The Handmaid’s Tale Will Fight Back In Season 4 on Hulu in April With New Trailer
Hulu has announced that the season 4 premiere of The Handmaid’s Tale will be coming on April 28, 2021. The streaming network will release the first three episodes of the new season at once. Subsequent episodes will air weekly on Wednesday evenings, there will be 10 episodes in total. Alongside this news was a teaser trailer for season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale. Let’s take a look at what we can expect from the new season.
The Handmaid’s Tale Goes To War In Season 4 Trailer
The trailer for season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale reveals a lot of surprising action, and a growing resistance to Gilead. There is a clear indication in the trailer that June (Elizabeth Moss) will escape Gilead in season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale. She is ready to fully join the war against the corrupt government that overthrew the United States. In the trailer we hear the voice of “Radio Free America” (great shout-out to the “Radio Free Wasteland” in Fallout 4). The trailer shows us June in various stages of escaping Gilead; from attacking Aunt Lydia, to removing the hated red dress, to bombing a building.
June Hits The Road In Season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale
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Alongside June are several other Handmaids, and Marthas who have likely joined her in an escape. This will likely follow up on the final moments of season 3. At the end of last season, June suffered grave injuries after helping smuggle a large group of children out of Gilead. Helping her last season were many of the Marthas and Handmaids who appear in the trailer. So it seems as though June successfully recovered from her wounds, and escaped the people keeping her in bondage alongside her accomplices.
Executive producers Bruce Miller and Warren Littlefield say that Season 4 will finally deliver on various storylines that have been set up for the past three seasons.
“We leave our central universe of the Boston area, and Nick (Max Minghella) is sent to Chicago. For Season 4, we have no home base. We burned it down. In Season 4, we’re nomadic and following June’s passion, drive and relentless pursuit for change. It’s ironic in the year of COVID, it’s also our most ambitious production year.”
Aunt Lydia Will Become A Bigger Character
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A large part of the conflict in the trailer for season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale focuses on Aunt Lydia’s obsession with June. This will inevitably tie into the events of Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments – the sequel that came out a couple of years ago. That book was immediately optioned by Hulu, and it is looking increasingly likely that it will tie into the current series.
Aunt Lydia is a major character in that book, and actress Ann Dowd’s portrayal of the character has already earned her an Emmy. It makes sense that they would choose to ramp up her importance in the show, given how major a player she becomes.
“Although they are enemies, they are inextricably linked and thinking about what the other person is doing all the time.” Bruce Miller told reporters about June and Lydia’s relationship. “They would both rather be rid of each other, but they are tangled up with each other.”
It also looks like June might finally make it to Canada in the upcoming season. Despite her oath to not leave Gilead without her oldest daughter Hannah. The final shot of the season 4 trailer shows June standing on a dock with the Canadian flag flying overhead. This could certainly lead us into a time jump in season 5. That would mean the final season(s) would follow the plot of The Testaments.
The Pandemic Affects The Scale of The Handmaid’s Tale
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Filming for season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale began last March, but production shutdowns delayed the progress significantly. Due to travel restrictions and safety precautions, there will be fewer cast members on-screen at once. With such a large ensemble cast, this means that we are likely to see less of certain characters. However, it appears that the focus for season 4 is once again on June as she fights back against Gilead.
Elizabeth Moss is also stepping behind the camera for season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale. She directed three episodes for this season, in addition to her role as executive producer. Moss says that “As June, I’ve intrinsically been involved in the show from the beginning, so I know it so well. It’s not a big shift to take on that new position.”
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The Handmaid’s Tale will premiere the first three episodes of season 4 on April 28, 2021 with weekly episodes to follow. The series has already been renewed for a fifth season as well. We will certainly be reviewing the new episodes when they air. So be sure to stay tuned to Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter to see all of our news and reviews.
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