 that he "didn't know" if Season 5 would mark the series finale.
. “I mean, and I've talked about it, and the editorial team and I have talked a lot about exactly where we're going, but I feel like after this year it's a good time to reevaluate,” he explained. Series producer Warren Littlefield also confirmed to Bustle that Miller is not a joker when he says he doesn't know: "I can tell you, if you had Bruce Miller in Sodium Pentothal, you'd have 'I don't know, because we don't.' We don't know yet." However, Miller also added that he will continue the series as long as Moss is on board with him. "As long as Lizzie does this with me, I'll continue," Miller told Deadline. "There's a lot of life in this story. I'm certainly fascinated by what's happening in The Testaments and whether it's part of our future is a bigger question."
Therefore, this story seems to have a long way to go.