The Trailer for the New Season of 'Handmaid's Tale' Is Bleak as Hell

The show heads back to Gilead this April.

by VICE Staff
Jan 16 2018, 4:23pm

After Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale swept through awards season, netting dozens of accolades, it looks like the show will be heading back to Gilead this spring. At a Television Critics Association event in Pasadena last weekend, the streaming service announced that the second season will premiere at the end of April—and dropped a new trailer offering a first look at what's to come.

The minute-long teaser is scored by a creepy-ass cover of Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" and features Elisabeth Moss's character, Offred, back in her handmaid's dress and gagged after her rebellion at the end of season one. We also get a brief glimpse of the "Colonies," the wild land outside Gilead that was previously only discussed in the first season, though it doesn't particularly look like a place you'd want to go. But between all the bleakness, we thankfully get a little bit of hope seeing Moira, who now appears to be living a new and better life in Ontario.

This new season will be a departure from the original source material—Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel—since the first season ended at roughly the same point as the book. At the TCA panel, Moss revealed that the new season will center on Offred's pregnancy, the Los Angeles Times reports, though Moss and the show's other executive producers were careful not to give too much away.

"[Showrunner Bruce Miller] and I always talked about the impending birth of this child that’s growing inside her as a bit of a ticking time bomb," Moss said. "It's a very big part of this season, and it gets bigger and bigger as the show goes on."

The second season of The Handmaid's Tale premieres with two new episodes on April 25 on Hulu. Until then, give the trailer a watch above.

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