It’s been a good season for “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The Hulu series became the first streaming program ever to win Best Drama Series at the Emmys last September, and since then the buzz hasn’t died down. On Sunday, January 7, it won two Golden Globes: Best Drama Series and Best TV Drama Actress (Elisabeth Moss). Then at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Thursday, January 11, it won those same two categories, along with Best Drama Supporting Actress (Ann Dowd), which it also won at the Emmys. Now Hulu is offering first-look images at season two, which includes a blood-soaked Moss as Offred/June Osborne. Whose blood is it exactly? We’ll have to wait until the second season premieres in April to find out.
The timely dystopian series about life in Gilead, a religious theocracy that forces fertile women into servitude as sexual and procreative slaves, still has two nominations at the SAG Awards it could claim, for its ensemble cast and for lead actress Moss’s performance. If it wins there as well it will carry its season-long victory lap into the April premiere, for which Hulu has offered this synopsis as a preview of what’s to come: “The Emmy-winning drama series returns with a second season 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 Season Two, Offred and all our characters will fight against — or succumb to — this dark truth.”
“The Handmaid’s Tale” is based on the famous 1985 dystopian novel by author Margaret Atwood. The first season covered much of the novel, but season two will carry the story forward. To where? We have the following images as clues: