It's been over a year and a half since The Handmaid's Tale Season 3 ended. The series, which premiered in the spring for the first two seasons, shifted down the calendar to the summer for Season 3, premiering in June 2019. The plan had been for Season 4 to move even further, to fall 2020, perhaps to help Hulu anchor its fall season alongside the well-established spring one. But the coronavirus pandemic upended all that. Now, The Handmaid's Tale Season 4 release date will be back where the show started, returning to the April release berth for 2021.
The Handmaid's Tale Season 4 is deep into Hulu's extension of Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel of the same name. After Season 1's conclusion (which used up all the material in the book), the next two seasons chartered paths unknown, digging into the world of Gilead. Without material to adapt, Season 4 could go anywhere and follow the politically relevant stories of now.
However, in September of 2019, a month after Season 3 ended, Atwood released The Testaments, a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, set several years in the future. It confirmed the fate of multiple characters, including Aunt Lydia. Season 4 now has an endgame to aim toward and a future that dictates some of its ultimate choices. Here's what we know about the season so far: