When is the next season releasing? Continue reading to find out more about The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5.
The Handmaid’s Tale is an American dystopian television series developed by Bruce Miller, based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel of the same name. The plot revolves around a dystopia set after the Second American Civil War in which a sexist authoritarian government subjects fertile women known as “Handmaids” to child-bearing slavery.
If you’re curious about what’s next for this outstanding series, the series has received critical and viewership acclaim hence the faith of the series is in safe hands with Rotten Tomatoes having 94% of 259 reviews which are positive for the first season, with an average rating of 8.65/10.
The site’s critical consensus reads, “Haunting and vivid, The Handmaid’s Tale is an endlessly engrossing adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel that’s anchored by a terrific central performance from Elisabeth Moss.”
The series has been greenlit for another season and which wouldn’t be surprising given how Hulu has lately renewed a lot of its shows due to popular demand and expanding its amazing catalog for original movies and TV series. So, we’ve got you covered with all the information you’ll need after watching the final episode of Season 4. Here’s all we know about The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 so far.
Will there be a Season 5 of Handmaid’s Tale?
Yes, The Handmaid’s Tale has been officially renewed for a fifth season by Hulu. The sitcom was renewed for a fifth season in December 2020, just ahead of the fourth season debut.
The official announcement was made on the official Handmaid’s Tale Twitter handle, quoting, “The cast has a special message for you. Season 4 returns in 2021 …oh and praise be, we’ve also been renewed for Season 5! #HandmaidsTale” Take a look at the post below:
✨The cast has a special message for you ✨
Season 4 returns in 2021 …oh and praise be, we’ve also been renewed for Season 5! #HandmaidsTale pic.twitter.com/B8GauXz5yf
— The Handmaid's Tale (@HandmaidsOnHulu) December 10, 2020
Moreover, series star/executive producer Elisabeth Moss told TVLine in April about Season 5, quoting, “is possibly one of the wilder rides that we’ve had” and added that “I almost can’t keep up with” what takes place in the episodes. “And it’s not lip service. I truly mean I almost can’t keep up with the amount of activity that’s happening.”
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 Release Date
The official release date for The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 has been revealed as the upcoming season will make its debut on September 14, 2022. According to reports, filming for the season began in February and will conclude in July. Take a look at the official post shared by the Twitter handle of Handmaid’s Tale, quoting, “Season 5 arrives September 14. #HandmaidsTale”
Season 5 arrives September 14. #HandmaidsTale pic.twitter.com/K0EgudGPXM
— The Handmaid's Tale (@HandmaidsOnHulu) June 13, 2022
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 Plot
According to the official Hulu website, we know that in the most recent fourth season of The Handmaid’s Tale, June (Elisabeth Moss) strikes back against Gilead as a fierce rebel leader, but the risks she takes bring unexpected and dangerous new challenges. Her quest for justice and revenge threatens to consume her and destroy her most cherished relationships. Hence, the series is expected to expand further into the character arcs and plotlines for the viewers to be intrigued into watching the upcoming season.
Moreover, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the ending left June’s fate up in the air, with showrunner Bruce Miller and Moss each speaking about the intentional ambiguity and open possibilities for The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5. The official synopsis for Season 5 from Hulu states that June faces consequences for killing Commander Waterford while struggling to redefine her identity and purpose.
The widowed Serena attempts to raise her profile in Toronto as Gilead’s influence creeps into Canada. Commander Lawrence works with Aunt Lydia as he tries to reform Gilead and rise in power. June, Luke, and Moira fight Gilead from a distance as they continue their mission to save and reunite with Hannah.
Take a look at exclusive stills from The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 where June’s first shot depicts a range of unsettling feelings, whereas Serena appears glib while weeping.
Is Season 5 of The Handmaid’s Tale the series’ final season?
According to Deadline, Jordan Helman, Head of Scripted Originals at Hulu, stated, “The success of The Handmaid’s Tale remains paramount for us,” Further adding, “That said, what is also most important to us is that we close out that show in creative fashion that feels organic so we are in constant communication, literally right now, talking with Bruce [Miller], Lizzie [Moss] and Warren [Littlefield], about what the best way to end The Handmaid’s Tale is. We haven’t landed on an answer… I imagine we’re going to be able to answer that question in the coming months.”
“The conversation around The Testaments is tied to conversations around The Handmaid’s Tale. Margaret Atwood’s work has become an incredibly important brand signifier for us at Hulu and so what we want to do is to ensure that we introduce the world of The Testaments in a way that feels organic to the work that has already been done on the platform. The two questions are tied.”
“The birth of The Testaments on Hulu and the eventual end of The Handmaid’s Tale are related, we’re figuring out that as we speak,” added Helman. He also said that the most important thing for Hulu with regards to the ending of The Handmaid’s Tale, the launch of The Testaments as well as the possibility of any other spin-offs or sequels is “creative integrity”.
“Obviously, there are business reasons to explore notions of how to expand it but what is most important is maintaining the creative integrity. This is a show that’s always kept viewers on their feet,” he added. “Breaking the proper end to the season, whether that’s one season, two seasons or more. I have the utmost confidence that what they will deliver, will be the appropriate ending to the show.”
Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 Cast
The original cast from Season 4 is expected to reprise their roles in The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 and continue the story in the next chapter. Moreover, the network has yet to make any new casting announcements as of June 14, 2022.
The list of the prominent characters of the series follows that Elisabeth Moss will reprise her leading role as June Osborne and that the other members of the main cast, Madeline Brewer, Max Minghella, Yvonne Strahovski, O. T. Fagbenle, Samira Wiley, Bradley Whitford, Ann Dowd, and Amanda Brugel will return as they were featured in the official announcement of Handmaid’s Tale Season 5. Moreover, some new characters are portrayed by Mckenna Grace, Zawe Ashton, and Reed Birney.
According to Variety, Bledel said in a statement that in May, Alexis Bledel, who has played Emily since Season 1, announced she would not return to the series, quoting, “After much thought, I felt I had to step away from ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ at this time. I am forever grateful to Bruce Miller for writing such truthful and resonant scenes for Emily, and to Hulu, MGM, the cast, and crew for their support.”
Is there a trailer for The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5?
No, trailer or teaser has been released as of June 14, 2022, for The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5. For the time being watch this exclusive trailer for Season 4, the 15x Emmy-winning series, which will help you recall the events that have transpired in the last season.
Where can you stream The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5?
Right now you can watch The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu Plus with a selection of membership tiers from which viewers can pick according to their preference.
The first four seasons are available on Hulu in the United States. It costs $6.99 per month and is cancelable at any time. The series can also be streamed by renting or purchasing on Vudu, Google Play, iTunes, and Amazon Instant Video based on the location of the viewer.
The Handmaid’s Tale Official Synopsis
According to the official Hulu press release, The official synopsis of the show states, “The series is adapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Offred (Elizabeth Moss), one of the few fertile women known as Handmaids in the oppressive Republic of Gilead, struggles to survive as a reproductive surrogate for a powerful Commander and his resentful wife.”
Catch up on the previous season while you wait for more The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 updates.