Brace yourselves: We’re all going back to Gilead in June. (Fitting, eh?)
The Handmaid’s Tale will return for its 13-episode third season on Wednesday, June 5, Hulu announced Monday. Three new episodes will be available that day, with subsequent hours released on Wednesdays.
Season 3 will pick up from the Season 2 finale, in which June decided to stay in Gilead in order to look out for daughter, Hannah, while Emily took June’s infant daughter and escaped. Per Hulu, the upcoming episodes will center on June’s rebellion and will feature “startling reunions, betrayals and a journey to the terrifying heart of Gilead.”
Interesting note: Handmaid’s late premiere will make it ineligible for the 2019 Emmy Awards. “Maintaining the quality of The Handmaids’ Tale, which is impeccable, takes time, and we wanted to give the show enough time in Season 3 to maintain the incredibly high standards that were set in Seasons 1 and 2,” Hulu’s senior vice president of originals Craig Erwich told journalists at the Television Critics Association press tour Monday.
A trailer released during this year’s Super Bowl invoked Ronald Reagan’s 1984 “Morning in America” political ad but soon turned into a mass of fire, chaos and June’s vengeful voiceover. “Wake up, America,” she says in the spot. “Morning’s over.”
The trailer gave us glimpses of characters we know — including Commander and Mrs. Waterford, June’s husband Luke and baby daddy Nick — but no sign of new Handmaid’s cast members Christopher Meloni (Happy!) or Elizabeth Reaser (The Haunting of Hill House), who’ll play an influential Commander and his wife, respectively.
And for those of you wondering about Bradley Whitford’s Commander Lawrence: He’ll likely have an increased presence in Season 3, given that Whitford has been made a series regular.