Handmaid’s Tale returns with two Elisabeth Moss-directed episodes

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(CREDIT: Sophie Giraud/Hulu)

The penultimate season of The Handmaid’s Tale has returned to Hulu. The first two episodes of Season 5 premiered Wednesday night on the streamer. Directed by star and Executive Producer, Elisabeth Moss, they did not disappoint.

Picking up right where Season 4 left off, June now faces consequences for the brutal (and well-deserved) killing of Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes). After returning to Toronto bloodied for most of the first episode, June now struggles to redefine her identity and purpose.

The widowed and scheming Serena (Yvonne Strahovski) attempts to raise her profile in Toronto as Gilead’s influence creeps into Canada.

Commander Lawrence is now working with Nick and Aunt Lydia as he tries to reform Gilead and rise in power. June, Luke and Moira fight Gilead from a distance as they continue their mission to save and reunite with Hannah.

Adapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale has remained relevant telling the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Offred (Elizabeth Moss), one of the few fertile women known as Handmaids in the oppressive Republic of Gilead, struggled to survive as a reproductive surrogate for a powerful Commander and his resentful wife.

Below are some behind the scene photos (courtesy of Hulu) and images from the first two episodes:

Director Elisabeth Moss, shown. (Photo by: Sophie Giraud/Hulu)
Serena (Yvonne Strahovski) and Director Elisabeth Moss, shown. (Photo by: Sophie Giraud/Hulu)
June (Elisabeth Moss), shown. (Photo by: Sophie Giraud/Hulu)
Director Elisabeth Moss and Cinematographer Nicola Daley, shown. (Photo by: Sophie Giraud/Hulu)
The Handmaid’s Tale — “Ballet” – Episode 502 — Luke (O-T Fagbenle) and June (Elisabeth Moss), shown. (Photo by: Sophie Giraud/Hulu)
Director Elisabeth Moss and Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd), shown. (Photo by: Sophie Giraud/Hulu)
Cinematographer Nicola Daley and June (Elisabeth Moss), shown. (Photo by: Sophie Giraud/Hulu)
The Handmaid’s Tale — “Ballet” – Episode 502 — Ballerina (Devon Teuscher), shown. (Photo by: Sophie Giraud/Hulu)

Having announced that the sixth season will be the last, The Handmaid’s Tale should benefit from the opportunity to build toward an end game. It’s time. The series stars Elisabeth Moss, Bradley Whitford, Yvonne Strahovski, Max Minghella, O-T Fagbenle, Samira Wiley, Ann Dowd, Madeline Brewer, Amanda Brugel, Sam Jaeger.

CREDITS:
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

  • Bruce Miller
  • Warren Littlefield
  • Elisabeth Moss
  • Daniel Wilson
  • Fran Sears
  • Eric Tuchman
  • Yahlin Chang
  • Rachel Shukert
  • Sheila Hockin
  • John Weber
  • Frank Siracusa
  • Steve Stark
  • Kim Todd

The series is internationally distributed by MGM.

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