There Will Be Consequences: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2 Preview

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The Handmaids refused to throw stones in the Season 1 finale. Now there will be consequences.

Hulu’s dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale was the big hit of 2017, garnering huge acclaim and cleaning house at the Emmys. Season 2 debuts April 25, and it’s longer in its episode order (13), bigger in its scope, deeper in its character development and even darker — if that’s possible — in its tone. Blessed day.

At the end of Season 1, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) was arrested for leading her fellow Handmaids in an act of defiance. Here’s what to expect heading into Season 2:

Offred’s Pregnancy Offred (f.k.a. June) is a few weeks pregnant, and it’s as much a curse for her as it is a blessing. “It’s a wonderful thing to have a baby, but she’s having it potentially in this world that she may not want to bring it into,” Moss says. “And then, you know, if she does have the baby, the baby gets taken away from her and she can’t be its mother. So obviously it’s very complicated and makes for good drama.”

The Colonies The expansive, toxic wasteland called the Colonies is where irretrievably bad Handmaids and other dissenters are banished, and Season 2 will take viewers there in an episode that guest-stars Marisa Tomei.

Meeting Mayday Opposing the autocratic nation of Gilead is a resistance organization called Mayday, which seems to operate both everywhere and nowhere. “I think it’s hard to see it when it’s right around you,” says showrunner Bruce Miller, hinting that June will become more aware of Mayday’s work. “There is resistance in the outside world and in Mayday, but there’s also resistance within [June], and I think that’s something that is a big part of this season,” Moss says.

Aunt Lydia Wielding a cattle prod, a few inspirational verses from Scripture and a whole lot of brutally tough love, Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) became one of the series’ most compelling characters. Expect Season 2 to give Aunt Lydia some backstory.

New Faces Joining the cast are Bradley Whitford as a Gilead Commander, Cherry Jones as June’s mother, Sydney Sweeney as a prospective teenage bride and Clea DuVall as the wife of Emily (Alexis Bledel).

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