On Monday, Hulu debuted two photos from the fifth season of the streamer’s Emmy-winning comedy, which will return on Sept. 14. The launch features two installments, with the following episodes will drop weekly on Wednesdays.
Though there are only two photographs, they hint at where the new season will begin after its stunning cliffhanger finale, which left Elisabeth Moss’ June and her future undetermined — and Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) in despair.
The season four finale brought about a moment of long-awaited catharsis when June staged the assassination of her former abuser, Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes), and — by her own hands and with the help of fellow refugee Handmaids — put him on the wall.
The dystopian drama closed with two flashing images: June, with blood on her face, clutching her younger daughter; and Fred’s decapitated body hanging above the show’s familiar slogan, “Nolite te bastardes carburondorum.”
Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 Release Date
The first episodes of the new season will be made available on Hulu on Wednesday, September 14th, 2022.
At 3 a.m. ET/midnight PT on that day, Hulu will broadcast the first two episodes of Season 5. Episodes will air every week after that, but the streamer hasn’t said how many there will be in the next season.
Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 Plot
As of this writing, there are no official storyline specifics for The Handmaid’s Tale season 5, but the season 4 finale gave us a solid indication of where the program might head next. June and other Gilead survivors beat Fred Waterford to death in the woods at the end of the story.
When the program returns, it will resume up where it left off with Moira actress Samira Wiley confirming as much in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. When she appeared on The View, she said the following.
“Just like before, we’re right back where we left off. Commander Waterford’s fate was made clear in the season finale, which was watched by everyone. As a result, June is in a bit of a bind.” It was also revealed that June will still be working out how to bring down Gilead from Canada in the next series.
TvLine(opens in new tab) was given a teaser by Moss: “I can say that this season has been one of the wildest trips we’ve ever had. You know, we’ve had seasons where a lot has happened. During some seasons, there is less activity. Season 5 has me on the verge of disorientation. Moreover, this isn’t just a piece of rhetoric. I’m virtually unable to keep up with the sheer volume of activities.”
At the same time, we’ll be getting closer to Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments, which is the follow-up to The Handmaid’s Tale. A decade after the events of the first book, Hulu has stated they will be adapting the novel.
Jordan Helman, Hulu’s head of scripted originals, has already discussed the show’s connection to The Handmaid’s Tale. The beginning of The Testaments on Hulu and the final conclusion of The Handmaid’s Tale are linked, he told Deadline.
Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 Cast
In the fifth season of The Handmaid’s Tale, Elisabeth Moss will reprise her role as June Osborne, formerly known as Offred.
It’s a big deal that Alexis Bledel will not be returning as Emily/Ofglen in the upcoming season.
After much consideration, Bledel said in a statement that she will not be returning to The Handmaid’s Tale. Thank you, Hulu, MGM, cast, and crew, for all of your help and support in making Emily’s story come to life.
Yvonne Strahovski, who plays Serena Joy Waterford, the wife of Commander Fred Waterford, is expected to join the show’s cast. While pregnant and detained in Canada, she has no idea that her husband is dead, a fact that she is only learning today.
Despite the character’s death in the finale, Joseph Fiennes may reprise his role as Commander Fred Waterford. On a regular basis, The Handmaid’s Tale includes scenes from the past. EW.com quotes showrunner Miller as saying, “I’m sure we’ll see Fred again..”