The resistance will continue into 2018 on Hulu. The streaming service announced that they had picked up The Handmaid’s Tale for a second season at its upfront presentation in New York this week.
The dystopian thriller was created by Bruce Miller and is based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood. Hulu released the first three episodes of season one on April 26th and will release an episode each week after that.
The show is set in the near-future in the dystopian Republic of Gilead where women are subjected and stripped of their individualism. Handmaids are fertile young women who are forced to submit to ritualised rape and bear the children of the ruling class. The series follows Offred, a handmaid, who pledges to survive and fight the unjust totalitarian rule.
After a Super Bowl commercial teasing the TV series, the book surfaced to the top of the Amazon Best Seller list. Atwood’s novel drew from a number of real-life injustices and events and the theme of resistance has taken on a renewed interest in the current political climate, with Hulu’s adaptation being almost universally praised by critics.
“The series will be available in the UK,” a spokesperson for MGM Television confirmed to the Radio Times recently, before adding that “we hope to make an announcement soon” about which channel we can hope to catch it on when they finally work out the details.
You can read our spoiler-free review of the first three episodes here.
The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 release date
No official date is confirmed, but Hulu expects season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale to be released in 2018.