“I was asleep before. That’s how we let it happen. When they slaughtered Congress, we didn’t wake up. When they blamed terrorists and suspended the Constitution, we didn’t wake up then, either. Now I’m awake.” If the first few teasers for Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale chilled you for the vaguely ominous images from Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, then the first full-length trailer, which tracks the events that led to the Republic of Gilead and the lives of the Handmaids, will grip you the way the Handmaids clasp one another in preparation for their duties to the Commanders and Wives of Gilead.
In addition to Offred’s (Elisabeth Moss) narration, we get clips of Ofglen (Alexis Bledel) and Moira (Samira Wiley), plus a look into the Commander’s (Joseph Fiennes) household, with his sobbing Wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) and mysterious chauffeur Nick (Max Minghella). Plus, a chorus of children singing a hymn that you will never hear the same way again:
The Handmaid’s Tale premieres April 26 on Hulu. In the meantime, we’re wrapping up our reread of the novel and will be rewatching the 1990 movie in advance of the TV adaptation!