While you're probably still recovering from The Handmaid's Tale season 3, Hulu have confirmed the show is getting another series. We're not out of the dystopian woods yet! Here's everything you need to know about The Handmaid's Tale season 4.
Do we have a trailer for The Handmaid's Tale season 4?
We certainly do. The first-look trailer dropped on 25 June, with June [Elisabeth Moss] saying: "I can't rest. My daughter deserves better. We all deserve better. Change isn't going to come easy, this war isn't going to win itself."
Now, eight months on Hulu has just released the full length trailer (which you can watch above) for season 4 of The Handmaid's Tale, and wow.
When was The Handmaid's Tale season 4 confirmed?
On 8 August 2019, Hulu announced they had commissioned a fourth instalment of the show, which is based on Margaret Attwood's novel of the same name.
The official The Handmaid's Tale Twitter account also announced the news to their 170k followers, writing, "You did this, Resistors. Praise be. 🙌 Season 4 of The #HandmaidsTale is happening!"
Who will star in The Handmaid's Tale season 4?
Despite Elisabeth Moss, who is both the lead character and the executive producer, being shot at the end of season 3, the trailer reveals she is still alive.
Serena and Fred Waterford will also live to see another season, with Joseph Fiennes who plays Fred spilling some details about their role (via Gold Derby). "He is so shaken by Serena's betrayal," he commented. "He is also – he's obviously going to be arrested. He's in a holding cell at the moment, but I think he'll have a lot to answer for in terms of war crimes.
"So I think there's a desperate need to become an informer, if you like, and to become, for Canada, the conduit into the machinations of Gilead."
Rita (played by Amanda Brugel) will not be returning, the actor told Harper's Bazaar.
When will The Handmaid's Tale season 4 air?
In the past, previous seasons have premiered in April 2017, 2018, and 2019. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many productions and release dates were put on hold, so it's unsurprising that The Handmaid's Tale season 4 didn't follow the same pattern and therefore didn't air in April 2020.
According to TheWrap, Hulu has told advertisers that the season 4 premiere has been delayed until next year, with a narrower window to come when filming resumes. Elisabeth Moss previously revealed the cast only had two weeks of filming the newest season and "didn't get a lot in the can" in terms of filmed footage, before they had to stop.
How can I watch The Handmaid's Tale season 4 in the UK?
Okay, so in and amongst all the excitement over the upcoming fourth series we all forget that Hulu, the streamer responsible for the show, can't be accessed in the UK. But, don't panic! You'll still be able to watch the new season of The Handmaid's Tale in the UK, thanks to Channel 4 who will be streaming the series later this year.
The Handmaid's Tale season 4 will land on Hulu on 28th April, and while we don't have an official UK release date yet, it's not likely to be far behind!
What will happen in The Handmaid's Tale season 4?
The fact there is another series would suggest June and her fellow Handmaids have not been totally successful in their resistance, and instead have to continue their fight into another instalment.
Yvonne Strahovsk, who plays Mrs Waterford, hopes to continue having a pivotal role. In an interview with Variety, she touched on how, despite the fact her story line has moved away from June's, she hopes to still be a main focus. “I certainly didn’t have a conversation with them where I said, ‘Hey guys, I need less scenes,’” she said. “I really love this role, and I love this show.”
Will June be reunited with her family? Much of season 3 saw Offred attempting to track down her family - could the next series finally see her reunited with her husband and daughter?
Will we see a world beyond Gilead? During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, showrunner Bruce Miller spoke about the direction the show could take. "I see a world beyond [the current one]," he revealed. "I would watch an episode about the Nuremberg trials after Gilead falls. There are lots of worlds you think of... where everything has changed so much."
There will be severe consequences for June. Showrunner Bruce Miller hinted in a new interview with E! News, "You can imagine, I mean, if one child getting out and going to Canada [became] an international incident.
"For Gilead, these kids were kidnapped from their homes. So I think they react like any other country would, but magnified because we’re living in a world where children are very rare. So are there going to be consequences more than [June] getting shot? Yes, absolutely."
The Handmaid's Tale season 4, we're ready for you.
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