The Handmaid’s Tale Season 6: When is the final season expected to release?

The Handmaid's Tale Season 6: When is the final season expected to release?
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Is The Handmaid’s Tale Season 6 expected to release in 2022 or 2023 on Hulu? Continue reading to find out.

As fans finally got to tune into watching the final episode of The Handmaid’s Tale season 5, titled “Safe,” on the streaming platforms earlier today. The most immediate question that has been raised by the fans is, “When is the final season expected to release?” Well, we have some good news for you! According to reports, Hulu is not shying away from The Handmaid’s Tale, which is now being reported to continue its tale for another mind-blowing season for one last time to properly conclude this beloved series. 

There is much more to see in this drama series, which has a twist for the final season that fans truly deserve. So, we’ve got some of the most recent series updates for you. All of the latest details about the potential release dates among other updates which are listed below to help you prepare for the upcoming episodes of this dystopian drama television series. Here is everything we know so far about when The Handmaid’s Tale Season 6 will release on Hulu.

The Handmaid's Tale Season 6: When is the final season expected to release?

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 6 Potential Release Date and Time Slot

Yes, The Handmaid’s Tale Season 6 will definitely return to your screen, but it will take some time as the fifth season has just ended. So, the fans might have to wait a bit longer as the filming of the episode is still underway, and it doesn’t seem like the production status has been revealed yet. Hence, it seems unlikely that the show will return this year, to say the least. The exact release date of the final season has not been disclosed as of November 8, 2022. 

If we were to guess, we suspect Hulu is setting up The Handmaid’s Tale Season 6 for the fall release of 2023 at the time slot of midnight ET and 3 am PT, considering the latest season came out in September 2022. Of course, this is just speculation, and the fans should wait and keep a closer eye on the social media handles of the show to know about all the latest details and updates.

“It has been a true honor to tell the story of Margaret Atwood’s groundbreaking novel and chillingly relevant world, and we are thrilled to bring viewers a sixth and final season,” said Miller said in a statement. “We are grateful to Hulu and MGM for allowing us to tell this story, which unfortunately has remained as relevant as ever throughout its run, and are in awe of our incredible fans for their unwavering support, and without whom we never would have gotten to this point.”

Further adding, “Five years ago, almost to the day, The Handmaid’s Tale made history when it became the first show to win an Emmy for a streaming service. In the time since it has been a privilege and pleasure to work with some of the finest creative talent in our industry on this show – a distinct and exceptional group of people who continue to produce the highest quality television that has made and continues to make significant cultural impact. Bruce, Warren, Lizzie, and the entire team at MGM have been amazing partners, and we hope fans enjoy these last two seasons,” said Craig Erwich, President, ABC Entertainment, Hulu & Disney Branded Television Streaming Originals.

The Handmaid's Tale Season 6: When is the final season expected to release?

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 6 Plot Update

When asked about how the creator plans to conclude the story, Bruce Miller, stated, Well, I’m working on The Testaments while I’m working on Season 6 of The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s so lovely to have another book to go to. I think the people who watch the TV show have to be comfortable with the fact that just like Handmaid’s didn’t follow the book, The Testaments is a sequel to this TV show. So I’m not necessarily shooting for those things the way that they are in The Testaments but everybody is growing in those directions. Margaret [Atwood] and I had lots of conversations about the character [of June]. She watched some of the show before she even started to write The Testaments. I think that the characters have a lot of similarities, which is wonderful—and they are definitely falling into place for The Testaments

But for June, I don’t feel an allegiance to wrap her up the way she’s wrapped up in The Testaments novel. I just want to follow the story and make sure it makes sense. But the thing that you should remember is that all the voiceover we’re hearing, this story is June’s story. It’s not called Gilead, it’s The Handmaid’s Tale. I certainly have been thinking of the show as a memoir of part of June’s life, not the part where she would consider herself a handmaid. I think that in the end, just like before we started the show, they had lives. She’s gonna go on and continue on in whatever way she continues on and we’re not going to see it. And because we got to see this part so intimately, I feel like you care about what happens to her next, but that’s not this tale.

The Handmaid's Tale Season 6: When is the final season expected to release?

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 6 Cast and Crew

The main cast members of the series who are expected to reprise their roles are as follows: Elisabeth Moss as June Osborne / Offred / Ofjoseph, Joseph Fiennes as Commander Fred Waterford, Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy Waterford, Alexis Bledel as Dr. Emily Malek, Madeline Brewer as Janine Lindo, Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia ClementsBefore Gilead, O. T. Fagbenle as Luke Bankole, Max Minghella as Commander Nick Blaine, Samira Wiley as Moira Strand, Amanda Brugel as Rita Blue, Bradley Whitford as Commander Joseph Lawrence, and Sam Jaeger as Mark Tuello. 

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 Handmaid's Tale Season 6: When is the final season expected to release?

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 6: Episodes and Streaming Options

We’d also like to point out that, as of  November 9, 2022, the exact titles and numbers for the episodes of the finale season cannot be confirmed. It is speculated to have at least 10 to 13 episodes with a runtime of 41 to 65 minutes. As the network will publish those details when the episodes are due to air on the streaming service. So, we would advise fans to be patient while waiting for these updates, which will be issued in the coming weeks. 

Right now, you can watch The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu and Hulu Plus with a selection of membership tiers from which viewers can pick according to their preferences. 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 Season 6: When is the final season expected to release?

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5: A Quick Recap

On Rotten Tomatoes, the fifth season has earned positive reviews from 81% of 21 critics, with an average rating of 7.1/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “The Handmaid’s Tale has lost its urgency after spreading its once-arresting premise thin in a season focused on vengeance’s consequences, but the women of Gilead are still played with compelling exactitude.” On Metacritic, it has received an average score of 63 out of 100, based on 7 reviews, indicating “generally positive reviews.”

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 showcases the plot, stating, June faces 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. Check out the episode guide for the recently aired season to understand the plot below: 

Episode 1: Morning – September 14, 2022: In the powerful Season 5 premiere, June struggles as she considers her next move after killing Commander Waterford. Meanwhile, Serena Joy is left reeling after the death of her husband.

Episode 2: Ballet – September 14, 2022: June and Luke attend a ballet, and Serena says goodbye to Fred. Meanwhile, Janine and Esther accompany Aunt Lydia to a gathering at the Putnam house.

Episode 3: Border – September 21, 2022: June and Moira journey to the border to send a message. Serena attends a dinner party at the Lawrence house, and Aunt Lydia prays for Janine’s recovery.

Episode 4: Dear Offred – September 28, 2022: June works to overcome her violent instincts. Meanwhile, Serena settles into her new role in Toronto, and Aunt Lydia helps Janine with her recovery.

Episode 5: Fairytale – October 5, 2022: June and Luke venture into unfamiliar territory in search of information. Meanwhile, Serena Joy continues to settle into her new role and gets to know her new hosts.

Episode 6: Together – October 12, 2022: June teaches Luke the basics of survival. Meanwhile, Serena Joy tests the hospitality of The Wheelers, and Aunt Lydia makes a surprising discovery.

Episode 7: No Man’s Land – October 19, 2022: Alone and isolated, June and Serena find that they must labor together in order for both of them to survive.

Episode 8: Motherland – October 26, 2022: June receives an extremely tempting offer from a surprise visitor. Meanwhile, Serena Joy finally hits rock bottom and desperately searches for allies…any allies.

Episode 9: Allegiance – November 2, 2022: In the penultimate episode of Season 5, June and Luke prepare for a rescue mission. Meanwhile, Serena Joy experiments with new tactics in an attempt to have it all.

Episode 10: Safe – November 9, 2022: In the powerful season finale, June (Elisabeth Moss) finds herself under threat and must find some way to keep herself and her family safe from Gilead and its zealous supporters in Toronto.

The Handmaid’s Tale | Season 5 | Trailer

Catch up on the previous seasons while you wait for The Handmaid’s Tale Season 6 to premiere on Hulu.