The first teaser for The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 immediately hooked me with the shot of Serena Joy in Offred’s window seat, mirroring the Handmaid’s pose from the pilot. The slow, overdramatic cover of “Stop Children What’s That Sound”? Not so much.
The second season looks to be just as visually arresting as the first, with the added bonus of expanding this dystopian universe beyond the constraints of Margaret Atwood’s novel. Even just the images of the Handmaids embedded in different parts of Gileadean society—standing behind glass at a meeting of the Commanders, what looks like reenacting the stoning-turned-solidarity moment in the finale—are intriguing.
Hulu also released the official synopsis:
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 2, Offred and all our characters will fight against—or succumb to—this dark truth.
It’ll be especially interesting to see if the other Handmaids continue to revolt, or if they are tempted back to the relative security of Gilead. And will Moira, recently escaped to Canada and reunited with Luke, be able to save June? And what happens when June’s supposedly dead husband finds her, pregnant with another man’s child?
Yeah, I’m excited to see where season 2 goes. Here’s the first look:
The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 premieres Wednesday, April 25 on Hulu.