Hulu fittingly chose International Women’s Day to premiere the latest teaser for The Handmaid’s Tale season 2, premiering in late April. At a scant 40 seconds, it won’t answer any burning questions about the fate of Offred/June (Elisabeth Moss) at the end of the first season—a fate that is very much uncharted territory outside of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel. This teaser is more of a reminder of the horrors of Gilead, with enough fire to it to remind viewers that this season is concerned with burning it all down.
The teaser is too short to show us much in the way of actual plot, just harrowing images—Moira (Samira Wiley) crying, the return of (or a flashback to) revolutionary Emily (Alexis Bledel)—while June recites what is expected of her and her fellow Handmaids: “Wear the red dress. Wear the wings. Shut your mouth. Be a good girl. Roll over and spread your legs. Yes, ma’am. May the Lord open. Seriously, what the actual fuck?”
According to Glamour, Hulu describes the second season as “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.” In fact, that exact phrase shows up in the previous teaser.
The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 premieres Wednesday, April 25 on Hulu.