Are you wondering what’s next in store for this dystopian series created by Bruce Miller? If yes, then continue reading to find out more about The Handmaid’s Tale Season 6.
Ever since the final episode of the fifth season, the fans of the beloved series have been curious to know what happens next in this wild roller coaster of a show, which is based on the 1985 novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. It’s fair to say that the overall anticipation has grown stronger with each passing week, and the fans want to know how the next chapter will end the story which has been building over years to reach a big revelation for The Handmaids!
We are certain that many of our readers will also have the same questions lurking in the back of their minds, as they await some hints about the final season. So, if you are wondering the same, then we can assure you that you have reached the right place to get all the answers to your burning queries in one place. As we at Web News Observer have listed down all the latest developments that have been confirmed for the already-renewed sixth season!
Here is everything we know so far about Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale Season 6.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 6: Are there any latest updates in July 2023?
As of writing this, one thing is pretty much clear the majority of the information relating to the sixth and final season has been kept under wraps, which isn’t surprising as we are certain that the network doesn’t want early spoilers to leak all over social media, eventually tampering with the interest of the audience. The other reason for such a delayed acknowledgment is the fact that the ongoing writer’s strike has had a huge impact on the overall work in the entertainment industry.
Due to the strike, the majority of production houses have started to put their work on hold, as the writers are refusing to resume their work until a proper decision has been made regarding their compensation. After all, the writers are the backbone of the industry and are crucial players in creating some of the best work that viewers have seen in recent years, and their needs should be fulfilled!
This isn’t the only hurdle the industry will be facing in the coming weeks. According to recent reports, a possible actor’s strike is also heading the network’s way. As tense negotiations between the Hollywood actors’ union and the major studios, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) are still underway. The contract is now confirmed to expire on July 12 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.
So, if any possible agreement isn’t made before the deadline, the chance of both writers and actors being held together will increase the chances of production being delayed for more weeks. Due to this, we are certain that the show creators will try their best not to release any new updates in the month of July 2023, as it will be premature to put an official stamp on such details, which should be confirmed once the situation reaches a proper resolution.
At last, we know that it’s been months since the renewal was announced, so we can predict that the only possible update that can be disclosed soon will be a revised schedule with new release dates confirming the delay in the series premiere in case filming doesn’t begin this summer season. Until then, we have listed down all the details that have so far been made public, as it provides a fairly good insight into what the fans can expect from the sixth season until there is an official statement issued.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 6: When is it expected to premiere?
As mentioned above, we are saddened to inform our readers that the exact release date for the final season has not been confirmed by the network due to the ongoing writer’s strike, as it has caused a major halt in production which was reported to begin in the summer of 2023, with August being the likely time frame. Now, the production of the remaining episodes can begin once the strike comes to a resolution, as both actors and writers are the backbone of the entertainment industry and play a major role in creating interesting stories and characters.
Hence, if we consider all these factors, then there is a chance that everything pertaining to the release date of The Handmaid’s Tale Season 6 is rather speculative. As production comes to a halt, we believe that the network might be planning an early to mid-2024 release on Hulu with the same time slot of midnight ET and 3 a.m. PT. As there is a similar year gap between seasons, it will be easy to shift the release date and avoid any further hurdles in filming! Of course, this is just conjecture, and fans should wait for the network to confirm all these developments.
In the meantime, if you want to receive updates on when the show premieres, interested viewers can also enable notifications on the show’s official social media handles. Additionally, check out the official renewal announcement as shared with the followers on Twitter, quoting, “We can’t keep this a secret any longer. #TheHandmaidsTale will return for a 6th and final season on @hulu.” Take a look at the official announcement below:
— The Handmaid's Tale (@HandmaidsOnHulu) September 8, 2022
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 6: What can the fans expect from the final season?
The Emmy-winning series has captured the hearts of viewers worldwide with its gripping storyline, powerful performances, and thought-provoking themes and character arcs. So far, the sixth season seems promising and ever more intense and heart-wrenching as we follow the journey of June and her fellow handmaids as they fight against the oppressive regime of Gilead. With new challenges and obstacles to overcome, the stakes are higher than ever before.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the showrunner also teased that Nick and June have some unfinished business in the final season. “I feel like this is the most romantic Nick/June season ever because they spend the whole time trying to convince themselves that they don’t need to be together.’ Further adding, “And by the end, they are not successful at all. They fail entirely. They don’t even see each other in the last episode, and they’re so in love they can’t think about anything else.”
Moreover, executive producer Bruce Miller said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he doesn’t expect there to be a big time jump when the show returns, which is a great sign of direction for the series’ conclusion, quote, “We don’t tend to jump very much in time,” he said. “And it’s simply because my brain doesn’t work that way. I’m like, ‘What happens next?'”
The final season will also pick up elements from the fifth season in which June faces the consequences for her past actions, Serena attempts to raise her profile in Toronto, Commander Lawrence works with Aunt Lydia to reform Gilead, and June, Luke, and Moira fight Gilead and continue their mission to save Hannah. Moreover, the season ended with a big cliffhanger that has excited the fandom more than ever to know the outcome!
As we got to see that June finds herself under threat and must find some way to keep herself and her family safe from Gilead and its zealous supporters in Toronto. So, it is pretty evident that the fifth season’s finale is going to play a crucial role in concluding the overall plot that we have seen since its inception six years ago! Also, check out the official teaser of the fifth season to get an idea about the last season’s plot in case you haven’t streamed it yet.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 6 Cast: Who will return in the next season?
The main cast members who are expected to reprise their roles in the final season are as follows Elisabeth Moss, Bradley Whitford, Yvonne Strahovski, Max Minghella, O-T Fagbenle, Samira Wiley, Ann Dowd, Madeline Brewer, Amanda Brugel, Sam Jaeger. On the other hand, Deadline has recently confirmed that Jeremy Shamos will also guest-star in the sixth season.
Moreover, earlier, it was reported that Miller has officially stepped down as showrunner of The Handmaid’s Tale in order to focus on adapting The Testaments for television. Eric Tuchman and Yahlin Chang were named co-showrunners for the sixth and final season, though it was also announced that Miller would remain involved and would write two episodes.
Lastly, The Handmaid’s Tale is produced by MGM Television and executive produced by Bruce Miller, Warren Littlefield, Elisabeth Moss, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, Eric Tuchman, Yahlin Chang, Rachel Shukert, Sheila Hockin, John Weber, Frank Siracusa, Steve Stark, and Kim Todd. The series is internationally distributed by MGM.
The cast of @HandmaidsOnHulu #MaxMinghella, #AmandaBrugel and #EverCarradine, talk about the sheer amount of passion it takes to create such an amazing show. Watch the first five seasons of #TheHandmaidsTale on @Hulu now. pic.twitter.com/UbSEwYJUiE
— On The Red Carpet (@OnTheRedCarpet) June 24, 2023
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 6 Episodes: Where to stream?
The last season is assumed to have 10 episodes with a runtime of 41 to 65 minutes, which will drop on a weekly basis. The official episode titles and synopsis of the episodes haven’t been released yet to avoid any early spoilers because this is going to be the final season, and no one wants earlier spoilers before the fans get a chance to binge-watch it. So, we suggest the viewers be patient and follow the social media handles to stay up-to-date on the latest details.
We would also like to confirm that the network has also not released any new teasers or trailers for the upcoming season, as there is still plenty of time left for the official promotions to begin.
Until then, check out The Handmaid’s Tale, which is exclusively available to stream on Hulu, with other series of the same genre also accessible on the streaming platform with a range of membership options. 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 it on Vudu, Google Play, iTunes, and Amazon Instant Video, depending on the viewer’s location.
— The Handmaid's Tale (@HandmaidsOnHulu) November 9, 2022
Catch up on the previous seasons, and let us know when you think The Handmaid’s Tale will be back for Season 6 in the comments.