If season one of the award-winning The Handmaid’s Tale (returning Wednesday, April 25 on Bravo) wasn’t dark enough for you, you’re going to love season two. Also, you’re way, way tougher than us. The first trailer for Season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale was released this weekend and looks even more terrifying and dramatic than season one.
The main cast returns in this week’s first look, including Elisabeth Moss as June/Offred, Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy, Joseph Fiennes as The Commander, Max Minghella as Nick, Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia, Samira Wiley as Moira and Madeline Brewer as Janine.
Set to a chilling version of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” and using ‘Resist’ signs that hit close to home–especially in the US–right now, the new trailer offers our first glimpse of the colonies, the place where the people of Gilead are sent when the government wants to hand out a punishment worse than death. One person fans will be excited to see in the colonies is Season 2 guest star Marisa Tomei, a name showrunner Bruce Miller confirmed this weekend at the Television Critics Association press conference on Sunday.
Also in attendance at the conference was lead Elisabeth Moss, who recently won both the Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award for her portrayal of Offred in the series based on the bestselling 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood. Noting that the Season 1 finale deviated from the ending of Atwood’s book by showing Offred as pregnant, Moss said her future as a mother will be further explored in season two. “So much of this season is about motherhood,” said Moss. “We’ve talked a lot about the impending birth of the child that’s growing inside of her as a bit of a ticking time bomb, the complications are really wonderful to explore. She does have the baby, but it gets taken away from her. She can’t be its mother. It makes for good drama.”
Atwood will continue to be a consultant for the second season and like her novel, which was based on true cases of abuse happening around the world, Season 2 will work with the United Nations and Human Rights Watch to ensure their depictions of violence against women is accurate, says Miller.
Let’s not forget, the truly terrifying aspect of The Handmaid’s Tale is that it’s all based on actual events.
Season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale will premiere on Wednesday, April 25 on Bravo.