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HANDMAID’S TALE To Skew Darker in Season 2

By on January 15, 2018

The Handmaid's Tale -- Offred (Elisabeth Moss), shown. (Photo by: George Kraychyk/Hulu)

As part of their Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour announcements yesterday, Hulu confirmed that The Handmaid’s Tale will return for season 2 on April 25 2018.

Premiering with 2 new episodes initially, subsequent episodes will be released every Wednesday only on Hulu.

“So much of the season is about motherhood,” commented series star Elisabeth Moss (Offred) to assembled press at yesterday’s event. “It’s a bit of a ticking time bomb. And the complications of that are really wonderful to explore… It’s a dark season. I would say, arguably, it’s darker than season one — if that’s possible.”

Hulu tells us that the 13-episode second season will be shaped by Offred’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. “Gilead is within you” is a favorite saying of Aunt Lydia. In season two, Offred and all characters will fight against – or succumb to – this dark truth.

“The scary things in this series, some of them are happening today,” executive producer Bruce Miller told press, referring to a moment in the season 2 premiere that features a flashback to the beginnings of Gilead’s totalitarian regime, and a protester carrying a “Resist” placard that wouldn’t look out of place in a modern American protest rally. Coincidence or deliberate social commentary?

“We have a few more months to go before we premiere,” said Miller. “Currently things can catch up with us. We’ve written things and then seen them on TV. I don’t think it’s a reason to jump in and start changing stuff. We’re separated enough from reality that it’s never going to feel like it’s happening out there in the world.”

Miller also announced the casting addition of Marisa Tomei, who will come aboard the series as part of a colony story, not previously explored in Margaret Atwood’s source material.

And while breaking new ground was a theme of the press tour, Miller was keen to point out that Atwood’s fingerprints are still firmly all over the project, despite the series now moving outside of the novel’s scope.

“I wouldn’t predict too much about season two from season one,” warned Miller. “And I don’t think anything we do is post-Atwood. I think we’re living in an Atwood world. We saved a lot of things from season one that we weren’t able to cover. It’s just an expansion of the world. We’re certainly not beyond the story that she was telling. She’s still the mother of this series.”

The Handmaid’s Tale comes to Hulu from MGM Television and is created, executive produced and written by Bruce Miller, executive produced by Warren Littlefield, Elisabeth Moss, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, and Ilene Chaiken.

The series stars Emmy® and Golden Globe Award-winning actress Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer, O-T Fagbenle and Amanda Brugel.

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