Season 5 of The Handmaid’s Tale Should Set Up The Sequel
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The Handmaid’s Tale Might End With Season 5, But Who Really Knows? The Showrunner Certainly Doesn’t

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BY August 13, 2021

Season 5 of The Handmaid’s Tale might be the last for the award-winning Hulu series based on the book by Margaret Atwood. But maybe it’s not the last season and the show will keep going. Who knows? The showrunner certainly doesn’t seem to know. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t going to talk about it and keep us all guessing.

It Certainly Feels Like The Handmaid’s Tale Is Approaching A Natural End Point

The Handmaid's Tale Season 4 Image via Hulu

The next season of The Handmaid’s Tale does seem like a natural place for the show to end. After all, we finally saw June escape Gilead and wreak some bloody vengeance on her former Commander last season. And since we know that Hulu already holds the rights for the sequel book The Testaments, it would seem natural for the fifth season to set up for that inevitable adaptation. However, showrunner Bruce Miller isn’t saying definitively that the next season will be the last.

As Miller told Deadline.com:

“I’m never looking to end it…. The team made an incredible TV show. So I’m not so quick to say, ‘oh, you know, let’s just, walk away.’ I don’t know how you felt about the pandemic, but I certainly learned the things of my life that are pretty rare. And working with these people is one of them. So, honestly, yes, I know what the end is and I’m not going to overstay my welcome. But I’m also not going to rush off if I don’t have to. Because as long as I am writing for Elisabeth Moss, you know, it really doesn’t get much better.”

Season 5 of The Handmaid’s Tale Should Set Up The Sequel

Margaret Atwood's The Testaments The Testaments | Image via Penguin Random House

The adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale left behind the source material from Margaret Atwood a long time ago. So theoretically the show could continue on for much longer. However, if Hulu wants this to lead into The Testaments, they must utilize the remaining season(s) to set up for that story. Seeds of The Testaments have already been sown in the most recent seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale, but there is still a long way to go to connect the two stories. Especially as the show continues to diverge more and more from the original book.

As Jordan Helman for Hulu said in a different interview for Deadline.com:

“The conversation around The Testaments is tied to conversations around The Handmaid’s Tale…. Margaret Atwood’s work has become an incredibly important brand signifier for us at Hulu and so what we want to do is to ensure that we introduce the world of The Testaments in a way that feels organic to the work that has already been done on the platform. The two questions are tied. The birth of The Testaments on Hulu and the eventual end of The Handmaid’s Tale are related, we’re figuring out that as we speak.”

The next season of The Handmaid’s Tale is currently in pre-production and showrunners indicate that they should have a final decision on the show’s endgame in the next couple of months. We’ll certainly be keeping an eye on any news of the next season of The Handmaid’s Tale and whether or not it will finally conclude June’s story. To stay up to date, be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today.

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Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

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