Runaway Hulu hit The Handmaid’s Tale, which was adapted from author Margaret Atwood’s famous novel of the same name, returns with its second season on April 25th. The show has been critically acclaimed and won countless awards for its first season.
The show deals with a society that is cruel and unjust to women. Women do not have voices or a say in their own lives and many of whom, called handmaidens, sole and only purpose is to get pregnant and give their babies to powerfully established families in a hierarchical nightmare.
The second season begins with a Guardian Nick, who has fallen in love with Offred, played by Elisabeth Moss, attempting to figure out what they’re going to do about her pregnancy.
These two figures have virtually no say or power in what happens to themselves, let alone a child who would easily serve as a prize in any powerful household on the show.
Max Minghella, who plays Nick, says the stakes are even higher in the second season, which may seem a bit unfathomable to fans as the first season really pushed the envelope of captivity, imprisonment, alongside terrible psychological and emotional abuse.
Minghella credits this grand elevation to the showrunner and writers, who ended the first season exactly where the famous novel came to a close which means the narrative departure is now all up to those who helm the show’s ship.
So much of what happens on this show is done in secret as the freedom and privacy of these women are nonexistent.
The fact that Offred and Nick managed to have an affair undetected is a feat in and of itself.
The fate of their baby seems difficult to even think of in a way that has any type of happy ending, unless some type of escape were to occur, much like that of Offred’s best friend played by Samira Wiley.
Offred also has an entire life that was ripped from her that unfolded in the first season, what’s to become of her husband Luke who she was separated from when abducted and turned into a handmaiden? What about their little girl?
So many questions that the second season will try to answer, while also likely creating a dozen more.