We’re still a few weeks out from the highly anticipated second season return of the award-winning The Handmaid’s Tale (April 29 on Bravo), but thanks to a new trailer and poster that were released on Thursday (International Women’s Day, no less), the excitement is continuing to build.
Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for Offred/June (Elisabeth Moss) and her fellow handmaids, it seems as though the second season is about to blow our minds. At least that’s the feeling I got after watching the newest promo, which packs a whole lot into a mere 30 seconds.
“Wear the red dress. Wear the wings. Shut your mouth. Be a good girl. Fall over and spread your legs,” you can hear Moss saying over a montage of disturbing images, which include Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) getting physical, Offred wearing a restraint on her face and a flashback of Ofglen/Emily (Alexis Bledel) before the uprising of Gilead.
“Yes m’am. May the lord open… Seriously? What the actual f–?” she continues before the clip cuts off abruptly, mimicking the way so many women’s voices have been silenced in the series. And then comes the real kicker — Offred standing in what appears to be a white dress, dripping with blood.
Blessed be indeed.
Talk about goosebumps. Even though I have no idea where the show is heading now that showrunner Bruce Miller and his team of writers have technically gone beyond the storyline in Margaret Atwood‘s original award-winning novel, I have a feeling it’s going to be just as relevant, telling and epic as ever. Especially if some of the early casting announcements and plot details are any indication.
If this new promo is to give us any insight, Offred may have had just about enough. You can hear resistance in every word she speaks, but whether that’s brought on by her new pregnancy, her desire for escape or her new surroundings (wherever they may be), no one knows. Whatever it is, we can hardly wait to find out.