Things Aren't Going So Well in Gilead in the New 'Handmaid's Tale' Trailer

We've got labor camps, people being weighed down in pools, a bunch of Handmaids on the gallows, and Aunt Lydia got hold of a microphone.

by Lauren Messman
Mar 28 2018, 4:10pm

With the next chapter of Offred's story in Handmaid's Tale rapidly approaching next month, Hulu has decided to drop yet another terribly bleak trailer on us in anticipation. On Wednesday, we got to see a lot more of what's to come in the highly anticipated second season, and things seem to have taken an even darker turn in Gilead.

Next to shots of labor camps, people being weighed down by kettlebells in pools, a bunch of Handmaids lined up on the gallows, and Aunt Lydia, who somehow got hold of a microphone, the trailer teases Offred's (Elisabeth Moss) freedom. We do get a shot of Offred leaving a nondescript house wearing street clothes and announcing herself by her real name, June Osbourne, by the end. But even if she does manage to escape Gilead, it looks like she'll have to endure a hell of a lot of torture to get herself free.

Meanwhile, Luke is still trying to find his wife from Canada after learning she's still alive, and Moira is spending her freedom protesting, though it looks like she's found some time for a new love interest. Alexis Bledel's character, Emily, is back working at some kind of Holes labor camp alongside Janine. And the Commander (Joseph Fiennes) and Mrs. Waterford (Yvonne Strahovski) don't look like they're doing so well after Offred's departure. While the Commander seems to be on some kind of homicidal hunting spree, Serena winds up in street clothes yelling about the "future of mankind."

Needless to say, if this trailer is any indication of how bat-shit the next season of Handmaid's Tale is about to be, then April 25 can't come soon enough. Check out the clip above.

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