The Handmaid’s Tale is back on our screens in April – and, judging by the new trailer, it’s going to be even more nightmarish the second time around…
There’s no point denying it: The Handmaid’s Tale was easily the TV event of 2017. So, naturally, fans were very excited to learn that Hulu had a second season in the works – especially as the first series of Hulu’s TV adaptation – seen on Channel 4 in the UK – finished on the same intriguing cliffhanger as Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian 1985 novel (Offred ushered into a car by driver Nick, with no way of knowing if she’s on her way to freedom or capture).
Well, the first proper trailer for the second season has now landed – and it seems horribly apparent that Offred (Elisabeth Moss) has not escaped the oppressive Gileadean regime at all.
“Wear the red dress, and wear the wings,” Moss intones, as a series of frantic and frightening shots – including flames, furious faces and a noose – begin to fill the screen.
It is at this point that the orders she’s been given – and the words she’s been ordered to say – become more troubling.
“Shut your mouth. Be a good girl. Roll over and spread your legs. Yes, ma’am. May the Lord open…”
No wonder at the end of it all, then, she breaks and snaps: “Seriously, what the actual f**k?”
Ready to watch the trailer for yourselves? Then hold onto your winged bonnets, readers, as you’re in for a terrifying ride…
The Handmaid’s Tale showrunner Bruce Miller spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about what’s to come in series two.
“We [me and Atwood] had lots of discussions about what would happen to the characters after season one in small and big ways. We’ve been talking about it ever since the middle of season one.
“There are things Margaret thought about a lot because over the years, and that’s one of the biggest questions she’s been asked, is what happens next to these characters.”
He added: “There’s more collaboration for a couple of reasons; one is that we don’t have a text that was written stating specifically what happens next (although we have a sense of some of the things that might happen next because of the ‘historical notes’ section that takes place after the conclusion of the Offred story). So through that you get a little bit of a sense…
“We had a working relationship so we’ve been working much more closely and having those discussions for longer.”
Miller previously promised that series two does have a running theme.
“At the end of season one we find out that June was pregnant […] so the theme for the second season really is motherhood and what it means to be a good mother,” he teased.
“So much of Gilead is about having children and the weird way they deal with parentage. So it’s [looking at] the way we mother our good friends, the way we mother the people in our lives.”
Something tells us Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) won’t be taking home any Mum of the Year prizes.
The Handmaid’s Tale will be back under your eye – along with all of the original cast members (think Moss, Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd, Madeline Brewer, Amanda Brugel, O. T. Fagbenle, Max Minghella, Joseph Fiennes and more) – via Hulu and Channel 4 later this spring.
If you can’t wait that long, here’s everything we know about the second series so far.