When Hulu renewed The Handmaid’s Tale for a fourth season, its third wasn’t even over yet, so it looks like we’re not getting out of this dystopian nightmare anytime soon! What the hell is going to happen to Nick? Is June ever going to get out? Do the Waterfords ever actually get Nichole back? There are so many questions that need to be answered.
Here’s everything we know about season 4, which finally, finally, finally has a premiere date after major production delays.
Is season 4 even happening?
Based on the headline of this article, you’ve probably deduced that yes, we are getting a fourth season. Thank god, praise be, let the lord open—let it out however you may feel! The show is expected to premiere on April 28, and trust us when we say it’s going to be quite a bumpy ride for our favorite members of Gilead.
The actual production for the new season hit a few major snags over the last year—thanks COVID-19—but don’t worry, folks. Filming quickly resumed in September 2020, with Hulu making sure to announce its premiere would be pushed back to April 2021. Which, lucky for us, is right now. So not much longer to go!
How many episodes will the new season have?
On February 25, Hulu announced it would be dropping the first three episodes all at once, so carve out some time to binge on premiere day! According to the streaming site, the new season will be a total of ten episodes, but there’s no real indication of when the next episodes are expected to air. But Hulu did give a brief description of what fans can expect from season four:
“In the 10-episode upcoming season, June (Elisabeth Moss) strikes back against Gilead as a fierce rebel leader, but the risks she takes bring unexpected and dangerous new challenges. Her quest for justice and revenge threatens to consume her and destroy her most cherished relationships.”
Iiiiinteresting. And if you're wondering why this season will have 10 episodes when previous seasons had more than that, showrunner Bruce Miller assured fans it’s not cause for alarm.
“From my point of view, [the decision] was 100 percent creative,” Miller told IndieWire. “Some storylines just seem to shake out as a 10-episode story, in my eyes.”
Did Hulu release a trailer?
You bet they did. After giving sneak peeks over the course of the past few months, the good people of Hulu decided to grace us with a new trailer! While the original teaser did use some footage from previous seasons, there were some little gems of what was coming for everyone, including Commander Lawrence calling the escaped children “June’s legacy” and Aunt Lydia just straight-up seething.
But this new trailer, which dropped at the end of March… well, hot damn. There’s so much to unpack here. The most important one though: it looks like Nick is coming back for his beloved June!
Elisabeth Moss implied that season 4 will be just as brutal.
In an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Elisabeth didn’t give much intel, but she did say this:
“When people say the show is hard to watch, I get my hackles up,” she said. “If you can’t face our show, then how are you going to face what’s actually happening in the world?”
“It’s shockingly relevant. It’s important to hold that mirror up to society and to ourselves to try to get people to face what’s going on, before it’s too late.”
This likely won’t be the final season.
Thanks to executive producer Warren Littlefield, fans can relish in this piece of news: season 4 won’t be wrapping things up in the series. He said at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in January 2020 there’s still more of the story in the works.
“We have not planned season 4 to be the end, but we also look to Margaret [Atwood]’s book The Testaments and know that that story takes us 15 years into the future,” Littlefield said. “We don’t see ending it in [season 4], and I can honestly say to you, we don’t have a definitive out. But I think we want to keep the bar high, and it would not be a bad thing to leave the audience wanting more, and then we could ideally shift into The Testaments.”
The new season has some major questions to answer.
Throughout the last few episodes of season 3, the show has raised a lot of questions that it has not answered. Mainly, how the hell do the D.C. handmaids eat? And why does no one on this show have a Boston accent?
Hopefully we’ll get some answers next season to these totally irrelevant yet still confusing questions.
And if you're looking to re-watch the show before a new season premieres...
Well, if you've been following the show since the beginning, chances are you already know how to watch it. But if you're a new visitor to Gilead and need a bit of a catch-up before season four premieres, all you need is to get yourself an account with Hulu. It's only $5.99 a month, so you won't be breaking the bank for all this good dystopian TV! Besides... if our hunch is right, The Handmaid's Tale will quickly become your favorite TV show.
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