After The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 ended with a major cliffhanger, fans were left wondering what would come next — and when it would come next. Fortunately, the series has been such a success that no one was concerned about its future because it was renewed so quickly. All that was left to do was wait for the Handmaid’s Tale Season 3 release date.
Now, it’s been months since Season 2 ended and there are still months to go until Season 3. However, fans are eager for more. Read on to find out everything we know about Season 3, including its plot, new characters, and more.
What Happens at the End of The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2?
In Season 2, June gives birth, and she has the chance to escape Gilead with her baby girl, but she chooses to stay behind.
Instead, in the Season 2 finale, Emily stabs Aunt Lydia in the neck and pushes her down the stairs. Commander Lawrence, who had already lied to Aunt Lydia about The Ceremony going as planned, further helps Emily by getting her out of Gilead and saving her life.
Emily is the one to leave Gilead, taking June’s baby with her. June puts her daughter in Emily’s arms and watches her leave. Instead of going with them, she stays behind in order to save her other daughter, Hannah.
Will There Be a Handmaid’s Tale Season 3?
Yes, and fans didn’t have to wait long for the news. They didn’t even have to sit through the entire second season wondering if that would be it and worry about a cliffhanger ending with no resolution. Hulu renewed the series for a third season just one week after the Season 2 premiere was released.
When Is the Handmaid’s Tale Season 3 Release Date?
Hulu announced in February that Season 3 will premiere on Wednesday, June 5, with the first three episodes. The rest of the 13-episode season will be released every Wednesday.
Previously, Hulu revealed that the third season would be “Coming Soon” in a teaser released during the Super Bowl.
It seemed safe to assume that the Season 3 premiere date would come at the end of April 2019. The first episode of Season 1 was released on April 26, 2017, and the first episode of Season 2 dropped April 25, 2018. If the pattern had held, we would have gotten the Season 3 premiere on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Instead, fans will have to wait a bit longer for new episodes.
When Will a Full Handmaid’s Tale Season 3 Trailer Be Released?
That is unknown. For Season 2, Hulu released a teaser on March 8 and an official trailer on March 28, a month before the premiere.
It is likely that the streaming service could follow a similar pattern. So, keep an eye out in May, though we could get one sooner.
For now, we have two teasers for Season 3. The first teased the second, as Hulu revealed in a 10-second video that it would be releasing the latter during the Super Bowl. However, those 10 seconds reveal quite the important fact: that June is wearing the color of a Martha, though we don’t know why.
What Will the Handmaid’s Tale Season 3 Plot Be?
Season 3 will see June resisting Gilead, according to Hulu.
The 13-episode third season of The Handmaid’s Tale is driven by June’s resistance to the dystopian regime of Gilead and her struggle to strike back against overwhelming odds. Startling reunions, betrayals, and a journey to the terrifying heart of Gilead force all characters to take a stand, guided by one defiant prayer: “Blessed be the fight.”
“I think there’s a bit more resistance,” Joseph Fiennes told E! News. “Certainly in the latter part of Season 3, you’ll see Offred quite rightly get some justice.”
But don’t expect to see Commander Waterford change, no matter what happens with the resistance. “The Commander ultimately won’t really change his colors, I think, if I’m really honest,” Fiennes continued.
There won’t be a major time jump, as executive producer Warren Littlefield told USA Today that Season 3 starts pretty much immediately after Season 2 ended. About 10 minutes later, to be precise.
We also know that there’s going to be a new location in Season 3: Washington, D.C., or at least, what it looks like in the world of The Handmaid’s Tale.
“There are bigger players,” Littlefield said. “It’s a little bit of Gilead on steroids.”
As fans caught in photos of filming in D.C., we’ll see June, Commander Waterford, Serena, and Emily there.
“It was a strange thing to be on the steps where Martin Luther King’s speech and to be at the memorial of Abe Lincoln” since they stand for “the most important values of America: freedom and democracy,” Joseph Fiennes told ET Online. “[It was] a bit ironic and spooky to be Fred Waterford on those steps, espousing everything but freedom.”
Meanwhile, June wants to get her daughter back in Season 3, and she’s ready to do whatever she has to in order to make that happen.
“She’s ready to fight,” creator Bruce Miller told The Hollywood Reporter after Season 2 ended. “We wanted to put her in a position where she has more control. She’s going to maneuver herself into a position where she’s less brutalized and has more control and more freedom to possibly find her daughter, or to strike out against Gilead.”
Could that explain the Martha look for June in that teaser above?
However, just because June sent her other daughter, Nicole, to safety doesn’t mean that she’ll be forgotten. Season 3 will see how Serena Joy reacts to Nicole being gone, since in Serena’s eyes, that’s her daughter.
“Nicole becomes a multinational [interest],” Littlefield told USA Today. “Everybody wants Nicole. And the question is who legally and morally presides over that.”
The executive producer also revealed that Season 3 will reveal Lydia’s backstory. Yes, she survived the attack in the Season 2 finale, but she’ll be a bit different. She was “transformed by this event,” Miller said at a screening of the Season 2 finale.
Who Will Be in The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3?
We can assume that anyone who is still alive will be back, and we also know of at least one promotion and two new guest stars.
The Hulu series also added Christopher Meloni and Elizabeth Reaser as Commander Winslow and his wife, Mrs. Winslow, in the upcoming season, Variety reported.
Commander Winslow is a “powerful and magnetic Commander who hosts the Waterfords on an important trip.” Reaser’s Mrs. Winslow is going to be Serena’s “friend and inspiration.”
The Handmaid’s Tale Seasons 1 and 2 are now streaming on Hulu.
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