Everything We Know About ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 4

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Under His Eye: more and more information continues to emerge about The Handmaid’s Tale season 4. Here’s everything we know, from its release date to new cast members and storylines!

Warning: spoilers for The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 lie below!

Where Did We Leave Off?

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As you might remember, season 3 of Handmaid’s Tale left audiences crying tears of both joy and sadness. In one of the most heart-wrenching episodes of television ever, we watched as June managed to smuggle out dozens of children from Gilead and into Canada. During the escape, she suffered a devastating gunshot wound, but remained alive through the final frames of the finale, with other handmaids carrying her somewhere. To safety, or the Underground, or a burial – we don’t know!

Meanwhile, the Waterfords sent Nick to the front lines, perhaps to keep him and June separated. Speaking of the Waterfords, Serena turned her husband into Canadian forces, hoping to recieve baby Nicole back in her custody. However, the Canadians found Serena guilty of war crimes, dashing her hopes of ever seeing Nicole again.

Now, onto the future! What does The Handmaid’s Tale season 4 have in store for us?

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4: What We Know

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According to Indiewire, the fourth season of The Handmaid’s Tale will contain ten episodes – unlike the previous two seasons, which had 13 episodes (the first one had ten, as well). Showrunner Bruce Miller said it’s all about the creativity and the quality, and not just the quantity. “Some storylines just seem to shake out as a 10-episode story, in my eyes. I feel like it gives us a little more freedom because you can rely more on one propulsive element.”

But when will the new season air? As of now, The Handmaid’s Tale season 4 has no release date. Unfortunately, while it was initially supposed to air sometime between April and June of this year, it looks like fans will need to wait a bit longer. In late 2019, on an episode of the Mayday Podcast, Handmaid’s Tale editor Wendy Hallam-Martin said that production will not begin until March. “They’re already writing, so it’s gonna take a while to act out the next season,” she said. “And then we have Margaret Atwood’s new book – The Testaments. That will dictate a lot of what happens in the next season, and we’ll see where we go with The Testaments.”

Yes, in case you didn’t hear, Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood’s sequel, The Testaments, will also be coming to Hulu…

Another The Handmaid’s Tale Book Will Be Made Into A Sequel

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34 years after Margaret Attwood published The Handmaid’s Tale, in 2019, she published a sequel, The Testaments. The book takes place 15 years after the book and the current show. The story views Gilead from two points of view: Aunt Lydia, a woman born and raised in Gilead, and a young woman smuggled out of Gilead. Hulu has confirmed that they bought the rights to the book and will develop a separate sequel out of it.

As we have reported in the past, the creators of the show plan to create many more seasons, spin-offs and sequels of The Handmaid’s Tale, and to expand the original show up to ten seasons. They plan to explore the universe of the story, perhaps going back, before Gilead, and after the regime has fallen (this is no secret; according to the original book and the new one, Gilead has indeed fallen, but after a couple of decades).

As to our assumptions of the new upcoming season, fans can only guess! Maybe June will join the resistance? Or perhaps she will try to rescue her firstborn, Hannah. Of course, June could also finally escape to Canada, reunite with Luke and baby Nicole, and live happily ever after. Though, with The Handmaid’s Tale’s tone, this seems unlikely. However, as showrunner Bruce Miller said: “Don’t try to guess what happens. That’s a fool’s errand. You will not be able to know what happens. That’s the beauty of the show.”

Sources: 22 Words, CheatSheet, TYLA.