Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

First look at The Handmaid's Tale season 2

First look at The Handmaid's Tale season 2

Understandably, following up such an acclaimed run can feel a bit daunting.

What was hinted at in Atwood's novel can now be fully realized in The Handmaid's Tale season 2. "You sort of intimidate yourself". Alternately, this photo could be of June prior to her final transformation into a Handmaid.

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. The rest of season 2 will focus on world-building, with input from Atwood, who serves as consulting producer on the series. "Instead, you just have to do not forget to try and tell a good story".

He was reluctant to share too much detail, but insisted he wasn't just "being cagey": 'I just want the viewers to experience it for themselves!' he added. But most intriguingly is our first look at the Colonies, above, the contaminated lands left beyond the "safety" of Gilead, where exiled citizens and escapees have fled to. One features Offred/June, played by Elisabeth Moss, covered in blood; one reveals the barren existence of the dreaded Colonies; and one features a procession of Handmaids, dressed for a funeral in black and red.

'Everything from the design of their costumes to the way they look is so chilling, ' he said. "These scenes that are so lovely, while set in such a bad place, provide the kind of contrast that makes me happy".

HMT showrunner Bruce Miller gushed about working with Moss, saying, "Lizzie is such an incredible partner on this with me. Sometimes while writing the scripts, I just really wanted to surprise her", he says.

The second season of The Handmaid's Tale will truly venture into uncharted territory. But she is still looking as determined as ever.

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