It’s nearly been whole year since The Handmaid’s Tale entered our lives (can you believe it?), becoming one of the most important feminist TV dramas of our time. Its controversial story of a totalitarian state where women are considered property not people sent waves across the world, snapping up Golden Globes and Emmys as it quickly gained cult status.
A second series was announced almost instantly, which is set to air very soon – but when? Here’s what we know so far.
When does it start and where can I watch it?
UPDATE: Channel 4 has confirmed that the second series will premiere on Sunday 20th May at 9pm, so set your reminders now!
Season one of The Handmaid’s Tale first landed on Hulu on 26th April in 2017, and season two has gone live today, but unfortunately the streaming service still isn’t available in the UK. However, Channel 4 has confirmed it has snapped up the UK rights to the show once again this year, being the first place on British soil to air the series last year on 28th May. The channels bosses have reportedly named “spring 2018” as the start date.
If that’s anything to go by, we could be seeing the show land on Channel 4 by the end of May, approximately a month after the US get the first look.
What can I expect?
At the end of season one, we saw Elisabeth Moss’ character Offred (aka June) fall pregnant, with lots of mystery around who the father could be. Undoubtedly, this storyline will be a huge focus of season two, as well as her attempted liberation from her Handmaid life. The official trailer also teases more drama, violence and mind games, which we’ll have to wait until the season airs to fully experience.
Which cast members are returning?
Obvs, main cast members Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Alexis Bledel and Samira Wiley are back in their leading roles for season two. We’ll also see 24 star Cherry Jones play Offred’s mother, Veep‘s Clea DuVall guest star as Ofglen’s wife Sylvia and The West Wing‘s Bradley Whitford take on the role as the architect of fictional state Gilead’s economy.