'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 5: Air date, plot, how to live stream cult Hulu show

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


                            'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 5: Air date, plot, how to live stream cult Hulu show
A still from 'The Handmaid's Tale' with Elisabeth Moss in front as June (Hulu)

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 June will be persecuted by Gilead, or rescue Hannah before her fear of the handmaids grows any further, still lingers. But luckily for fans, 'The Handmaid's Tale' has already been renewed for Season 5, with the star-studded cast announcing the renewal back in December 2020. 

That said, there's no clarity on what's next for Serena Waterford either. Her husband and master formulator of Gilead, Fred Waterford, was executed by the group of handmaids Gilead exchanged for him. June and Nick orchestrated the murder and by the end of the season, Fred's body was hanging on the Wall while June held on to baby Nichole for five more minutes.

This hints at June leaving Luke and her child behind in her pursuit of her other daughter, Hannah, once again falling back into the signature trope of June staying in Gilead despite all the odds. With that frustrating cliffhanger looming for the next one year or so, here's what we know about Season 5 so far.

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Air date

A release date for 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 5 is yet to be announced. But given the show's annual premiere schedule, it is expected that Season 5 will drop sometime in spring of 2022 on Hulu. Although, it's worth noting that Season 4 debuted two years after Season 3, so it could that long before Season 5 is ready for our viewing pleasure.

Plot

It's too early for the plot of 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 5 to be public, but this is definitely not going to be the last season of the Hulu series. The show's current plot is years ahead of where Margaret Atwood's 2019 sequel to her original 1985 novel begins.

When asked by Bustle about how they plan on ending the show, producer Warren Littlefield, “We're getting closer to the end, but we don't know yet.” Littlefield reveals that the show's current timeline is “laying groundwork" for 'The Testaments', which is Atwood's sequel to the book which the show is based on.

In the sequel by Atwood, baby Nichole has no memories of June, but that might not be how things play out in the show's future since the show has deviated from the books before. Fans are excited to learn about what happened to Janine and whether June gets persecuted or whether she exacts further revenge from Serena. The possibilities are wide open about where things could possibly go after the Season 4 finale, so the anticipation for the twists and turns of the next installment is expected.

Cast of 'The Handmaid's Tale', left to right: Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes, Madeline Brewer, Samira Wiley, Elisabeth Moss, OT Fagbenle, Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd, Max Minghella, and Amanda Brugel. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Cast

Carrying over their current cast from Season 4, 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 4 is expected to see 'Mad Men' and The Invisible Man's Elisabeth Moss as June Osborne. Australian actor Yvonne Strahovski, who garnered fame through 'Dexter' and more recently 'Stateless', will return as Serena Waterford.

Max Minghella will play Nick Blaine, and OT Fagbenle will continue on the show as Hannah's husband Luke Bankole. Samira Wiley will return as Hannah's best friend Moira, Amanda Brugel as Rita, the Waterford's former Martha, Alexis Bledel as Emily, Madeline Brewer as Janine, Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia, and Bradley Whitford as Commander Joseph Lawrence.

Mckenna Grace has recently joined the cast as the rebellious teen handmaid Esther, and June's daughter Hannah will be played by Jordana Blake.

Creator

'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.

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

Trailer

Once again, it's too early for a trailer yet. Watch this space for more updates!

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