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The Handmaid's Tale season 4: Release Date, Plot, Cast And More

The Handmaid's Tale season 4: Release Date, Plot, Cast And More

The Handmaid's Tale is coming back for a fourth season.

The dystopian drama web series The Handmaid's Tale was officially renewed for a fourth season by the show's official Twitter account back in July 2019.

Note: Watch your step from here on out, because it’s about to get spoiler-heavy.

What Happened in Season 3’s Finale?

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Season 3 had quite a dramatic ending to it. Still, it was a real relief to witness June (Elizabeth Moss) successfully rescue the children of Gilead. But if what follows later on in Margaret Atwood's novels, June is in for one traumatic roller coaster of an experience. And just like that, season three left fans with pretty much a mixed bag upon its conclusion.

What’s Going to Happen in Season 4?

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Showrunner Bruce Miller had the following to say to The Hollywood Reporter about where he would like to take a show next:
 
"I see a world beyond [the current one]. I would watch an episode about the Nuremberg trials after Gilead falls. There are lots of worlds you think of... where everything has changed so much."
 
Nevertheless, he said that he would like the show to remain as faithful to the source material as he would like.
 
Miller said that his arc is pretty much that of the novel which focuses on the experience of one woman in Gilead that gives the audience a perception of what the world was like back then, which is still very close to that of the book itself.
 
As for the plot itself, the series is expected to pick up from the cliffhanger which saw June being swept away by her fellow handmaidens. We also witnessed the arrest of Serena (Yvonne Strahovski), which is going to be very impactful for the fourth season when it arrives.
 
It was also announced by Hulu and MGM that the sequel novel The Testaments (which was released by Margaret Atwood recently in 2019) will also be adapted into a TV series. However, there are no details about when the show will come out or whether it’s going to play a part in the fourth season.

Season 4 Cast: Who’s Coming Back?

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Although there hasn't been any word as to who will be making their comeback in the next chapter, it's pretty much a given that the main protagonist June is going to continue her story from where it left off.
 
And while it hasn’t been confirmed yet, we expect most of the lead cast members to reprise their roles, including:
 
●     Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy
●     Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia
●     O.T. Fagbenle as Luke
●     Alexis Bledel as Emily
●     Joseph Fiennes as Commander Waterford
 
The only cast member, who isn’t returning for the fourth season is Amanda Bruegel who played Rita as was confirmed by Harper’s Bazaar.
 
In his interview with Harper's Bazaar, Miller had this to say:
 
"It'll always stay June's story. The show is all from June's point of view – all of it, including scenes with other people."
 
He further elaborates:
 
"Those are scenes where either she knows those people well enough to piece together what would have happened, or at some point afterwards, someone who was there told her what happened. Every single thing we see is something she either knows or would know, because she's telling us this story."

Season 4 Release Date: When Is It Going to Air?

The Handmaid's Tale's popularity was so incredible during season three that Randy Freer, the Hulu executive chief was very positive about the future of the show even before season four was officially renewed.
 
Freer told Variety, "The creative process will determine, is it a fourth season, is it five seasons? And I think that's one of the benefits for creators in the streaming world."
 
"Shows can take a natural progression, they can live for as long as they should live or they can end... I hope, as success goes, there's 10 seasons of The Handmaid's Tale."
 
The first two seasons of The Handmaid's Tale previously aired in April (one in 2017 and two in 2018). But season three aired a little later in June 2019.
 
This prompted us to think that the fourth season was going to arrive sometime in summer 2020. However, according to Redditor u/OfHolland, the way between seasons may be longer going forward.

Is There a Trailer for Season 4?

While it is pretty much common knowledge at this point that season 4 has been confirmed, we regret to inform our fellow Resistors that we don't have a teaser for the next chapter at the moment. And we shouldn't expect a brand-new teaser of any kind at least until the month that leads up to its premiere, which is probably some time at least in the middle of 2020. But rest assured, once something pops up, this is the place where you're going to find out about it. So be sure to check back right here for all the latest The Handmaid's Tale news and tidbits.

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