'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 5 will continue June's story of vengeance.

The First Photos From The Handmaid's Tale Season 5 Are Chilling

New episodes are coming soon.

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Before Season 4 of The Handmaid's Tale was even released, The Handmaid's Tale Season 5 was in the works. On Dec. 10, 2020, Disney (which owns The Handmaid's Tale's streamer Hulu) made a bunch of big announcements about all its brands, and Margaret Atwood fans learned more dystopian drama was in store. As audiences wait for details on the release date, trailer, cast, and plot, here's everything that's known so far about the upcoming fifth season of The Handmaid's Tale:

The dark Hulu series is based on Atwood's iconic 1985 novel of the same name. But, the series has moved well beyond the story the author put out in that first book. By the end of Season 3, June (Elisabeth Moss) was posed to become a rebel leader in the dystopia of Gilead, and Season 4 saw her begin her revenge plan on Gilead after escaping to the safe haven of Canada.

Bruce Miller, the creator and showrunner of The Handmaid's Tale talked to The Hollywood Reporter about the Season 5 renewal. "We’re very grateful to Hulu and MGM that the show will be returning for a fifth season, and especially to our loyal fans for their support," he said. "We are thrilled to be able to continue to tell these stories, with our incredible cast and crew, and can’t wait to be back on the air with season four next year."

Here are all the details fans need to know about Season 5 of the series.

The Handmaid's Tale Season 5 Release Date


The new season will drop on Sept. 14 on Hulu.

The Handmaid's Tale Season 5 Trailer

There’s no footage of Season 5 just yet. But, the cast of the show did release a video to celebrate the Season 5 announcement:

The Handmaid's Tale Season 5 Cast

In addition to Moss, the Handmaid's Tale series cast includes Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer, O-T Fagbenle, Amanda Brugel, Bradley Whitford, and Sam Jaeger. These actors are all expected to return in Season 5... with one major exception.

On Friday, May 27, Bledel confirmed she would not be returning as the escaped handmaid Emily in the fifth season. “After much thought, I felt I had to step away from The Handmaid’s Tale at this time,” Bledel said in a statement to Variety. “I am forever grateful to Bruce Miller for writing such truthful and resonant scenes for Emily, and to Hulu, MGM, the cast and crew for their support.”


The Handmaid's Tale Season 5 Plot

Hulu’s synopsis for the upcoming season teases an all-out battle between June’s allies in Canada and Gilead’s growing power:

June faces consequences for killing Commander Waterford while struggling to redefine her identity and purpose. The widowed Serena attempts to raise her profile in Toronto as Gilead’s influence creeps into Canada. Commander Lawrence works with Aunt Lydia as he tries to reform Gilead and rise in power. June, Luke, and Moira fight Gilead from a distance as they continue their mission to save and reunite with Hannah.

The first photos from Season 5 give glimpses into this synopsis, with June looking righteously angry and Serena brandishing an ever-so-slight smile from behind her funereal veil.


Get ready for a fight when The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 arrives on Hulu on Sept. 14.

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