It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for news on new episodes of our favorite shows, and while that makes total sense and is for good reason given COVID-19 restraints, it’s good to know new seasons are in the works. In fact, Hulu has finally graced us all with the first proper trailer for The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 and oh man, it looks really insane (and so good).
- Offred is fully joining the resistance. This isn’t necessarily news, but we know that Offred is over playing nice and is actively fighting against the powers that be in Gilead, though it’s clear from the trailer (and from everything we’ve seen in the first three seasons) that it’s going to be far from easy.
- She might finally be headed to Canada. While the end of Season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale left Offred behind in Gilead, we also know that Serena has been arrested in Canada and there’s going to be a trial, something Offred is likely going to want to attend. Could she finally be reunited with her husband in Season 4?
- Beyond that, the details are pretty blurry. All in all, we don’t actually know much of what to expect of Season 4. Will we learn more about Nick and June’s relationship and see that progress? Will June continue to take one step forward, three steps back in fighting those in power in Gilead? (That one’s likely.) It’s hard to know what’s coming but from the little bit Hulu has shown us, it’s bound to be good
- While the writers could basically do anything, they plan to play it safe. By safe I mean that they want to stick as closely as possible to Margaret Atwood’s original book despite the fact that they’ve expanded on that material quite a bit. While in theory they could go absolutely nuts and write this story however they want (though it’s unlikely they would go too far off course given that Atwood is a consultant on the series), they want to be true to its origins. “People talk about how we’re beyond the book, but we’re not really,” showrunner Bruce Miller told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s maybe handled in an outline, but it’s still there in Margaret’s novel. We’re not going beyond the novel; we’re just covering territory she covered quickly, a bit more slowly.”
The first three episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 will launch on Hulu on April 24.