‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Returns

The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu’s breakout dystopian hit, returns tomorrow, April 28, with its first new episodes in almost two years.

The first three episodes of season four will drop together, with another seven to debut subsequent Wednesdays through June 16.

So where will June (Elisabeth Moss) be by June? Back in “The Wilderness,” judging by the title of the season’s final episode. In the meantime – in tomorrow’s installments titled “Pigs,” “Nightshade” and ‘The Crossing” — the former sexual slave in the former United States leads a rebel force, gets recaptured and then tortured. It seems that evil Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) is very, very mad at her.

The Handmaid’s Tale has already been renewed for a fifth, and not necessarily final, season. But there’s likely more to come once the show finally ends, as Hulu and producer MGM TV are reportedly planning a series based on The TestamentsMargaret Atwood’s sequel to her 1985 novel, The Handmaid’s Tale — which was published a month after season three ended in August 2019.

The first three seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale won 12 Emmys and two Golden Globes. Those 36 hour-long episodes can be binged at hulu.com/series/the-handmaids-tale, where the new season will also reside.

The Handmaid’s Tale also stars Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley and Alexis Bledel.

You can also see Moss, Dowd, Fiennes and Strahovski, plus executive producers Bruce Miller and Warren Littlefield, discuss “Female Empowerment in the Age of The Handmaid’s Tale” in a just-released free video from the The Paley Center for Media. It’s available on Yahoo.

The Handmaid's Tale, Paley Center

Hulu offers three subscription plans: $5.99 a month with ads; $11.99/month for a mostly commercial-free experience; and $54.99 monthly for Hulu + Live TV, which includes 60 channels and unlimited access to Hulu’s ad-supported content.  The first two options offer a one-month free trial. Hulu + Live TV offers one week of free streaming.

You can also get Hulu in a bundle with Disney+ and ESPN+ for $12.99 a month, but no free trial.

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