We’re almost a full year into this pandemic nightmare, and if comfort TV just isn’t cutting it for you anymore, it’s your lucky day. After a lengthy COVID-19 delay, The Handmaid’s Tale season 4 is finally on its way to our screens; Hulu announced this afternoon that the new season will premiere on Wednesday, April 28.
The first three episodes of season 4 will be released simultaneously on Hulu that day, so plan your mini-binge accordingly. Here’s the official synopsis for the new season:
In the 10-episode upcoming season, June (Elisabeth Moss) strikes back against Gilead as a fierce rebel leader, but the risks she takes bring unexpected and dangerous new challenges. Her quest for justice and revenge threatens to consume her and destroy her most cherished relationships.
Season 4 will see the return of all your Gilead faves, including Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer, O-T Fagbenle, Amanda Brugel, and Bradley Whitford. One new addition to the cast is 14-year-old McKenna Grace, who plays the recurring role of Mrs. Keyes. Per Deadline, she’s “a sharply intelligent teenaged wife of a much older Commander who rules her farm and household with confidence. She has a rebellious, subversive streak, and is calm and pious on the outside with turmoil, even insanity, on the inside.”
The season 3 finale of The Handmaid’s Tale culminated in June conspiring with the Marthas to smuggle dozens of children safely out of Gilead. “I can’t imagine that all hell isn’t going to break loose,” showrunner Bruce Miller told Harper’s BAZAAR of what’s coming next. “But I also wonder how Gilead is going to play it. How weak does it make you look to the world if you can’t even keep track of what ends up being probably 165 children? It might be beneficial for them to try to keep it quiet.”
Watch the very first footage from season 4 in the teaser video above
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