‘Handmaid’ Back on Hulu

(Above: Elisabeth Moss in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’)

The Handmaid’s Tale,’ based on the Margaret Atwood novel, returns Wednesday, April 25, for its second, 13-episode season.

Hulu will debut the season with two new episodes. Subsequent episodes will debut every Wednesday.

The series focuses on the dystopian Gilead, “a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the US.”

In this world, in which a “twisted fundamentalist regime … treats women as property of the state,” Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss plays Offred, “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.”

Season two will focus on Offred’s pregnancy and her efforts to free her child from Gilead. “Offred and all characters will fight against – or succumb to – this dark truth…. ‘Gilead is within you.’”

The cast includes The Leftovers’ Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia, Shakespeare in Love’s Joseph Fiennes as Commander Fred Waterford, Orange is the New Black’s Madeline Brewer as Janine, The Mindy Project’s Max Minghella as Nick, The Five’s O.T. Fagbenle as Luke, Orange is the New Black’s Samira Wiley as Moira, and Chuck’s Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy.

Hulu made history by claiming its first Golden Globe Awards with The Handmaid’s Tale. The series, based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopic novel, won in two categories: Best TV Series, Drama; and Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama, for Moss’ portrayal of Offred. Dowd was also nominated for The Handmaid’s Tale, but lost, in the category of Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited-Series, or TV Movie.

For more information about how to watch The Handmaid’s Tale, visit Hulu.

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