Anticipation is building for the second season of “The Handmaid’s Tale”, and the first full trailer for the upcoming season indicates that Offred’s (Elisabeth Moss) plight promises to be even more harrowing than ever.
The trailer picks up immediately where the first season left off, with Offred sitting in the darkness of a van after being taken from the home of the Commander (Joseph Fiennes) and his wife (Yvonne Strahovski), not knowing if she’s being secretly rescued or about to face a horrific new punishment.
“There probably is no out,” Offred says via voiceover, invoking the words of Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd). “Gilead is within you.”
The new season will take viewers into uncharted territory, with the first season having completed the story told in Margaret Atwood’s acclaimed 1985 novel, with its ambiguous ending to be spelled out.
In the trailer, we catch a glimpse of Offred’s friend Moira (Samara Wiley), who escaped to freedom in Toronto. We also get a look at the Commander and his wife arguing about the dire consequences they could face due to Offred’s disappearance and we see a brief preview of rebellious former handmaids Ofglen (Alexis Bledel) and Janine/Offwarren (Madeline Brewer) being punished for their transgressions by being exiled to work in the barren, contaminated Colonies.
“The Emmy-winning drama series returns with a second season shaped by Offred’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead,” reads the synopsis for the new season. “’Gilead is within you’ is a favourite saying of Aunt Lydia. In season two, Offred and all our characters will fight against — or succumb to — this dark truth.”
The second season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” premieres on April 25.