'The Handmaid's Tale' season 4: Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything you need to know about the Elisabeth Moss starrer

Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale' was renewed for season 4 even before season 3 concluded. Here's everything to know about the upcoming season

'The Handmaid's Tale' season 4: Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything you need to know about the Elisabeth Moss starrer

Season four of 'The Handmaid's Tale' was renewed on July 26 by Hulu at the Television Critics Association event. The season will return with 13 episodes. The announcement was made even before the third season concluded, with just two episodes left for the finale. The announcement also went viral when it was shared on Twitter and Instagram.

Release date

The release date for season four is yet to be confirmed, however, fans expect it to be sometime in June 2020, considering season three was released in June 2019. 


The plot of season four has not been revealed so far but we know it will mainly depend on how season three concludes, especially considering the big escape that June Osborne has been planning this season. The first season for the show was based on the book of the same name by Margaret Atwood, however, the plot has since moved away from the source material. 

Season 3 recap:

In season 3 of 'The Handmaid's Tale', we see Serena Joy and June Osborne try to ensure the safety of the kids in their own ways. While Serena may have just orchestrated the downfall of her husband Commander Waterford in the show, June ends up killing Commander Winslow — one of the high commanders of DC — in self-defense. In short, the two have removed their biggest enemies from their path. June is now planning another escape, this time of the 52 lost children of Gilead. We will have to wait until the finale to see if her plans work out.



Elisabeth Moss as June Osborne

Elizabeth Moss plays the role of Offred-June Osborn in 'The Handmaid's Tale' (Hulu)


Elisabeth Moss plays the role of June Osborne, the handmaid who has been rebelling against the dystopian world of Gilead since the beginning of the show. She begins as Commander Fred Waterford's handmaid Offred and in season three, June is reassigned to Commander Joseph Lawrence as Ofjoseph.

Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy

Yvonne Strahovski plays the role of Fred Waterford's wife Serena Joy Waterford in 'The Handmaid's Tale'. (Hulu)

Yvonne Strahovski plays the role of Serena Joy, Commander Waterford's wife. Serena begins as one of the most hated characters in the show as she puts June through some torturous times. The extent that she went to hurt June was initially shocking and later turned out to be what was most expected of her. However, in season two, after the birth of Nichole (June and Nick's baby) in the show, she has a change of heart and it has since been unclear whose side she is on. 


Joseph Fiennes as Commander Fred Waterford

Joseph Fiennes plays the role of Fred Waterford in 'The Handmaid's Tale' (Hulu)

Actor Joseph Fiennes plays the role of Commander Fred Waterford, who is assigned a handmaid in the first season of the show. June is his handmaid and it is believed that Fred is sterile. In the name of 'The Ceremony', Fred has his wife Serena hold June down and rapes her. He also punished his wife Serena for reading a book, because this is against the rules of Gilead and chops her little finger off. Over the seasons, it has become clear that Fred has an attachment with Offred as he has broken many of Gilead's rules for her. 

Bradley Whitford as Commander Joseph Lawrence

A still of actor Bradley Whitford as Commander Lawrence in 'The Handmaid's Tale' season 3. (Hulu)


Actor Bradley Whitford began as a recurring character, Commander Lawrence, in season two. He was first assigned Emily (Alexis Bledel) as his handmaid and even helped her escape Gilead, which is how Nichole ends up getting taken into Canada. In season three, he was added to the cast as a main character and is one of June's allies. He wants his wife to escape from Gilead so she could be treated for mental illness.


Bruce Miller is the creator of 'The Handmaid's Tale' TV series and he won the 2017 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for the debut season of the show. Before this, he had worked on 2006 series 'Eureka' and 2014 show 'The 100'. 


Elizabeth Moss, who stars in 'The Handmaid's Tale' as June Osborne will direct episode 3 of the upcoming season 4 of the show. The news was confirmed on March 5, Thursday. According to a report in the Hollywood Reporter, Moss said, "I am thrilled to be given this opportunity by my partners Bruce [Miller] and Warren [Littlefield] and to have the support of all of our producers and Hulu/MGM."


She added, "It means so much to me and I do not take the responsibility lightly. Leading and executive producing this show the past three years has been such a joy and I’ve had the incredible gift of learning so much from the directors we’ve had on this show. I can’t wait to try my hand at working with my collaborators from this new perspective because I am lucky to have the best cast and crew in the world. My only hurdle may be working with the lead actress who I hear can be incredibly demanding. Wish me luck."


The trailer for the upcoming season has not been revealed as of now. 

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