Hulu has renewed its critically-acclaimed dystopian thriller The Handmaid’s Tale for a third season.
The news was announced Wednesday, May 2, at the network’s upfront presentation.
Adapted from Margaret Atwood’s influential and acclaimed novel, The Handmaid’s Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted religious fundamentalism that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead — all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.
The Emmy-winning drama series returned with a second season last week, 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 the second season, Offred and all other characters will fight against – or succumb to – this dark truth.
Alongside Moss stars Samira Wiley, who is Emmy-nominated in the role of Moira. Other cast members are Joseph Fiennes, Alexes Bledel, Madeline Brewer and more.