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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Cast, Creator Talk Season 2 in #MeToo Era, Expanding Gilead

Following its debut on Hulu last year, “The Handmaid’s Tale” quickly became a part of the narrative for women’s rights and gender equality. Now, in the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, the show’s second season is once again drawing comparisons to today’s headlines.

Star Elisabeth Moss told Variety at the “Handmaid’s” premiere on Thursday that the new season is “so much about what it means to resist this year — so much about female empowerment but also women banding together and what happens when you split them apart. I think that’s
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Ann Dowd beams with joy when discussing her ‘unbelievable’ Emmy triumph for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ [Red Carpet Interview]

Ann Dowd beams with joy when discussing her ‘unbelievable’ Emmy triumph for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ [Red Carpet Interview]
“I’ll never get over it, not as long as I live,” beams Ann Dowd when discussing her Emmy triumph last year for playing the devilish Aunt Lydia on Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” We chatted with Dowd on the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere for “Handmaid’s” Season 2, held Thursday night at the Chinese Theatre. “Every time I think about it or I go back to that moment, it’s the goosebumps from head to toe and I’ll be in tears in about two minutes. It’s just unbelievable.” Watch our exclusive video interview above.

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Dowd’s fellow “The Handmaid’s Tale” cast members seemed especially proud of her victory at last year’s Emmy ceremony for Best Drama Supporting Actress. “How about that? The generosity of that?
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Wondering What Happens to Ofglen in The Handmaid's Tale Book?

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With a few exceptions, the book is always better than the movie. But TV is changing that with a new type of adaptation: cinema-quality series that allow writers the time and space needed to develop fully realized characters. When screenwriters condense a novel into a two-hour film, something will be left behind, but with 10 TV episodes (and subsequent seasons), there's an opportunity to not only do the original story justice, but to innovate.

This can be seen in the TV adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale, based on Margaret Atwood's novel by the same name. In the series, the character Ofglen (played by Alexis Bledel) has a backstory that's not written into the book. The book's omissions make her more mysterious, leaving readers to make their own conclusions, while the additions from the series make us feel more connected to her struggle.

The Book

In Atwood's novel, we only encounter
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Elisabeth Moss Brings ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2 To Hollywood

Hulu subscribers have to wait until April 25, but for a select few the streaming service unveiled the first episode of “The Handmaid’s Tale” season two Thursday night at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Friday night. And, of course, the handmaid herself, Elisabeth Moss, took center stage.

Before the premiere began series showrunner Bruce Miller and executive producer Warren Littlefield made some short remarks before introducing the cast on hand including Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Emmy-winner Ann Dowd (somehow even better in the new episodes), Emmy-winner Alexis Bledel (who has a larger role on season two), Max Minghella, Samira Wiley Moira and Madeline Brewer, among others (Yvonne Strahovski was under the weather and unable to attend).
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Everything We Know About ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2

Everything We Know About ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2
When audiences last saw Elisabeth Moss’ Offred — aka June — in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” she was being taken away from the Commander’s home in the back of a van in the Season 1 finale, her future unclear. While she questioned if she could trust Nick (Max Minghella), Moira (Samira Wiley) successfully escaped to Canada and the handmaids refused to punish Janine (Madeline Brewer) for attempting suicide.

Ahead of the show’s second season premiere April 25 on Hulu, here’s everything we know about the new season of the hit drama so far from “Handmaid’s Tale” trailer, first-look images, and early interviews.
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Team Reflects on Success, Previews Season 2 ‘Emotional Complexity’ and Tackling ‘Terrorism’

Walking onto the Toronto sound stages of “The Handmaid’s Tale” is akin to walking into a misty haunted house — your eyes take several minutes to adjust to the thick, foggy air concealing an otherwise normal living room and kitchen set. That ambiance is necessary when it comes to creating the Hulu and MGM studio show’s dark signature look; in fact, the style is just as important as the lens zooming onto Elisabeth Moss’ face as she silently burns a piece of paper. That wordless, close-up shot, or the “Lizzie Lens,” as the crew now affectionately dubs it, hasn
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Review: Season 2 Showcases a Bigger and More Brutal Universe, But Lacks Momentum

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Review: Season 2 Showcases a Bigger and More Brutal Universe, But Lacks Momentum
“The Handmaid’s Tale” has never been an easy show to watch, or to write about. The further we go into its storytelling, the more we learn about this haunting world, the more that we find ourselves struggling with the harshness that June (Elisabeth Moss) wants to escape.

In the episodes of Season 2 made available to critics, a lot happens, especially as it relates to June attempting to find safety in this unsafe world. Much of the season is driven by the big reveal from the end of last season: In a nation starved for children, June is pregnant. But while her pregnancy gives her new power in Gilead, it also leaves her more vulnerable than ever, which plays out in fascinating ways over the first few episodes.

There are brutal moments that result not only from June’s pregnancy, but also her rebellion. That being said, some of Season
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The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 Review

Six episodes were provided for review prior to broadcast.

Hands down the most terrifying series on television in 2017 was the adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale. The deplorable state of Gilead, a future United States gone bad by way of totalitarian fundamentalism, is a shocking and scary peek into what life can revert to when the wrong people are making decisions. This new season continues to be a grueling, essential viewing experience, as series protagonist June Osborne a.k.a. Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is pushed to her breaking point.

Following an act of rebellion by the handmaids as they refused Aunt Lydia’s (Anne Dowd) order to stone one of their own, Janine (Madeline Brewer), for her attempted suicide-infanticide, season 2 picks up right after and wastes no time in reminding you of the hell that they’re living in. Aunt Lydia isn’t going to take
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TV Review: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2 on Hulu

June Osborne is angry.

What comes through clearly in the opening episode of the second season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” is June’s silent, burning rage. We now know, of course, that her name is not Offred, but June. Chin up, defiant, she declares her first and last name quietly but fiercely several times as the Hulu drama gets underway in a year in which it is, somehow, even more relevant.

What it does to June to switch between names — and each adjustment costs part of her soul — is apparent in every close-up of Elisabeth Moss in this handsome,
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'The Handmaid's Tale' Returns: How Season 2 Taps Into the Resistance

'The Handmaid's Tale' Returns: How Season 2 Taps Into the Resistance
Deep in the heart of Gilead, a dystopian hellhole that used to be known as the United States of America, Elisabeth Moss offers a prayer. Like all the women in The Handmaid's Tale, her character, Offred, a prisoner and a slave. She remembers a few years ago, when she was a librarian in Boston with a husband and daughter, until the country got taken over by a militaristic and religious coup. Now it's a Christian totalitarian state where women are no longer allowed to read – they're forced into servitude or killed for "gender treachery.
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If You're Too Afraid to Ask What The Handmaid's Tale Is, Here You Go

With season two premiering in a matter of days, Hulu's adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale just keeps gaining momentum. If you missed the first season and you literally have no idea what the show is about, we can help.

Originally a 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, the story was equally popular when it was first published. The series follows the book's premise pretty closely in that it's set in a dystopian time when the American government has been overthrown and the country is now run by an order of totalitarian orthodox Christians who are fundamentalists. Under their dictatorship-style rule, basic human rights for women have almost become extinct.

The human fertility rates have suffered due to environmental factors, and the population is dwindling. It is in this society that we are introduced to the protagonist Offred who is a "handmaid" to Fred, or "The Commander." Offred is expertly played by Elisabeth Moss,
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Key Art Revealed For Upcoming ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Season Two

Hulu has revealed the first piece of key art for the highly anticipated second season of their incredible drama series The Handmaid’s Tale. The first two episodes of the 13-episode season will launch on Wednesday, April 25th.

The Emmy-winning drama series returns with a second season shaped by Offred’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. “Gilead is within you” is a favorite saying of Aunt Lydia. In Season Two, Offred and all our characters will fight against – or succumb to – this dark truth.

The Handmaid’s Tale was without a doubt one of the very best series to date and we are absolutely on the edge of our seats in anticipation for what will be in store for season two!

The Handmaid’s Tale comes to Hulu from MGM Television and is created, executive produced and written by
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2018 Emmys: Which drama will have the most nominations? ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Westworld,’ ‘Stranger Things’ … [Poll]

When last year’s Emmy nominations were unveiled, HBO’s “Westworld” was the king of all dramas with a whopping 22 bids. Its closest competitor was Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” which came in at 18 total noms. “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu) and “The Crown” (Netflix) each nabbed 13, followed by NBC’s “This Is Us,” which ended up with 10. However, none of those numbers match the nominations tallies of “Game of Thrones,” which earned 24 in 2015 and 23 in 2016. At the upcoming 2018 Emmys, will “Game of Thrones” once again be TV’s drama nominations leader, or will one of its competitors claim that title? Vote in our poll below.

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After only six Emmy cycles, “Game of Thrones” has become the most rewarded primetime series in television history. It’s won a total of 38 trophies, including Best Drama Series (2015-
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2018 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Emmy Predictions

Last year Ann Dowd stunned Emmy viewers by upsetting Chrissy Metz in this category. Both will be back in the mix along with “Game of Thrones” regular Lena Headey who qualifies this time around. The field should be fierce, but will any of the presumed nominees simply not make the cut? [Posted April 6]

Frontrunners

Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things

Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones

Vanessa Kirby, “The Crown

Thandie Newton, “Westworld

Chrissy Metz, “This Is Us

Almost there

Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is The New Black

Alexis Bledel, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Maisie Williams, “Game of Thrones

Constance Zimmer, “UnReal

Winona Ryder, “Stranger Things

Longshots

Aubrey Plaza, “Legion

Yvonne Strahovski, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Sophie Turner, “Game of Thrones

Outstanding Comedy Series

Outstanding Comedy Series

Outstanding Limited Series

Outstanding Reality-Competition Series
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2018 Emmy predictions by Experts: Can Vanessa Kirby break through for her final season on Netflix’s ‘The Crown’?

2018 Emmy predictions by Experts: Can Vanessa Kirby break through for her final season on Netflix’s ‘The Crown’?
Season 2 of “The Crown” marked Vanessa Kirby‘s final appearance as Princess Margaret, since Netflix’s drama will be jumping ahead through time next season. Even though Kirby was snubbed at last year’s Emmy Awards, might she earn a goodbye hug this year in the form of a Best Drama Supporting Actress nomination? One of our Expert journalists who’ve chimed in with their early predictions — Robert Rorke (New York Post) — thinks Kirby will receive an Emmy nom. In addition, seven of our Top 24 Users and four of our Top 24 All Stars also predict now is the time that Kirby will be coronated by the Emmy Awards.

SEE2018 Emmy predictions by Experts: Claire Foy could steal Elisabeth Moss’ crown by winning for final season

The Crown” was one of Emmy’s favorite shows last year, earning 12 nominations including Best Drama Series and Best Drama Actress for Claire Foy, who portrays Queen Elizabeth II.
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16 Things We Know About The Handmaid's Tale Season 2

We're officially in some new fresh hell in 2018, and when it comes to The Handmaid's Tale, we're already looking ahead. If you read the book, you'll know that the first season finale ends in the same frustrating way the book ends: June is taken into a mysterious van and carted off to a mysterious future somewhere else. In this case, though, we don't have to wonder endlessly. How much can we uncover about the show's next chapter? Well, blessed be the fruit - we've got a lot to go over. Let's see what we could uncover (under his eye).

1. It's Going to Be Longer

While the first season was 10 episodes, the second has been extended to 13.

2. Alexis Bledel Will Reprise Her Role

Thought you'd seen the last of Ofglen/Emily? Not so fast. Bledel has been confirmed as part of season two's cast! We'll get a glimpse of Ofglen in the Colonies,
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The Handmaid's Tale: Season Two Trailer Released by Hulu

"Is this what freedom looks like?" Hulu has released the official trailer for season two of The Handmaid's Tale.Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, the drama takes place in a dystopian society where women are considered property. The cast includes Elisabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer, Ann Dowd, O-t Fagbenle, and Amanda Brugel.Read More…
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Whoa... This New Trailer For The Handmaid's Tale is Filled With Rage and Desperation

"Is this what freedom looks like?"

Hulu has released a new trailer for The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 and this next chapter of the story looks wickedly intense! There's a lot to take in with this new trailer and it's filled with so much rage and desperation. The first season left with June/Offred (Elisabeth Moss) sitting in the back of a police van headed to safety and judging from this trailer it looks like she's going to be ok, as she presses forward with defiance.

Season 2 will follow Offred who "reckons with the consequences of a dangerous decision while haunted by memories from her past and the violent beginnings of Gilead." This is a powerful series that needs to be seen, so if you haven't watched season one yet, do yourself a favor and check it out.

Adapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale is the
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Trailer Watch: Gilead Is Within Offred in “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2

“The Handmaid’s Tale”

When we last saw Offred (Elisabeth Moss), real name June, in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” she was being carted away to who knows where in a foreboding black van. In the trailer for Season 2 of Hulu’s dystopian drama, we get a glimpse of Offred in the van, contemplating her fate.

“Is this what freedom looks like?” she wonders in voice-over. “What will happen when I get out? There probably is no ‘out,’” she decides, “Gilead is within you.”

That definitely seems to be the case. Gilead — the misogynist, fundamentalist Christian, totalitarian society that once was the U.S. — has a way of ruining everyone’s lives, even those of the people who helped orchestrate its regime. Fred and Serena Joy (Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski), the couple Offred served in Season 1, are worried they’ll be punished for Offred’s participation in the Resistance.

Meanwhile,
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Watch the Harrowing New Trailer for Season 2 of ‘Handmaid’s Tale’

Watch the Harrowing New Trailer for Season 2 of ‘Handmaid’s Tale’
“Is this freedom looks like?” questions Elizabeth Moss’ Offred in the new trailer for Season 2 of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” released Wednesday.

“What will happen when I get out?” she continues. “There probably is no out, Gilead is within you.”

The footage then follows Offred, on the run and pregnant, while Luke, her husband from before Gilead, and her friend Moira fight for “The Resistance” in Canada. The trailer also features the Colonies for the first time, where Emily (Alexis Bledel) and Janine (Madeline Brewer) have been sent for disobeying the rules of Gilead.

“My name is June Osborne. I am free,
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