Some good news for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale: the Hulu hit series is officially returning for a fifth season. While the show’s fourth season just premiered last week, viewers will be relieved to know that there’s more to come after this new set of 10 episodes.
Though the next instalment probably won’t be released until 2022, we’ve started to gather what we know so far about The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5. Watch this space for updates.
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The cast announced The Handmaid’s Tale renewal on Instagram.
In an Instagram video featuring a plethora of cast members, including Elisabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel, Joseph Fiennes, Max Minghella, Samira Wiley, Ann Dowd, Bradley Whitford, Madeline Brewer, Yvonne Strahovski, O. T. Fagbenle, Amanda Brugel, and Sam Jaeger, it was announced that The Handmaid’s Tale has officially been renewed for a fifth season on Hulu. The caption explained, “✨The cast has a special message for you ✨Season 4 returns in 2021 …oh and praise be, we’ve also been renewed for Season 5! #HandmaidsTale.”
“I’m also thrilled to announce that we’ve been picked up for Season 5,” Moss revealed in the video. “It’s my privilege and honor to tell this story. … It’s going to be a wild ride.”
Creator and showrunner Bruce Miller said, via The Hollywood Reporter, “We’re very grateful to Hulu and MGM that the show will be returning for a fifth season, and especially to our loyal fans for their support … We are thrilled to be able to continue to tell these stories, with our incredible cast and crew, and can’t wait to be back on the air with season four next year.”
It’s unclear whether this is the final season.
Miller told The Hollywood Reporter that the show is about to reach a “pivot point” with the next chapter of The Handmaid’s Tale. But when asked whether Season 5 would be the series’ last, he said in December 2020, “I have to say I would have had very different ideas before the pandemic. I mean, we talked about it, and Lizzie [Elisabeth Moss] and I have talked about it, and the writing staff and I have talked about it extensively about where we’re going precisely, but I do feel like after this year, it’s a good time to reassess.”
He added, “So I know where I am in the story, and I do feel like we’re kind of reaching kind of a pivot point, but whether that’s the end or not, I don’t know. It just feels like it’s a good time to reassess what you were thinking, just because the story world has opened up because the real world has changed so much.”
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There’s “a lot of life” in the story.
Speaking at a Television Critics Association panel in February, Miller admitted that he didn’t actually see an ending for The Handmaid’s Tale, Deadline reported. “As long as Lizzie will do this with me, I’ll keep going,” he joked. “There’s a lot of life in this story.”
He also referenced what role The Testaments, Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s sequel, could play on-screen. “I’m certainly fascinated by what happens in The Testaments and if that’s going to be part of our future, that’s a bigger question,” he added.
Watch this space for further updates!
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.