The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 is set to premiere on Hulu in the spring of 2018. The show’s first season was one of the standout television moments of 2017, and fans have been eagerly awaiting news about the future of the dystopian series. The show reportedly gained the largest viewership figures of any Hulu original program, resulting in Hulu renewing The Handmaid’s Tale for a second season.
Exactly when The Handmaid’s Tale was due to return has remained a mystery, up until this point. Now, Hulu has confirmed a release window for the second season of the show.
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The news was revealed by Hulu via the official The Handmaid’s Tale Twitter channel. The announcement was made alongside a brief teaser video, confirming that season 2 is currently in development as well as hinting that there is “no turning back.” The video, and the announcement, can be seen below.
No turning back. Season 2 of The #HandmaidsTale returns April 2018, only on @hulu. pic.twitter.com/yPcPQY8hxJ
— The Handmaid’s Tale (@HandmaidsOnHulu) November 14, 2017
Exactly what will come with the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale has been the topic of much debate. The first season built upon the core story of Margaret Atwood’s original novel to great effect, and fans have been confident about the success of season 2 after it was revealed that Atwood is working on Handmaid’s Tale season 2 in a creative capacity.
Although there are some changes between The Handmaid’s Tale novel and series, the largest obvious differences are generally to do with the scope of the show. The first season covered the main plot of the novel, and perfectly matched with Atwood’s overall themes, but exactly how the story can be propelled forward without the assistance of source material has been an intriguing question for fans. Given that some key characters will be returning for Handmaid’s Tale season 2, it’s clear that the second season of the show is going to be full of surprises.
Whatever season 2 has in store, fans will likely be happy as long as the quality of the show’s first season carries over into the second. The Handmaid’s Tale was a standout success when it came to viewer reception and critical reception alike, and the show made history by gaining Hulu the honor of being the first streaming service to win the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy. Although continued success is never guaranteed for any show, expectations are high for The Handmaid’s Tale season 2.
The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 arrives next spring.