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If 2020 and 2021 gave you the heebie-jeebies then wait until you hear what the next decade has in store for you.
After The Handmaid's Tale season four returned to our TV screens in May 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 four, June (Elizabeth Moss) and several women beat FredWaterford to death in the woods. The next day her husband, Luke, finds her covered in blood and upset in her daughter Nichole's room. But where does she go at the end?
Finally, Hulu has confirmed that season five of the hit show is finally on its way.
Here’s what you need to know about The Handmaid's Tale season five:
Is The Handmaid's Tale season 5 confirmed?
To put it simply, yes, a fifth season of the hit Hulu series has ben announced.
A first look of the upcoming season was teased by Hulu on Instagram in June 2022, along with its release date.
In the post June is seen dressed in white looping up, while Serena looks down, smiling, while dressed in a black veil.
At the end of season four fans will remember that June and her fellow handmaids killed Commander Fred Waterford and sent his finger to then-pregnant Serena, who was granted freedom in Canada.
According to the streaming platform a two-episode premiere will start on Wednesday, September 14, with episodes following weekly. Sadly, a release date for the UK is yet to be announced but we can expect to see it on Channel 4 soon after its US premiere.
Earlier this year Elisabeth Moss, who plays June, said of the forthcoming season in an inteview with TV Line: 'I will say that the season itself is possibly one of the wilder rides that we've had. Some seasons a lot happens, some seasons not as much happens. This season, I almost can't keep up.
'And it's not lip service. I truly mean I almost can't keep up with the amount of activity that's happening.
'So that's been exciting, and it's been challenging of course, because it means we're working really hard, and we're on location a lot. But never a dull moment is the way I would say it.'
In March 2022 Samira Wiley - who plays Moira in the show - appeared on an episode of The View and shed light on what to expect from season five.
'We’re picking up, really exactly where we left off,' Wiley said. 'Everyone who saw the season finale knows what happened with Commander Waterford. And so June, as always, is in a little bit of trouble.'
She added: 'But she’s in Canada now, and she’s living with Moira, my character, and also her husband, Luke.'
On June's future she noted: 'She has resources around her now that she hasn’t had before living in Gilead. So, we’ll see how that will play out. How June can fight Gilead from within Canada and the help of her friends.'
Ann Dowd, who plays the terrifying Aunt Lydia in the series, teased episodes in season five while discussing her new film Mass with The Independent.
When asked when the cast and crew will film season five, Dowd said: 'We begin shooting in February.'
'I’ve read the first couple of episodes and all I can say is they’re so good. I just didn’t see any of this stuff coming. To be able to get to season five and you’re thinking, "What?!"'
'Not in an outlandish way where you’re thinking, "Wait a minute, how could that happen?" It’s like: "[gasps] that is fantastic." It’s really good. There’s stuff that happens that’s like, "Woah, woah, woah."'
In December 2020, 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.’
‘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?
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.
British actress Zawe Ashton joined the season four cast, thanks to Miller’s comments to THR, as well as actress Mckenna Grace and actor Reed Birney.
Ashton plays ‘Moira’s girlfriend and an aid worker in Toronto', but we wonder if we’ll see more of her in season 5?
Actor Amanda Brugel opened up to Digital Spy about criticism of the show and comparisons of an early season four episode to Saw. After all, over the years we've seen everything from gouged out eyes to tongues being cut out.
'I really think the only way to make an impact is to make people uncomfortable,' the actor said. 'Not so uncomfortable that they turn away, but that it hits a nerve in order to make people stand up and pay attention.
'Nothing that has been shown in the show is new. These are things that happen all around the world, constantly. And so while it's uncomfortable and it's not easy to digest, I think it's important to show that we're not even close to being done with our journey, especially towards violence against women, misogyny, and there being equity between the genders.'
The comments come after actor Madeline Brewer said she understands that the show can be 'difficult' to watch, 'especially in the last year'. However, she noted to Digital Spy: 'I think the show since season one has been a big ask. We ask a lot of the viewers to enter this – you know, it's not fun. You're not watching Mamma Mia. I love Mamma Mia, but it's just not the world that we are living in.'
Is there a trailer for The Handmaid's Tale season 5?
No, and you shouldn’t be expecting one for a long time.
Is there a release date for The Handmaid's Tale season 5?
Yes, it's September 14, 2022 on Hulu in the US with episodes to drop in the UK likely soon after.
In an interview in November 2021, Samira Wiley (who plays Moira), said the cast will 'start filming soon'.
Miller also told THR: '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.
'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 four back on June 24, 2020, and the official trailer on March 30, 2021.
What will happen in The Handmaid's Tale season 5?
You can be sure to expect a lot of drama given the way season four ended.
At the end of the third season, June is seen holding her baby and telling her husband Luke: 'I know. I'm sorry.
'Just give me five minutes, okay? Just give me five minutes with her, then I'll go.'
Now that she has to live with the consequences of killing Fred Waterford, it's unknown where she'll go next.
— The Handmaid's Tale (@HandmaidsOnHulu) July 28, 2020
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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