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Emma Watson & Margaret Atwood's 'The Handmaid's Tale' Interview


Anyone who loves to binge-watch TV will tell you that one of the most gripping and thrilling shows of the past year is Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale. Even though it's only been one season, THT is nominated for eight Emmy Awards, and already has us anxiously awaiting a second season.

Adapted from Margaret Atwood's 1984 novel of the same name, The Handmaid's Tale is set in a dystopian universe where women are subjugated and treated as objects to be possessed by the patriarchy rather than free individuals.

Recently, Emma Watson (yes, the Emma Watson) was able to speak with the novelist behind the story that has taken readers and binge-watchers by storm. Naturally, Watson had to ask how the dark society we see in the novel and on the show came to be. Atwood explained the three primary inspirations behind Gilead, explaining,

During her explanation, Atwood stopped to reveal some of the questions she asked herself while designing the troubling world of THT,

Clearly, in order to create such a dark universe, Atwood had to have some terrifying inspiration and, of course, we love reading all about the behind-the-scenes creation of Gilead.

Watson and Atwood brought a lighter note to the interview, though, as they went on to talk about other adaptations of The Handmaid's Tale and Atwood's involvement in campaigning for environmental and women's issues. You can read the full interview on Entertainment Weekly.

Now all we have left to do is patiently await Season 2 of The Handmaid's Tale.