Just a week after its second season premiered to a wave of critical acclaim and new viewers, Hulu has renewed the award-winning dystopian drama The Handmaid's Tale for Season 3, the streaming company announced Tuesday morning.
Hulu made the announcement during a presentation at Madison Square Garden's Hulu Theater, during which executives also touted its subscription growth to more than 20 milion viewers, much of which is attributed to Handmaid's and its ascension as critical darling, pop culture mainstay, and allegory for contemporary American sexism.
Though it did not reveal exact numbers, Hulu announced in a press release that Handmaid's Tale doubled its Season 1 audience with last week's premiere, following a surge in subscribers after the show's debut last year. Even before it debuted in April 2017, the series was drawing immense cultural attention, and when the episodes themselves were revealed it became clear that Handmaid's was the real deal. It drew immediate critical acclaim for its writing, performances, and design, as well as its commentary on modern sexism in the context of a future dystopian society in which fertile women are used as breeding vessels for privileged families.
By the end of the 2017 awards season, it had becomes the first-ever streaming series to win both the Emmy and the Golden Globe for best drama, and garnered eight Emmy Awards total, including Outstanding Lead Actress for Elisabeth Moss, Outstanding Supporting Actress for Ann Dowd, and Outstanding Guest Actress for Alexis Bledel. Last month, it added to its trophy case with the prestigious Peabody Award, and there's no reason to expect Season 2 won't be showered in yet another wave of nominations later this year.
Adapted from Margaret Atwood's classic novel of the same name, the first season of Handmaid's began by closely following the story of the Handmaid Offred (Moss) and her fight for survival in a world designed to oppress and demean her at every turn. Season 2 aims to deepen and perhaps even darken its look in Offred's personal struggle, while also expanding its worldbuilding out beyond her little sphere of existence within Gilead, including the colonies that lie beyond the country. Now the show will get yet another year beyond this to tell its story, growing past Atwood's novel in ways we perhaps never imagined when it debuted.
New episodes of The Handmaid's Tale arrive Wednesdays on Hulu.