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*Season 5 spoilers ahead*
June Osborne is like a cat with nine lives, but it seems due time to claim the ninth.
Adapted from the classic novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood, the Elisabeth Moss-led The Handmaid’s Tale racked up 15 Primetime Emmy nods through its course, making history as the first show to win an award for a streaming service. Now, more than five years since the season 1 premiere, it's approaching its last chapter and fans are wondering what lies ahead for the series' future.
No doubt, there are tons of questions left to wrap up: Where is June going at the end of The Handmaid's Tale season 5 episodes? What consequences await Nick? Here's everything we know about The Handmaid's Tale season 6, including its release date, cast, spoilers and more:
Will there be a Handmaid's Tale season 6?
On September 24, Hulu wasted no time in telling fans ahead of the season 5 premiere that the streamer renewed the original series for a sixth season. One major caveat? The Handmaid's Tale ends with it.
The show's creator, Bruce Miller, announced in a statement:
“It has been a true honor to tell the story of Margaret Atwood’s groundbreaking novel and chillingly relevant world, and we are thrilled to bring viewers a sixth and final season of. We are grateful to Hulu and MGM for allowing us to tell this story, which, unfortunately, has remained as relevant as ever throughout its run, and are in awe of our incredible fans for their unwavering support, and without whom we never would have gotten to this point.”
As for when fans can bid their goodbyes ... there's no release date as of yet, but, the cast made sure to build up hype. On Instagram, the show's official page posted a video of some familiar faces that teased the renewal news. The caption read: "We can't keep this a secret any longer. #TheHandmaidsTale will return for a 6th and final season on @hulu. ✊."
Who will be in The Handmaid's Tale season 6 cast?
Based on that small snippet posted on the show's social media, we can expect that the entire cast will return for season 6:
Elisabeth Moss as June Osborne
O-T Fagbenle as Luke Bankole
Max Minghella as Commander Nick Blaine
Bradley Whitford as Commander Joseph Lawrence
Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy Waterford
Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia
Madeline Brewer as Janine
Samira Wiley as Moira
Amanda Brugel as Rita
Will there be a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale?
Good news! As it turns out, the hit series is getting its own sequel based on Margaret's 2019 novel The Testaments, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It's set 15 years after the 1985 dystopian story.
Any spoilers ahead of The Handmaid's Tale season 6?
Flashback to the season 5 finale cliffhanger, June and Luke (O-T Fagbenle) separated as he turned himself over to Canadian authorities. This moment helped June escape on the refugee train with her youngest daughter, Nichole. In a shocking twist, among the Gilead refugees she found an on-the-run Serena (Yvonne Strahovski) and her newborn, Noah.
Much like the rest of The Handmaid's Tale series, June was left alone to execute an important plan. This time, her mission was to reach Vancouver and, eventually, Hawaii. But who knows, maybe Serena will join her. Meanwhile, Hannah (Jordana Blake) and Janine (Madeline Brewer) appeared ready to rebel and it's certainly left much ground to cover going into season 6.
Considering readers never see June get a proper ending in the original novel because it continues into The Testaments, folks were curious as to whether the onscreen adaptation could pan out differently. Rest assured, Bruce told Deadline that fans can expect the on-screen sequel to follow the Hulu show's lead, rather than the 1984 novel.
Don't count on June playing a big part in the spinoff, however. "I don’t feel an allegiance to wrap her up the way she’s wrapped up in The Testaments novel. I just want to follow the story and make sure it makes sense," he spilled to the outlet.
Bruce continued: "I think that in the end, just like before we started the show, they had lives. She’s gonna go on and and continue on in whatever way she continues on, and we’re not going to see it. And because we got to see this part so intimately, I feel like you care about what happens to her next, but that’s not this tale."
Where can I watch and stream The Handmaid's Tale season 6?
Take a trip into the Gilead universe by streaming seasons 1 through 5 of The Handmaid’s Tale exclusively on Hulu. If you enjoy watching the show on your laptop, you can head over to the Hulu website. Otherwise, you can catch all seasons via the iPhone or Android apps. First-time users can sign up for a month-long free trial. Once the trial expires, you can keep using the service for as low as $6.99 per month.
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