If you haven’t yet caught up on Hulu’s original series The Handmaid’s Tale, you’ve got a couple weeks to check it out – season two starts April 25, when the first two episodes of the 13-episode season will drop. Episodes will air weekly after that, just like season one did. Because the new season takes place after the original source material—Margaret Atwood’s 1989 book—ends, we don’t know what’s outside of Gilead. But, we can turn to a new season two trailer to try and piece things together. Spoilers for season one to follow, FYI.
Our main handmaid, played perfectly by Elisabeth Moss, was last seen being led into a scary dark van, much like at the end of the Margaret Atwood novel. In the trailer, it looks like she’s gonna get out of it, but not out of servitude. There are still plenty of shots of her wearing the traditional red robe and white wings. P.S., she’s pregnant with the chauffeur’s baby! It’s a regular soap opera up in here, except way more stressful.
Played by Samira Wiley, we left Moira in Canada along with Luke (O-T Fagbenle), June’s husband from whom she was separated in the first episode. They’re safe up north in a haven where, presumably, prescription drugs cost less and no one is actively trying to enslave women, but we don’t see what they’re up to in this trailer. Moira shows up in two quick cuts, but they both appear to be in flashbacks.
Things are looking bleak for Ofglen (Alexis Bledel), who rebelled in some pretty impressive ways in season one. She’s in what appears to be the toxic-sludge covered colonies we keep hearing about, but at least she’s got company in Janine (Madeline Brewer). While the book made reference to the colonies a ton, the story never ventured there. It’ll be interesting to see how the show interprets the place, and the trailer does a good job of making it seem sufficiently foreboding.
Serena Waterford (played by Yvonne Strahovski) seems pretty stressed out in the dark, creepy house she shares with her husband, The Commander (Joseph Fiennes). It must be chilly in there with the ever-looming presence of the patriarchy! They’re worried about being accused of sympathizing with the resistance, and they’re starting to turn on each other. Trouble in dystopia!
A bunch of new characters are poised to be introduced in season two as well, though the trailer is careful not to give too much away. Tune in to Hulu on April 25 to see who shows up in Gilead.