We’re formally in some new contemporary hell in 2018, and with regards to The Handmaid’s Tale, we’re already trying forward. If you happen to learn the e-book, you will know that the first season finale ends in the identical irritating manner the e-book ends: June is taken right into a mysterious van and carted off to a mysterious future someplace else. On this case, although, we do not have to marvel endlessly. The story will proceed. Since we’re venturing into uncharted territory past the books, the sky is just about the restrict. How a lot can we uncover in regards to the present’s subsequent chapter? Effectively, blessed be the fruit – we have lots to go over. Let’s have a look at what we may uncover (below his eye).
1. It is Going to Be Longer
Whereas the primary season was 10 episodes, the second has been extended to 13.
2. Alexis Bledel Will Reprise Her Function
Thought you’d seen the final of Ofglen/Emily? Not so quick. Bledel has been confirmed as part of season two’s cast! We’ll get a glimpse of Ofglen in the Colonies, the poisonous wasteland the place girls who commit crimes are despatched as punishment. “We get to see the colonies. It is a horrible place the place they ship Unwomen to work them to demise,” govt producer Bruce Miller stated throughout a pre-Emmy panel in August. Bledel additionally commented on her character’s new state of affairs, saying, “I am very to see what that appears like as a result of it is a utterly totally different world we’ve not seen on the present but – and I am scared.”
three. The Colonies Are Even Bleaker and Darker Than They Sound
A brand new function by Marie Claire describes the Colonies in all their grim glory. As a refresher, the Colonies are the place deviants (often called Unwomen) get despatched for misbehaving. The brand new story describes the Colonies as “a darkish and grime-filled wasteland.” Costume designer Ane Crabtree supplied a bit extra perception. “The Unwomen are type of the brand new Handmaids in season two. They’re turning over soil, attempting to maneuver radiation, in order that they get filthy,” she revealed. “They’ve in all probability six months – at greatest two years – to dwell. We’re attempting to indicate that humanity of their costumes. I made stunning sheer items to be worn below their outfits since they strip down, as their clothes is filled with radiation.” Yikes.
four. The Trailer Is DARK
5. Shock, Shock: The President Has Impressed Components of the Season
Whereas season one of many present was deliberate earlier than the 2016 election, the identical just isn’t true for season two. In relation to a few of Trump’s “draconian insurance policies,” as Marie Claire phrases it, creator Bruce Miller can not help however incorporate immediately’s actuality into the material of the present. “Oh, I feel we will not assist however let it affect us,” he stated. “We have now let it affect us. And there are a number of points we introduced up final 12 months that we wish to tackle this 12 months in methods we by no means had time to.”
6. Issues Are Solely Going to Get Worse All Round
Earlier this month, The Pool interviewed Elisabeth Moss and grilled her on what’s to return. “Wait until you see what’s coming! It will worsen, woman. Season two goes to be unhealthy too, actually darkish.” Right here we had been, pondering June may need been rescued from the Waterfords. Perhaps it is not that easy.
7. June Is Coated in Blood in a First Picture
eight. June’s Romance With Nick Might Intensify
Elle ran a profile of Moss in early June, and he or she dropped a small tidbit about her Gilead lover, Nick. “It is a part of the rationale that I am actually excited a couple of season two, she’s on this place the place she is perhaps in love with two individuals,” Moss stated, “Truthfully, I feel she does love Nick – if I can communicate for her – however I do not know if she is aware of that she does but. However she has a husband who she additionally loves, who’s the daddy of Hannah, who she additionally now is aware of is alive.”
9. Pay Consideration to the Marthas
Showrunner Bruce Miller famous, “The Marthas on the whole in Gilead are type of invisible . . . it has been nice for us that it has been such a gradual and cautious constructing of a relationship between Rita and Offred. That gradual and cautious build-up in season one results in a payoff in order that we are able to use her extra in season two.”
10. We May See Aunt Lydia’s Backstory
In the meantime, Miller additionally spoke to The New York Times about season two. Aunt Lydia may nonetheless play a key position within the present’s subsequent chapter. “Aunt Lydia is certainly one of my most fascinating characters,” Miller stated. “We wish to discover her again story, and what the lives of the aunts are like.”
11. The Mayday Resistance Is One other Key Element, however Let’s Not Get Too Excited
It is easy to imagine Mayday means salvation for the Handmaids, however not so quick. “The Mayday resistance goes to be an enormous a part of Season two,” Miller admitted. “The half that I have been fascinated about is that Mayday just isn’t the handmaid rescue group – it is the anti-Gilead group. And the anti-Gilead group just isn’t essentially a pal to June or a pal to Handmaids. If I used to be going to attempt to damage Gilead, the very first thing I’d do is kill all of the handmaids. You are attempting to weaken the state.”
12. The Waterfords Aren’t Essentially Going Away
After the finale, Miller talked about what’s to come. Regarding the Waterfords, he stated, “They’re nonetheless part of our plans for season two however in attention-grabbing methods.”
13. We May Meet June’s Mom
Miller additionally defined how June’s parentage may issue into the story. Miller spoke about June’s mother: “We have been fascinated about her lots. June’s mom is an enormous character within the e-book and consultant of an attention-grabbing type of feminism that was seemingly extra of that point.”
14. The Theme
“On the finish of season one, we discover out June was pregnant. The theme of season two is motherhood and what it means to be a mom,” Miller defined at The Handmaid’s Story panel in August. “It is the best way we mom our good mates and the individuals in our lives.”
15. Luke and Moira May Try a Daring Rescue
In the course of the panel in August, Samira Wiley mentioned the brand new potentialities season two holds because it’s going past the story of the e-book. “The [first] season ends precisely the place the e-book ends, and to have the ability to go in season two not figuring out what is going on to occur and to be on this utterly new nation with Luke who’s the one household I’ve, it is thrilling to see what is going on to occur,” she stated.
16. The Premiere Date Has Been Set
The second season is going to drop in April, however there hasn’t been any phrase on what day.