The Handmaid's Tale Season 5: Release Date, Spoilers, Trailer, Cast And Plot

Katie O'Malley
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Photo credit: Todd Williamson - Getty Images

*Warning: This article may contain spoilers*

If 2020 gave you the heebie-jeebies then wait until you hear what the next decade has in store for you.

With The Handmaid's Tale season 4 expected to arrive on our TV screens in 2021, we’ve been wondering if a fifth – yes, a fifth – season of the show might be in the pipeline. After all, there’s so much work to be done in Gilead!

At the end of season 3, June (Elizabeth Moss) is alive and battling to overthrow the state of Gilead. Few details are known about what’s in store for June and her friends in season 4 but we imagine lots more handmaids will be attempting to seek asylum in Canada and for the resistance against Gilead to grow even stronger.

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Photo credit: David Crotty - Getty Images

So, could a fifth season be on its way?

Here’s what you need to know:

Is The Handmaid's Tale season 5 confirmed?

To put it simply, yes, a fifth season of the hit Hulu series has ben announced. But with the coronavirus pandemic halting filming of season 4, you can expect season 5 to arrive on our screens no earlier than 2022.

In December 2021, the series’ Instagram account shared a video of several of the cast members, including Elisabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel, Joseph Fiennes, Max Minghella, Samira Wiley, Ann Dowd, Bradley Whitford, Madeline Brewer, Yvonne Strahovski, O. T. Fagbenle, Amanda Brugel, and Sam Jaeger.

In the clip, the cast confirmed that the series had been renewed for a fifth season on Hulu. The caption to the video reads: ‘The cast has a special message for you Season 4 returns in 2021 …oh and praise be, we’ve also been renewed for Season 5! #HandmaidsTale.’

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‘It's my privilege and honour to tell this story. ... It's going to be a wild ride,’ concludes Moss.

Series creator Bruce Miller also said in December 2020, via The Hollywood Reporter: ‘We’re very grateful to Hulu and MGM that the show will be returning for a fifth season, and especially to our loyal fans for their support...

‘We are thrilled to be able to continue to tell these stories, with our incredible cast and crew, and can’t wait to be back on the air with season four next year.’

Who will star in The Handmaid's Tale season 5?

Hold your horses – season 4 hasn’t even been released and you want to know who is season 5? Well, of course you do, you’re only human.

Given the fact several of the original cast members star in a video announcing the confirmation of a fifth season, we expect to see more of Moss, Bledel and Wiley but there might be a few new faces added to the mix.

For example, we now know that British actress Zawe Ashton will be joining the season 4 cast, thanks to Miller’s comments to THR, as well as actress Mckenna Grace and actor Reed Birney.

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Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

Ashton will play ‘Moira’s girlfriend and an aid worker in Toronto', but we wonder if we’ll see more of her in season 5?

Is there a trailer for The Handmaid's Tale season 5?

No, and you shouldn’t be expecting one for a long time given that filming on season 4 is yet to air.

'We planned out the whole season, started filming, and then had to stop … everything from locations, to number of people in scenes, to traveling actors, all that stuff had a huge impact on our story, just because it has to, and honestly, we're in a situation where we have to make do with what we can get our hands on,' Miller told THR. 'In the end, it was surmountable, and I think we're making an excellent show, and I'm really proud of what we're doing, but it was hard, and it continues to be hard.'

Hulu released a one-minute-30-second teaser for season 4 back on June 24, 2020, and the official trailer on March 30, 2021. Season 4 will be on our the US-based screening site on April 28, 2021 and we couldn't be more excited.

It's likely UK viewers might have to wait a little longer to see the series, with Channel 4 confirming on March 17 that the show would be returning to the channel 'later in the year'. The channel stated that fans will be able to catch up on seasons 1-3 on All 4 ahead of the new season's release date.

What will happen in The Handmaid's Tale season 5?

This is anyone’s guess right now but you can be sure to expect a lot of drama given the way season 3 ended.

At the end of the third season, June was seen being carried away by handmaids after choosing to stay in Gilead to save her eldest daughter Hannah, instead of fleeing to Canada to seek asylum with those she’s helped escape.

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Commander Waterford and his wife Mrs Waterford had been captured by Canadian law enforcement for their part in war crimes. Meanwhile, Luke, Moira and Emily were volunteering with a refugee organisation helping those disembark the aircraft set for Canada (which June chose not to board).

Speaking about the fifth season, Miller told THR: 'I have to say I would have had very different ideas before the pandemic. I mean, we talked about it, and Lizzie and I have talked about it, and the writing staff and I have talked about it extensively about where we're going precisely, but I do feel like after this year, it's a good time to reassess.

'So I know where I am in the story, and I do feel like we're kind of reaching kind of a pivot point, but whether that's the end or not, I don't know. It just feels like it's a good time to reassess what you were thinking, just because the story world has opened up because the real world has changed so much.'

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