Fans of The Handmaid’s Tale will be excited to know that the cult classic Hulu series was picked up for Season 5. Stars of the show announced the news on Instagram back in December 2020. While it’s not a huge surprise, the shocking Season 4 finale did have some fans worrying.
The show had some setbacks when it came to Season 4 and Covid-19, but it doesn’t look like the pandemic will affect Season 5. Production on the next season is already underway, and fans are looking forward to seeing what kind of drama will unfold in Gilead next season.
Here is everything we know so far …
When is The Handmaid’s Tale Coming Back?
The exact release date for Season 5 is uncertain, but Hulu and the show’s writers said that the new season will be out sometime in spring or summer of 2022. Seasons 1-3 came out with a year between them and the Covid-19 pandemic made fans wait two years for Season 4 due to filming delays.
Despite the late release date, those close to the show are excited to share this amazing season with their fans. Elizabeth Moss, who plays leading lady June Osborne, said on the Instagram announcement: “I’m also thrilled to announce that we’ve been picked up for Season 5. It’s my privilege and honor to tell this story. … It’s going to be a wild ride.”
Who Will be in the Cast in Season 5?
Season 4 ended with the shocking death of Commander Waterford at the hands of June and some of the other handmaids. While it would be assumed that Joseph Fiennes, who played Waterford, wouldn’t be returning for Season 5, writers said that it could happen.
The Handmaid’s Tale uses a lot of flashbacks. And with all the trauma that June faced at the hands of Waterford and his wife, it’s possible he’ll show up in her memories again.
Another important character who fans expect to make an appearance is Serena Joy’s baby. There is no news about casting for the infant, but since the baby caused Serena’s status in the show to change, it wouldn’t be surprising to have some drama surrounding mother and child. Will Serena now be forced to become a handmaid?
What Will Happen in Season 5?
With Waterford dead and June escaped to Canada, fans are wondering what’s next for the cast of characters. While the show hasn’t released any specific spoilers, they have been giving hints about what could happen next.
Bruce Miller, a writer and producer for the series, said that “I think moving forward, there’s really a couple of things. It’s the American story – can we snap back to normal, or do we have to move on into something new? And that’s where June is right now.”
He continued, explaining that “she’s done this terrible thing, or what she feels like is irredeemable. Can she snap back? Or does she have to decide that sometimes you not only have to sacrifice part of your life, but you have to sacrifice your whole life to making the world better for the next generation?”
June will basically have to decide whether she wants to stay in Canada with Luke or go back to Gilead and destroy the horrific place from within.
Will The Handmaid’s Tale End this Season?
Writers and producers of the show aren’t sure if the TV series will end after Season 5. It is assumed that Hulu won’t cancel the beloved series because of how well it’s done. Since Season 1, The Handmaid’s Tale has drawn more and more viewers who are curious about the drama in Gilead. The Season 4 finale was the most-watched Hulu episode on its premiere day.
Miller is willing to continue the series as long as his team is on board. He’s not ready to walk away until the show is ready to end.
Miller spoke highly of his fellow writers in an interview with Deadline’s Contenders and said, “the team made an incredible TV show. So I’m not so quick to say, ‘oh, you know, let’s just, walk away.’ I don’t know how you felt about the pandemic, but I certainly learned the things of my life that are pretty rare and working with these people is one of them.”
He added that “yes, I know what the end is and I’m not going to overstay my welcome but I’m also not going to rush off if I don’t have to because as long as I am writing for Elisabeth Moss, you know, it really doesn’t get much better.”
And there is no lack of ideas for this TV show. Margaret Attwood wrote a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, called The Testaments. The writers of the Hulu series aren’t sure if they’re going to bring this second book into the show or if a possible spin-off series. Either way, it’s certainly good news for fans!