Margaret Atwood left us with an unclear idea of June’s fate and that of the dystopian Republic of Gilead at the end of her 1985 brilliant novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. Now, Hulu is offering a pretty grim vision of what happened next in the trailer for the second season of the series adaptation.
Warning: If you haven’t seen the previous season of The Handmaid’s Tale (first, where have you been?), you should know that the video, below, contains many spoilers.
Shared exclusively by Entertainment Weekly, the trailer begins with June where we last saw her: inside of a van, hopefully with freedom for final destination. “Is this what freedom looks like?” says Elisabeth Moss, who portrays the character, at the opening of the video. “What will happen when I get out?” To those interrogations, the rest of the trailer might give some answers – while also raising a million more questions…
Among numerous other returning characters, we find Fred (Joseph Fiennes) and Serena Waterford (Yvonne Strahovski) in big trouble over the loss of their handmaid as their relationship goes even more downhill. Willing to trust no one, their choices will affect the future of Gilead and their chauffeur Nick, who still hides his status of double agent to the powerful couple.
We also get a first look at the feared Colonies, where Ofglen (Alexis Bledel) and Janine (Madeline Brewer) were sent as a punishment for their disobedience. “We come here, we work, we die,” summed up by Janine in the trailer gives us an overview of what life must have been like for them since they disappeared.
As for June, finally at large, she faces many challenges, one being to escape safely to a more friendly land while being pregnant with Nick’s baby and struggling with the idea of leaving her daughter Hannah behind. Miles away, we will also continue to follow the new life of Moira (Samira Wiley), now in Canada with June’s husband Luke (O-T Fagbenle), who won’t stop looking for her.
To find where all these new haunting story threads will take us, catch the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu from April 25!