'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 5 on Hulu: Date, plot, cast and latest buzz around dystopian drama

June is gone, Janine is still trapped, and Serena is pregnant and widowed. What next for the handmaids?


                            'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 5 on Hulu: Date, plot, cast and latest buzz around dystopian drama
Elisabeth Moss as June Osborne in 'The Handmaid's Tale' (Hulu)
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With 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 4 ending on a not-so-secure note for June Osborne, her fate is not the only one that's left open-ended on the show. The uncertainty of Janine's state and whether Gilead will persecute June, or rescue Hannah before her fear of the handmaids grows any further, still lingers. Luckily, fans will be able to get answers soon as Hulu has finally announced the release date for the much-awaited Season 5. 

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In Season 4, we saw Commander Fred Waterford getting executed by the group of handmaids. The plan was perfectly stitched and executed by June Osborne (Elisabeth Moss). Fred's body was hanging on the Wall while June held on to baby Nichole for five more minutes. With one of the most frustrating cliffhangers in the show's history, we got to know that June has embarked on a journey to find her other daughter, Hannah. However, it's not going to be an easy ride for her because she would definitely have to bear the consequences of Fred's murder. 

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With Hulu finally announcing the release date for Season 5, here's everything you should know about the upcoming edition. 

Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy in 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 5 (Hulu)

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When does 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 5 release and where can you watch it?

Hulu announced that Season 5 of 'The Handmaid's Tale' will be premiering exclusively on Wednesday, September 14, and will be a two-hour premiere this time around. Viewers can download the Hulu app from Google's Play Store and Apple's App Store. All the previous four seasons are currently available for streaming on Hulu. 

What is 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 5 all about?

The official synopsis for Season 5 reads, "June faces consequences for killing Commander Waterford while struggling to redefine her identity and purpose. The widowed Serena attempts to raise her profile in Toronto as Gilead's influence creeps into Canada. Commander Lawrence works with Aunt Lydia as he tries to reform Gilead and rise in power. June, Luke, and Moira fight Gilead from a distance as they continue their mission to save and reunite with Hannah."

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A lot of people believe that Season 5 might be the show's last season because of Hulu's new show 'The Testaments'. The aforementioned spin-off series is based on Margaret Atwood and will be making its way to Hulu once 'The Handmaid's Tale' finishes. So, that's making everyone believe that the upcoming edition of the dystopian drama will make way for 'The Testaments'

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Who stars in Hulu's dystopian drama?

All the original cast members are returning for Season 5, including Elizabeth Moss as June Osborne and Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy. Meanwhile, Madeline Brewer will be reprising the role of Janine Lindo. 

Elisabeth Moss

One of the finest talents working in Hollywood right now, Moss gained prominence while playing Zoey Bartlet in the iconic series 'The West Wing'. However, her moment of glory came in 2007 when she was cast as Peggy Olson in 'Mad Men', for which she was nominated for 4 Emmys. She continued her golden run with 'Top of the Lake' and won Golden Globe for Best Actress in a mini-series. 

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'The Handmaid's Tale' took her popularity to a whole new level and made her win 2 Primetime Emmys, 1 Golden Globe, and 1 Critics' Choice Award. 

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Over the years, she has been a part of several critically-acclaimed projects such as 'The Seagull', 'Us', 'Shirley', 'The Invisible Man', and 'The French Dispatch'.

Other actors to feature on the show include Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia Clements, OT Fagbenle as Luke Bankole, Max Minghella as Commander Nick Blaine, Samira Wiley as Moira Strand, Amanda Brugel as Rita Blue, Bradley Whitford as Commander Joseph Lawrence, Sam Jaeger as Mark Tuello, McKenna Grace as Esther Keyes, Zawe Ashton as Moira's girlfriend Oona, Clea DuVall as Emily's wife, Sylvia, Charlie Zeltzer as Oliver, and Max Minghella as Commander Nick Blaine Sophie Giraud.

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Cast of 'The Handmaid's Tale', winners of Outstanding Drama Series, pose in the press room during the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

 

Showrunners

'The Handmaid's Tale' is based on Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel of the same name and was produced for television by Bruce Miller, who is known for 'Eureka' (2006) and 'Alphas' (2011). Miller was nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series category for 'The Handmaid's Tale's season 2 episode titled 'June'. The series has been produced by Hulu and Littlefield.

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A still of Elizabeth Moss as June Osborne and Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Waterford in 'The Handmaid's Tale' season 4. (Hulu)


Latest Buzz

1) Hulu has released two images from Season 5, which makes us believe that it's going to be an intense ride for June and everyone else. 

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2) In one of the images, we see a defiant June with an angry face and ready to face the consequences of killing Fred. However, she will do anything to save herself from the enemies. 

3) Meanwhile, Serena Joy seems to be feeling happy about her husband's death and could be seen smiling in the photo while wearing a black funeral veil. 

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