The Handmaid's Tale's Alexis Bledel promises a focus on Emily's future (and past) in season 2

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Mar 13, 2018, 9:24 AM EDT

Season 1 of The Handmaid's Tale was, in a word, brutal — especially for members of the main cast of characters, some of whom had a much more uncertain ending than others. While we saw Offred/June's (Elisabeth Moss) story end on something of a cliffhanger, we also don't necessarily know what's next for Ofglen/Emily (Alexis Bledel), but we now have some more hints about what to expect from her journey in Season 2.

In an interview with Bledel, EW confirmed that the second episode of the new season will offer us our first real look at "the Colonies," a barren place outside of Gilead where women are forced to labor under harsh conditions. "Life in the Colonies is a last stop. Emily does not have a great deal of hope for a future there; she knows her days are numbered," Bledel said.

Marisa Tomei will be making a guest appearance in that episode as well, and Bledel discussed her experience working with the actress: "It was amazing to work with her; she’s someone whose work I admire. We had these incredibly dark, dramatic moments to play out that she brought so much depth to."

We'll also have the chance to see into more backstories apart from June's — including Emily's. It's already been reported that Clea DuVall will be playing Emily's wife; Bledel didn't expand on that announcement but stated that she "loved filming Emily's flashbacks." It's possible that both her past and field of expertise may factor in somewhat to Emily's resistance to living in Gilead. "I think much of her worldview is informed by her previous life as a professor of cellular biology," Bledel added.

Season 2 of The Handmaid's Tale will premiere April 25 on Hulu.