The Handmaid’s Tale was a breakout hit in 2017 for American streaming platform, Hulu. Given its feminist themes and political timing, The Handmaid’s Tale could not be more relevant.
Canadian author Margaret Atwood originally published The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985. Atwood’s dystopian novel takes place in a fictional future where a fundamentalist Christian movement has overthrown the American government. Now known as the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian and patriarchal regime rules and women have lost all rights. With fertility rates dropping due to pollution and other factors, fertile women, called “handmaids”, are assigned to couples and forced to reproduce. The novel was a critical success, winning the 1985 Governor General’s Award. While it took awhile, The Handmaid’s Tale finally arrived on the small screen to great acclaim just last year.
A Commercial and Critical Success
Producer and writer Bruce Miller adapted The Handmaid’s Tale for Hulu, with Season 1 debuting on April 1st, 2017. The bleak dystopian show was instantly a huge critical and commercial success. On Rotten Tomatoes, Season 1 currently sits with a 95% ‘fresh’ rating based on over 100 aggregated reviews. In addition, Season 1 was nominated for a total of 13 Emmy awards in 2017. The show would go on to win eight Emmy awards including Outstanding Drama Series. Previously, the Emmy for best drama series had never been awarded to a show originally produced for a streaming platform. The Handmaid’s Tale also walked away with the Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Drama. Moreover, Mad Men-alum and show star Elizabeth Moss won a Golden Globe for her performance.
Season 2 Promises More Hardship
Not surprisingly, Hulu renewed The Handmaid’s Tale for a second a season quickly after its debut. Season 2 went into production last fall and the trailer for the upcoming season finally dropped last week. The trailer is appropriately terrifying and bleak. In addition to promising more hardships for the ‘handmaids’, the Season 2 trailer also teases tensions among Gilead’s ruling class and a rising revolt.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 debuts on Hulu on April 25th, 2018.