A dystopian show which focuses on the reproductive rights of women is becoming more relevant with each passing year. Of course, this means that the fourth season of The Handmaid’s Tale is just around the corner. The show has been adapted from Margaret Atwood’s novel and has an Emmy nomination to its name.
With the advent of the Coronavirus, production was halted in March 2020. However, Deadline reported that it has since resumed.
Season 4 will have a 10-episode installment instead of the usual 13. Bruce Miller, the show’s creator, stated that the decision to cut down on the number of episodes occurred because of creative reasons.
At the end of season 3, Elizabeth Moss June was fighting for her life as she tried to send children from Gilead to the haven in Canada. In this article, we will look into what the next season will revolve around.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 – The Trailer
You’ll be happy to know that the first footage for season 4 has already been released. It came in June and promised the coming of a war between the government and those who want to overthrow it. In the teaser, June states that they all deserve better and change never comes easy.
She also emphasizes how the war is never going to win itself. Commander Joseph Lawrence played by Bradley Whitford quoted in the teaser that the next few weeks would determine the future of this country.
In an interview with The Holiday Reporter, Miller stated there would be severe consequences for June in the upcoming season. The children are under the authority of the Gilead and they have parents. They are being flown out of the country. And because of this, Gilead will be ready to wage war.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3 – How Things Ended
June badly wanted to locate her daughter and care for her. It was because of this reason that she decided to send a bunch of children to seek refuge in Canada. However, in the process, she killed Commander Winslow and was shot herself. The other handmaids came to rescue her and bring her back to Gilead.
Meanwhile, Alexis Bledel’s former handmaid Emily reached Canada with Nichole, June’s new daughter. She is still traumatized by what happened at Gilead and even reuniting with her wife and son does not help her much.
For Serena Joy played by Yvonne Strahovski, things are no better. She faced setbacks at the end of the season. She convinced her husband, Fred played by Joseph Fiennes, to leave for Canada where she knew he would be arrested for war crimes. However, she was the one who got arrested. She also discovered that Nichole’s father is not Fred but Nick, was June’s lover.
Bruce Miller has also stated that there might be an unhappy ending for the heroine, June. He told TV Guide that “the people of Toronto are showing what lies ahead for June if she ever does have the opportunity to escape. However, it was not going to be a smooth road for June that was for certain.”
Folks, we might have to shed some tears for our favorite heroine. So you need to be prepared.
Moss will Direct One Episode of Season 4
There is not much we know about season 4 at this point. However, we do know that Moss will direct one episode of The Handmaid’s Tale. It will probably be the third episode, a part of which had already been shot before things shut down.
She is thrilled to be given this opportunity and according to The Hollywood Reporter, it is not something that she will take lightly. So, folks, let’s see what she has planned for us.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 – A new cast member
Existing members have already planned to return for season 4. These include Moss, Bledel, Minghella, Moira, Whitford, Strahovski, and Aunt Lydia. Sam Jaeger who has played the role of Mark Tuello, an American representative will become a series regular.
Mckenna Grace from The Haunting of Hill House has also joined the cast. According to Deadline, she will play the role of Mrs. Keyes who is the much-younger wife of the Commander.
She is said to have a dominant personality and will rule the farm and her household with confidence. She also can remain calm even when everything else around her is going up in flames. She would be an interesting character on the show.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 Will Be Out in 2021
Like so many other shows, The Handmaid’s Tale has also been affected by COVID 19. Season 4 was supposed to premiere in fall 2020. However, since production was shut down, Season 4 had to readjust its schedule.
In her interview with Collider, Moss stated that “human life was not worth a show”. Since the danger of the Coronavirus was at large, and everyone had a family to go back to, they had to postpone the production. According to Deadline, the filming for season 4 started somewhere in September. So, it’s 2021 for now, folks.
Season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale Would Not be the Last
Yes, you read that right! Though the show has been delayed, there will also be more of The Handmaid’s Tale to look forward to. The show can even have a spin-off based on Atwood’s book The Testament which came out in 2019.
Executive Producer Warren Littlefield told TV Guide that “they don’t see an ending to season 4 as yet.” He also stated that there was no definitive out for the show. He also has in mind the demands of the audience.
Littlefield reported that he did not want to leave the audience hanging, which is why they might shift to the filming The Testament. We’ve told you everything we knew about the fourth season. It sounds a bit tragic, but that is what the show is about!
Anyhow, if you are preparing yourself to watch the show, we suggest you binge-watch the earlier seasons to refresh your memory. You never know what detail you might have missed!