Hulu has confirmed that The Handmaid's Tale is returning to our screens for a fourth season, and we can not wait, especially after that dramatic season three finale.
The Handmaid's Tale is one of the most influential TV series in recent history, with women across the world donning the famous red cloak and white cap for gender equality.
It's critically acclaimed too, winning multiple awards at the Emmys, Golden Globes, BAFTA's, and more, since its premiere in 2017.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Season 4 of the critically acclaimed TV series, The Handmaid's Tale
- When Can I Watch It? Still TBC, but it's likely to come out in April 2020
- Where can I watch it? Hulu in the US, Channel 4 in the UK, and SBS in Australia
What is The Handmaid's Tale about?
Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is set in the US in a dystopian near-future, where a totalitarian theonomic state, called the Republic of Gilead, has overthrown the government.
In response to plotting birth rates across North America, we are strictly policed, being enslaved as handmaids who bear the children of high-ranking men (one's own wives are infertile) ̵
Seasons 1 and 2 of The Handmaid's Tale introduces us to Offred, following her and the other Handmaids; some of whom join a secret resistance group in a bid to overthrow the state.
With three of the Handmaid's Tale in the US and UK (on Hulu and Channel 4, respectively), we'll probably have a long wait for the next chapter in Offred's story.
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When Will The Handmaid's Tale season 4 be released?
According to Elle filming has not started for season 4 yet, so we are not expecting it to land on our screens any time soon.
In the past, previous seasons have premiered in April 2017, 2018, and 2019, so we'd be surprised if it came any sooner than mid 2020.
Where does Handmaid's Tale season 4 air?
The Handmaid's Tale is a Hulu exclusive, so that will likely be the only place you'll be able to watch it in the US.
That means US viewers want to buy a subscription package; prices start at $ 5.99 a month going up depending on which package you choose.
If you're not sure what to do, Hulu does offer a free month with its smaller package, so you can try before you buy.
If you're planning to watch TV from the UK, you can watch it on TV All 4 for free.
Otherwise, the show is so on both Now TV and Sky however Now TV is currently one season behind, so we would not recommend this option if you want to watch The Handmaid's Tale season 4 as soon as it airs.
In Australia, The Handmaid's Tale season 3 is currently airing on SBS.
Another option might be the TV streaming service Stan ', which has all of the episodes of season so far on its platform. AU $ 10 a month to get the service.
Handmaid's Tale Season 4?
Beware: Handmaid's Tale season three spoilers below.
The first season of Handmaid's Tale is based on the same storyline in the Margaret Atwood novel – every season beyond that has been the invention of the show's directors, with Atwood acting as a producer.
So, it's really hard to say exactly what's going on in The Handmaid's Tale Season 4. Season 3 saw the burgeoning resistance movement begin to grow, culminating in a daring attempt to smuggle 52 children across the border to Canada.
Viewers watched in horror as June is shot down in the process – is she still alive?
The Handmaid's Tale season 4 will likely spell trouble for Aunt Lydia, who failed to prevent June's escape plan.
Much of the series has been concerned with June's desire Hannah, who was adopted by a high-ranking Gilead family.
There's speculation that Hannah wants to use Canada and is able to Serena Joy and Commander Waterford, who are on trial for crimes against humanity.
Will season four see Offred finally track down her family (if she survived the gunshot)? We hope so; after all, The Handmaid's Tale makes for notoriously bleak viewing, and a bit of respite from the doom and gloom would not go amiss in the new season.
What about the Handmaid's Tale sequel?
Margaret Atwood, writer of the original novel, has just released a Handmaid's Tale sequel.
Called The Testaments, it's set 15 years after the first novel (and season one of the TV series), and will be narrated by three female characters, one of which is Aunt Lydia, a vicious and vindictive character who 'trains' new Handmaids in the original series.
According to The Guardian, the sequel is not connected to the television version, so we are not expecting it to pick up where The Handmaid's Tale season ends.
Could it become a spin off in its own The Only Time Will Tell, But Hulu Are Bound to Be Influenced by The Success of The Handmaid's Tale TV Series Up Until Now.