Welcome back, Ofglen! Alexis Bledel returns to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ for season 2 as a series regular

Alexis Bledel is currently a strong Emmy contender for Best Drama Guest Actress for her performance in season one of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” but fans can look forward to her return next year. Hulu has announced that Bledel will come back for the second season of the dystopian drama, and she’s getting a promotion. In season two Bledel will be a full-fledged series regular.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” tells the story of a dystopian future where a totalitarian theocracy forces fertile women to conceive children for infertile couples. Bledel was introduced in the first episode as Ofglen, a shopping companion for the protagonist Offred (Elisabeth Moss). At first Offred thinks Ofglen is a “pious little sh*t,” but after earning each other’s trust Ofglen reveals herself to be a freedom fighter who has been persecuted because she’s a lesbian. Ofglen pays a high price for her transgressions, but we’ll find out what happens to her next when the series returns next year.

Playing Ofglen is a dramatic change of pace for fans who know Bledel best for her breakthrough role as Rory Gilmore in the WB/CW series “Gilmore Girls.” She starred in that series from 2000-2007, and then reprised the role in 2016 when Netflix brought back the show for a special four-part revival, “A Year in the Life,” for which Bledel is also an Emmy contender for Best Movie/Mini Actress.

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