Hulu has released a few first-look images from Season 2 of The Handmaid's Tale, and they are chilling to say the least. One features Offred/June, played by Elisabeth Moss, covered in blood; one reveals the barren existence of the dreaded Colonies; and one features a procession of Handmaids, dressed for a funeral in black and red.
“These scenes that are so beautiful, while set in such a terrible place, provide the kind of contrast that makes me happy,” showrunner Bruce Miller tells EW of the stills.
How do you follow up the success of the first season of The Handmaid's Tale? “The biggest barrier of Season 2 was Season 1,” Miller admits. Since Season 1 followed pretty closely to the book, Season 2 is "uncharted territory." Luckily Atwood was on hand to help guide Miller. "Margaret and I had started to talk about the shape of Season 2 halfway through the first," acknowledges Miller.
Miller doesn't want to give much more away about the plot, but he promises he's not being cagey; “I just want the viewers to experience it for themselves!” The showrunner told EW that Season 2 will not just focus on the Handmaids, but those who escaped Gilead (like June's best friend, Moira, played by Samira Wiley), and those who have been sentenced to the sterile, polluted deserts of Colonies.
The Handmaid's Tale has been one of the biggest television hits of the last season, having won eight Emmy Awards and recently taking home Best Drama at last week's Golden Globes. Based on Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel, The Handmaid's Tale is set in a patriarchal dystopian version of America, now called Gilead.
The disturbing landscape forbids women from working or being out in public alone; refers to homosexuals as "gender traitors," and forces women to become breeding factories in a world where a government conspiracy led to a dwindling in fertility rates. It is disturbingly easy to see how we can get from our society to Gilead's society.
The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 debuts on Hulu this April.