“I’ve had 30 years to think about Season 2,” reveals Bruce Miller when teasing the upcoming episodes of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The showrunner has long wondered what happened after the ending of Margaret Atwood‘s classic novel about a woman (Elisabeth Moss) forced to become a concubine in the not-so-distant future. “The most frustrating thing about the book is how it ends,” he jokes. Now, the wait is finally over. We chatted with Miller on the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere for “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2, held April 19 at the Chinese Theater. Watch the exclusive video interview above.
Season 1 closely followed the structure of Atwood’s book, ending with a cliffhanger where Offred (Moss) is arrested for disobeying orders. For the second season, Miller and his team of writers “very much wanted to continue Margaret Atwood’s world and Margaret Atwood’s story. In the first year, we were able to find a way to bring that to life, and so it gave us a good foundation for Season 2, when we’re moving forward but very much in that world.”
“The Handmaid’s Tale” hit the Emmy jackpot last year, winning Best Drama Series and Best Drama Writing for Miller, as well as Best Drama Actress (Moss), Best Drama Supporting Actress (Ann Dowd), Best Drama Guest Actress (Alexis Bledel), Best Drama Directing (Reed Morano), Best Production Design and Best Cinematography.
The Hulu series is the frontrunner to repeat at the 2018 Emmys for Best Drama Series, according to our experts from major media outlets. Nine out of 12 experts are predicting a victory, giving it first place racetrack odds of 4/1. They are: Debbie Day (Rotten Tomatoes), Ben Travers (Indiewire), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Adnan Virk (ESPN), Eric Deggans (NPR), Chris Harnick (E!) and Joyce Eng (Gold Derby).
The other three experts — Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Ken Tucker (Yahoo), and Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post) — are predicting a return to glory for “Game of Thrones,” which won Best Drama Series back-to-back in 2015 and 2016, but was missing last year because its sixth season aired after the eligibility period. That season will compete this year, alongside other leading contenders “This Is Us,” “Stranger Things,” “The Crown,” “Westworld” and “The Americans.”
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