The Handmaid’s Tale is one of Hulu’s most popular shows, and season three ended on quite the cliffhanger. Thankfully, in July 2019 the streaming platform announced a fourth season was happening—and now we have some more details. The next chapter will officially premiere some time in 2021—which, no surprise there. The coronavirus pandemic put almost all film and TV productions on hiatus, but hopefully Handmaid’s will come earlier in the year instead of later.
Hulu released a teaser trailer for The Handmaid’s Tale season four on Wednesday, June 24. It’s pretty vague—our heroine, June, is still working with the other handmaids to overthrow Gilead. Meanwhile her family is waiting for her in Canada, and the cut-backs between the two locations are more drastic than ever. As we learn in this teaser, the next few weeks of narrative will determine the future of Gilead. Will it be destroyed for good? Only time will tell, but go ahead and watch the short clip for yourself, below:
Here’s everything we know about the season so far:
When will The Handmaid’s Tale season four premiere? Some time in 2021. That’s the only confirmed timeline as of now.
How many episodes? There will be 10, as opposed to the standard 13.
What’s in store? Unclear. We know that June (Elisabeth Moss) and the other Marthas are successfully transporting hundreds of children out of Gilead, but how will the tyrannical country respond? “Gilead thinks of them as their children, and also the most valuable resource in their world,” executive producer Bruce Miller told Harper’s Bazaar. “How weak does it make you look to the world if you can’t even keep track of what ends up being probably 165 children?”
Will June finally get out of Gilead? “I think it’s time,” Moss told Entertainment Tonight in August 2019. She also…ya know, has to get out of the bottom of that well.
What happens to Serena? Now that Serena is detained in Canada and being prosecuted for war crimes, Miller tells TV Guide, “She has so much to answer for, and now she’s in a position to answer for the horrible things” that she’s done.
Expect to see more storylines from the characters in Canada. Remember, so many characters are seeking refuge in Canada (and have been for a while). Many are in Little America, the newfound province in Toronto. “The show has an obligation to represent an accurate refugee experience, because so many of our characters are either trapped or they’re going to be refugees,” Miller told Entertainment Tonight.
They’re halfway done filming, as of January 2021. “We’re halfway through the season,” Moss told Deadline. “I will say that the first half of this season is definitely bigger than we’ve ever done.”
We’ll update this post with more information as it comes in.