During the TIFF premiere on September 8, Hulu announced that its series The Handmaid’s Tale has been renewed for a sixth and final season. The news comes just a handful of days ahead of the season 5 premiere.
The series is adapted from the Margaret Atwood novel of the same name. The upcoming fifth season will focus on the fallout from June killing Commander Waterford. After his death, June struggles to find her identity and purpose, and she, Luke, and Moira advance their efforts to find Hannah. Serena plays into the grieving widow role as she begins to bring Gilead’s influence into Toronto. Meanwhile, Aunt Lydia, Nick, and Commander Lawrence enact their own reforms within Gilead’s borders.
About the renewal, creator, showrunner, and executive producer Bruce Miller stated:
“It has been a true honor to tell the story of Margaret Atwood’s groundbreaking novel and chillingly relevant world, and we are thrilled to bring viewers a sixth and final season of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’ We are grateful to Hulu and MGM for allowing us to tell this story, which unfortunately has remained as relevant as ever throughout its run, and are in awe of our incredible fans for their unwavering support, and without whom we never would have gotten to this point.”
The Handmaid’s Tale season 5 stars Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, O-T Fagbenle, Samira Wiley, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer, Amanda Brugel, Ann Dowd, Bradley Whitford, and Sam Jaeger. New additions to the series include Christine Ko and Genevieve Angelson.
The first two episodes of season 5 premiere on Wednesday, September 14 on Hulu, with subsequent episodes releasing every Wednesday. Stay tuned for our recaps, and find our spoiler-free review on the season here.