A teaser for season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale dropped this week, previewing a dramatic revolution in Gilead. Amidst all of the chaos in the world right now, this feels highly relevant. But then again, The Handmaid’s Tale has always paralleled current events. That was true when the novel was originally published in 1985, and when the show first premiered in 2017. Let’s take a look at the season 4 teaser for The Handmaid’s Tale and what is in store for June and her ‘squad.’
The Revolution Finally Comes To Gilead In Season 4 Of The Handmaid’s Tale
“I can’t rest,” June intones over the teaser. “My daughter deserves better. We all deserve better.” This message has been at the core of June’s struggles against the authoritarian regime of Gilead over the course of the series. Although there have been moments when she could have escaped, June has made the choice to remain and fight for the women and children who are oppressed. Every season of The Handmaid’s Tale has ended on a dramatic cliffhanger, and season 3 was no exception. The finale last year ended with June gravely injured and near death after helping a plane full of women and children escape the country. Season 4 promises to ramp up the action as the fighting well and truly begins.
“Change never comes easy,” June says during the teaser. “This war isn’t going to win itself.” And war it truly is. The teaser shows a bruised and bloody Aunt Lydia. She rants about June’s ‘atrocities’ against their ‘great nation.’
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It is interesting to note that Hulu has optioned Margaret Atwood’s sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale for adaptation. Spoiler Alert: The Testaments takes place years after the original book, and Aunt Lydia is still alive and well while June’s daughter is still being raised by her Gilead parents. We are still wondering how The Testaments will affect the course of The Handmaid’s Tale, and if the show is building up to the events of the sequel. Right now it seems like the endgame for The Handmaid’s Tale is to take down Gilead by the end of the series, nothing else would feel satisfying. But if that is the case, how then can they incorporate The Testaments into the same world? It is a puzzle that showrunner Bruce Miller will have to solve in order to both please the fans, and stay true to Atwood’s source material.
The Pandemic Cut Short Filming For The Handmaid’s Tale
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The teaser for season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale is mostly a compilation of scenes from previous seasons. But there is some new footage and dialogue to pique interest. This is likely due to the fact that the teaser was put together after only a few weeks of filming the new season. Due to the global pandemic, production on season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale was shut down in March. This will lead to a shorter 10-episode season, similar to the first season. However that does not mean that the showrunner’s have curbed their ambition for the next season.
Season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale will also feature a directorial debut from actress Elizabeth Moss. She was in the midst of directing the third episode of the season when production shut down earlier this year. Due to all of the challenges of the pandemic, the wait for new episodes will be a long one. The fourth season is not set to air until 2021 on Hulu. And there is no news on when the show will begin filming again.
In an interview with Collider, Moss spoke to the challenges of trying to work on the show during the lockdown. “Human life is not worth making a TV show for.” Moss says. “Everyone wants to go back to work because we love what we do, and there’s also people that need to support their families and themselves… But we’ve gotta do it safely, and we’re just trying to figure that out. It’s all new territory, and we’re all in the same boat here.”
With restrictions lifting on filming in much of Europe, here is hoping that the pandemic lockdown will lift soon in Canada in order for the series to resume safely filming. For more news and updates, follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today.
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.