The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 – Release date and Facts

The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 – Release date and Facts

The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 has been confirmed by American streaming platform Hulu .

The Handmaid’s Tale season two passed without any major deaths in the core cast, so the likes of Elisabeth Moss (June), Alexis Bledel (Emily), Joseph Fiennes (Commander Fred Waterford), Yvonne Strahovski (Serena Joy Waterford), OT Fagbenle (June’s husband Luke) and Samira Wiley (Moira) will all be back.

However, in the season two finale, Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) was attacked with a knife by Emily and her fate is left unclear, but showrunner Bruce Miller has confirmed she will be back (via IndieWire).

“Aunt Lydia doesn’t die, [but] she’s transformed by this event. The fact that one of her girls… has literally stabbed her in the back. I think that that alters your workplace feelings on a day-to-day basis… In her case, it makes her double down that she feels like she just wasn’t strong enough in her discipline. So she, I think, has decided it’s time to get tough,” he explained.

What’s more, Bradley Whitford will also be back as Commander Lawrence after he helped Emily to escape. “I think we’re gonna learn a ton about him. I think the fact that he’s, you know, our Oppenheimer character, the man who designed an atomic bomb and then saw what it could do,” Miller teased.

If Emily does make it to Canada though, she might find herself playing an active role in the fight against Gilead, especially after the Commanders visited Canada

“Season three is really about blessed be the fight. It’s about June rising up to either save Hannah or change the world. About her wanting to hurt Gilead, to knock Gilead back on the field so that she can weaken this place.”

Showrunner Bruce Miller has confirmed that Commander Lawrence – played by Bradley Whitford – will be returning.

It looks like Aunt Lydia could be a goner after she was attacked by Emily in an act of revenge.

There have been theories that all of the major characters could meet an end with Fred Waterford possibly getting the chop.

His wife Serena Joy could also be killed or even turned into a Handmaid following a possible indiscretion.

By Evan Campbell If you’re still reeling from The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 finale (which debuted on Hulu on July 11), you’ll be pleased to know that the dystopian series will return for Season 3 next year.

Back in May, Hulu announced that the award-winning show starring Elisabeth Moss has been renewed, although the network didn’t announce how many episodes Season 3 would be. Season 1 consisted of 10 installments, while Season 2 was bumped up to 13.

In addition, Hulu announced that The Handmaid’s Tale “doubled its audience versus Season 1” for its sophomore season and that the streaming service had reached 20 million U.S. subscribers thanks to the success of shows like The Handmaid’s Tale and its deep library of other popular TV shows, including ER and Rick and Morty.

No premiere date for The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3 has been announced yet, but if it follows the same release pattern as its previous two seasons, it’s a safe bet to assume that the show will return in April and run through June or early July.

The Handmaid’s Tale received 20 Emmy nominations this year, just behind Game of Thrones’ 22 nominations and Westworld and Saturday Night Live’s

One of the producers on The Handmaid’s Tale has even suggested that there will be a controversial death in the season two finale, which will affect who is going to be in the cast.

"I think we'll get to go to another place for year three, which is the resistance, the fight," Littlefield tells The Hollywood Reporter about what to expect from the Hulu drama's third season.
‘Handmaid’s Tale’ “Ready to Hit the Next Dimension”

However, it looks like the main cast will be back again with Elisabeth Moss reprising her role as rebel Handmaid Offred/June.

Also likely to be back in the frame is Joseph Fiennes as Commander Fred Waterford, a high-ranking member of the ruling regime Gilead.

Joining them will be Yvonne Strahovski as the Commander’s wife Serena Joy Waterford.

However, season three could also see Offred moving to a new family now that she’s given birth to a child for the Waterfords.

Alexis Bledel as Ofglen/Emily is potentially likely to be returning depending on her story arc.

Meanwhile, Samira Wiley will probably return for a third run as June’s best friend Moira/Ruby.

Other characters who could be playing a part in season three are O.T. Fagbenle as Lucas “Luke” Bankole, Max Minghella as Nick Blaine, Cherry Jones as Holly Maddox and Bradley Whitford as Commander Joseph Lawrence.

Most recently, a wolf was seen in the show with much symbolism surrounding it.

The wolf could make a return in the third run if the writer want to continue with this theme.

Depending on the success of season two, the third outing could have 13 episodes.

Season one consisted of 10 instalments while the follow up got a further three.

Going on previous UK airdates for The Handmaid’s Tale, British audiences will have to wait a month longer than American viewers to watch season three.

It seems likely that Channel 4 will be broadcasting the show in Britain.

The Handmaid’s Tale is flying high after it received whopping 20 Emmy Nominations for season two, only a couple of days after wrapping up in the US.

The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 trailer:

We got our first look at season two in January 2018 during the show’s TCA panel, so it’s a safe bet to expect the same for season three’s first trailer.

The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 release date

Snce Seasons 1 and 2 aired in April 2017 and 2018, respectively, we’ll likely see Season 3 in April of 2019 if the show remains on schedule.

 

Handmaid’s Tale finale recap

The final episode of Handmaid’s Tale Season two opened with June and Rita (Amanda Brugel) going through Eden’s (Sydney Sweeny) things after she was put to death for infidelity. While digging through the few personal items Eden had, June found a Bible.

Although Gilead is said to be rooted in the Christian faith, books — including the Bible — aren’t allowed.

June inspected the Bible further, finding drawings and notes sprawled all over every page. She decided to present the book to Serena, who was shaken by Eden’s death. The handmaid is hopeful that Serena will see the error in Gilead’s ways now that she has a daughter.

‘My daughter will be raised properly,’ she commanded.

The Handmaid’s Tale wine

MGM announced a line of themed wines on Tuesday, inspired by characters from Handmaid’s Tale. June and Emily’s characters were represented with red wines while Serena’s was a white blend.

Handmaid’s Tale wine
According to People, the wine was quickly pulled.

A description for June’s wine read: ‘Offred (June) must rely on the one weapon she has left to stay in control — her feminine wiles.

‘This French pinot Noir is similarly seductive, its dark berry fruit and cassis aromatics so beguiling it seemed almost forbidden to taste. But it’s useless to resist the wine’s smooth and appealingly early profile, so you may as well give in. Nolite te bastardes carborundorum, indeed.’