The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 will go to the colonies and feature Marisa Tomei

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Jan 15, 2018, 3:01 PM EST (Updated)

The second season of The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu finally has a premiere date of April 25, but what will it be about? During the show's panel at TCA, creator and executive Bruce Miller, executive producer Warren Littlefield, and Golden Globe-winning actress Elisabeth Moss shed some light on the sophomore season of the dystopian drama. For one thing, it will be delving into unexplored aspects of Margaret Atwood's original novel of the same name thanks to an extended budget. 

"Atwood describes the colonies, and it’s a pretty forbidding world, but in the book she never goes there. In Episode 2, we go to the colonies," said Littlefield. Miller piped up to add that the second episode will also feature a special guest star, Spider-Man: Homecoming's Aunt May, Marisa Tomei. Despite Season 2's divergence from the source material, Littlefield promised that it won't be “post-Atwood." 

The theme of motherhood will also factor into Season 2 in a very big way. "So much of this season is about motherhood," said Moss. "We’ve locked into it in a whole new way. The impending birth is a ticking time bomb. It’s a wonderful thing to have a baby, but it's in this world. What if the baby gets taken away from her? It makes for good drama, and it’s a big part of the season." 

Given the show's female-empowerment ideas, half of the directors hired for the darker Season 2 are women like Kari Skogland, who directed the Season 1 finale. “It’s really important to us,” said Littlefield.