Runaway hit The Handmaid’s Tale, based off of the classic novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood, has been renewed for a third season only a week after its second season premiere. The show depicts a disturbing totalitarian regime which completely strips fertile women of their rights.
Women who can bear children become enslaved and their sole purpose is to house and birth a child.
It is a devastating and haunting premise that requires phenomenal performances from the entire cast, with standouts Elisabeth Moss, who plays June, and Ann Dowd, who plays Aunt Lydia.
The third season of the show will air sometime in 2019 if the first and second season is any indication, it will premiere in April.
The show has been racking up awards for its compelling and otherworldly depiction of such human atrocities. It won ‘Outstanding Drama’ at the Emmys and took home ‘Best Drama TV Series’ and ‘Best Actress in a TV Drama’ at the Golden Globes.
The show also took home a prestigious Peabody Award.
The first two episodes of the new season have been released and if they are any indication, the show is only getting deeper, darker and more overtly sinister.
The fascinating thing about this show is that it manages to also play to the juxtaposition of what these women’s lives were like before the complete disintegration of the government and the hunting for women who could carry children for powerful families.
Strict traditional values skewed and imbued with hateful rhetoric and actions makes the show seem not that far from a possibility in society’s that control and demonize its citizens.
A specific type of craven misogyny can be seen from the powerful politicians. Most wives, who are barren and can’t reproduce, go along with the new status quo as the glory of having a child supersedes everything else.
The Handmaid’s Tale does an excellent job of harnessing psychological fear and terror in the form of physical torture and threats.
Wanting to know exactly what happens to all of these characters that experience absolute hell on earth keeps it interesting and compelling.