If Gilead actually followed their own rules, June would have been dead a long time ago
Hulu’s flagship original series, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, based on award-winning novelist Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel (of the same name) is expanding its dystopian universe with the announcement of its fourth season. The series takes place in Gilead, a futuristic nation where the autocratic government assigns women to societal roles based on their wealth and fertility.
- Is there a trailer for season 4 yet?
- What we know about the plot for the fourth season
- The rumours that June’s rebellion will finally take place in season 4 might just be true
- There are speculations about whether this is the last season of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’
The dystopian tragedy series is set in a world where fertility rates have collapsed as a result of sexually transmitted diseases and environmental pollution. The totalitarian government of Gilead establishes itself in the United States, in the aftermath of a second civil war.
Reigned by fanaticism, Gilead has constructed social classes in which men have the upper hand and women are brutally dominated by them. By law, (or the lack of it), women in the country are forced to work in limited roles. Fertile women are enslaved and forced to be “handmaidens” for rich households, not allowed to own property or have any right and freedom of their own.
Last year, Hulu announced that the show has been picked up for a fourth season – thanks to its massive fanbase and the recognition earned by the previous seasons. While there is time before the fourth season arrives, here’s everything we know so far about its arrival!
Take a look at the official announcement here!
Is there a trailer for season 4 yet?
Not a trailer exactly. Earlier this year, the show’s production had to be shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic which halted television and movie productions across the globe.
Though the preview that dropped last month was not entirely new and included scenes from previous seasons, it gave fans enough peek to be excited about – it revealed that fans can expect the new season in 2021! Although Hulu did make the announcement at a presentation this year, they didn’t specify when exactly in 2021, fans could expect a premiere date, as reported by Variety.
Watch the season 4 teaser here.
What we know about the fourth season’s plot
During a scene in the newly released teaser, it is revealed that June’s ploy to get children across the border and into Canada is just the beginning of a bigger movement – to encourage other handmaids to take back their country and their freedom.
“The war isn’t going to win itself”, she says.
Perhaps one of the most powerful lines from the series that has hinted at a rebellion in the future is, “They should never have given us uniforms if they didn’t want us to be an army”. June’s words come into play, now.
As for what fans can expect from season 4, showrunner Bruce Miller has some honest advice. “Don’t try to guess what happens”, he said, “That’s a fool’s errand. You will not be able to know what happens. That’s the beauty of the show”.
The rumours that June’s rebellion will finally take place in season 4 might just be true
Before the premiere of season 3, fans predicted that it’d be the season of June’s rebellion. Of course, it was only revealed later that it was only the beginning, and that June and the others were taking their first steps. Considering how far she has already gone, it doesn’t seem like she’ll stop any time soon, making her rebellion in Gilead even more obvious. Helping children escape to Canada will certainly not go down well with the fanatic leaders.
Talking about the plot armour that June might wear in the coming season, Elisabeth Moss (who plays the character) told “The Hollywood Reporter” that June is “Somebody who would do absolutely anything for a cause, absolutely anything to save those kids and get them out. Nothing could get in her way”.
“How do you wipe the blood off your hands? How do you become someone who can live in a normal society? Do you not? She’s changed forever. I don’t see it going any other way. But I do think there’s some humanity that will have to come back”.
There are speculations about whether this is the last season of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’
For everyone speculating on how long the show is going to last and what might still be in store, fans have often concluded that the show might run for 10 seasons.
But, even if it wraps up much earlier, Hulu has already picked up the rights for an adaptation of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ sequel, ‘The Testaments’, a 2019 novel also written by Margaret Atwood that narrates the incidents that take place 15 years later. So, while the end of the tyranny in Gilead might be on its way, thanks to June and her rising army of handmaids, the end of Gilead certainly isn’t!