Blessed be. Award-winning The Handmaid’s Tale was definitely one of the best new shows of 2017 and the series is now set to return for a harrowing second season in less than a month. Ahead of its April 25 premiere, Hulu has now unveiled a full Season 2 trailer for the series based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel.
The story is set in a future version of the U.S. where fertility is down, women have no rights, and those who are fertile are seen as nothing but baby-making machines. The 13-episode second season will center on Offred/June's (Elisabeth Moss) pregnancy and her fight to free herself and her unborn child from the violent patriarchal horrors of Gilead as well as get her daughter back.
“‘Gilead is within you’ is a favorite saying of Aunt Lydia,” reads the official synopsis. “In Season Two, Offred and all our characters will fight against – or succumb to – this dark truth.”
Since the first season ended exactly where Atwood’s novel wraps up — with Offred being taken away in the back of that van to whatever fate awaited her — the second season will begin to expand Atwood’s original story. Which should make things interesting since we'll start heading into more uncharted territory a la Game of Thrones.
As you can see from the trailer, we'll get to explore life in the colonies where Ofglen/Emily (Alexis Bledel) was sent to, and we’ll go back north of the border to see what Moira (Samira Wiley) and June’s hubby Luke (O-T Fagbenle) are up to in Canada. All of our main Season 1 characters are back, with some of them in more peril than ever. Season 2 will also feature some new faces in the shape of Cherry Jones as June’s feminist mother, Holly, and Bradley Whitford as Commander Joseph Lawrence: the architect of Gilead's economy. Marisa Tomei and Clea Du Vall will also guest-star.
The Handmaid’s Tale also stars Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes, Max Minghella, Ann Dowd, Madeline Brewer, O-T Fagbenle and Amanda Brugel.