Fans of the religious dystopian series The Handmaid’s Tale will be excited that the upcoming third season of the hit Hulu show not only has a firm release date, but also a chilling new trailer to gawk over.
Adapted from the Margaret Atwood 1985 novel with the same name, the award-winning TV series has become a huge hit. Viewers follow the story of June Osborne aka Offred (Elisabeth Moss), as she is held captive in a heavily armed neo-religious state that suffers from a lack of procreation. Therefore, any woman proven capable of bearing children becomes a Handmaid, which is horrifying and depraved position designed to allow the men of Gilead to have children, which will be raised as their own by their barren wives while the Handmaid moves along to another couple.
The previous two seasons have slowly been building to a revolution — not only from within, but also from outside. Season 2 featured numerous scenes from a refugee camp in Toronto, as well as political meetings with foreign delegates attempting to use diplomacy to ease the growing tensions.
In Season 3, it looks like the situation continues to escalate:
The trailer starts with June talking about all the things that don’t officially exist in Gilead, like “the resistance” or “escape.” But of course they exist. It then moved into June talking about gathering allies for upcoming fight, and then strangely paints Yvonne Strahovski’s character of Serena Joy Waterford as the ally in question. She’s probably not to be trusted, but we did see her waver in Season 2 when she realized that even an educated, well-behaved woman like herself has no actual influence in this new society.
It looks like all the usual faces will return in Season 3: Joseph Fiennes (Commander Waterford), Alexis Bledel (Emily), Madeline Brewster (Janine), Ann Dowd (Aunt Lydia), O.T. Fagbenie (Lucas), Man Minghella (Nick), and Bradley Whitford (Commander Lawrence) will all be back.
The ending of the trailer positions June as a savior figure, complete with symbolic angel wings. Will she be able to break down the chains of horrible sexism or oppression, or are viewers in for another season of building up their own hopes before the writers crush those hopes into tiny pieces and spit on them?
We will find out when The Handmaid’s Tale returns to Hulu on June 5.