Alexis Bledel in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ season 2: First look photo of the Emmy winner as Emily/Ofglen

What has Ofglen been up to since she disappeared last season on “The Handmaid’s Tale”? On March 14 Hulu released a first-look photo of Alexis Bledel in dire straits in the upcoming second season, which premieres on the streaming service on April 25. See a piece of it above and scroll down to see the zoomed out view below.

Bledel appeared in season one of “The Handmaid’s Tale” in a recurring role as Ofglen, who in her previous life was a college professor named Emily and is persecuted for being a lesbian. As a handmaid she befriended Offred (Elisabeth Moss) and was a resistance fighter against the theocratic dictatorship of Gilead. Her fate was uncertain after she got behind the wheel of a car and mowed down a Guardian (roughly the Gilead equivalent of Nazi brownshirts) in broad daylight. She was forced into a black van and was never seen again for the rest of the season, but Bledel subsequently won the Emmy for Best Drama Guest Actress and earned a promotion to series regular in season two, so we knew we’d be seeing her again.

Now we know the context. The new photo of Bledel shows her in a muddy field that suggests that Ofglen has been banished to the Colonies, a region full of pollution and toxic waste where Gilead sends its citizens as punishment. Will she be able to survive there? We learned in season one that many slave laborers in the Colonies die from exposure to the toxic environment, so she may need to escape as soon as possible.

Bledel’s return to “The Handmaid’s Tale” means she may also return to the Emmys, though she won’t be in the guest category this time. Since she has been promoted to series regular she will now compete for Best Drama Supporting Actress, where she may face off against her co-star and defending Emmy champ Ann Dowd. Will she return to the Emmy lineup? And who do you think will win?

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