The Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale” has long left behind its source material, a 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood. Now in its fifth season, “The Handmaid’s Tale” explores ever-horrific corners of the Old Testament-inspired society that Atwood laid out in her classic novel. June (Elisabeth Moss) begins the series as Offred, a “handmaid” for a high-ranking couple, Fred (Joseph Fiennes) and Serena Waterford (Yvonne Strahovski), the architects for Gilead. In a world where fertility is dwindling, June is expected to bear their child. Come Season Five, June is a revolutionary, public figure who gave voice to the injustices of Gilead by testifying in Canada. Here’s what you need to know about the future of the series, especially after that shocking finale in which June got a tiny bit of the revenge she’s after.
Hulu revealed that the show would premiere on September 14, 2022. Based on past seasons’ rollouts, Hulu is likely to release a batch of two or three episodes before moving over to a weekly basis. The series was renewed for a fifth season in December 2020, accompanied by a video featuring all the (remaining) cast members. Along with the release date announcement, Hulu unveiled first-look photos from Season Five. Serena appears to be wearing mourning attire. Her husband, Fred, was killed in an unsanctioned execution in the Season Four finale, orchestrated by June and carried out by other former Gilead women. Serena is pregnant with a son. June is seen giving another one of her signature steely glares, signaling that her work to dismantle Gilead is far from over. Season Four begins with a heroic mission: June and other maids attempting to smuggle children out of Gilead. A few of the gruesome highlights from her storyline.