To no one’s surprise, Hulu announced in May 2018 that The Handmaid’s Tale had been renewed for a third season. And we finally know when to mark our calendars: The third season will premiere on June 5, 2019. Prepare your own ceremony of sorts, because three full episodes will drop that day, followed by one new episode every Wednesday. Season 3 will have 13 episodes in total. Here’s what we know so far:
1. The teaser will give you goosebumps. Hulu gave us a first look at season three with a chilling advertisement during the Super Bowl. If this feels more like a political ad than a preview of your favorite show to binge watch, it’s probably because it’s a play on Ronald Reagan’s 1984 reelection campaign.
*Heavy sarcasm* hmm, it’s almost like The Handmaid’s Tale is trying to send us some kind of message before the 2020 election.
2. June is dressed in pale green. So… does that mean that the woman also known as Offred is going to be a Martha in the new season? Perhaps. But it could also mean that she’s doing something sneaky and undercover.
3. Like season two, don’t expect the series to stray too far away from Margaret Atwood’s book. Sort of. As showrunner Bruce Miller told The Hollywood Reporter, “People talk about how we’re beyond the book, but we’re not really. The book starts, then jumps 200 years with an academic discussion at the end of it, about what’s happened in those intervening 200 years. It’s maybe handled in an outline, but it’s still there in Margaret’s novel. We’re not going beyond the novel; we’re just covering territory she covered quickly, a bit more slowly.”
4. Atwood will continue to be involved. “She watches every cut and gives us notes when she has time,” Miller said at the PGA’s Produced By Conference in June 2018. “We’re more reluctant to make changes in the world than she is, because she likes exploring different versions of it.”
5. Pre-production began in June 2018. In an interview with Cosmopolitan.com, writer Yahlin Chang confirmed that conversations for season three have already been taking place. “We do talk about what to do in season three and we’re all horrified by these family separations,” Chang said, referring to Trump’s border policy that separated migrant children from their parents who entered the U.S. illegally. “We wish that everything we were talking about was made up and not real, for sure. It is very uncanny timing.”
6. The show could make it to 10 seasons. Again, in his interview with THR, Miller said that he’s “roughed it out” for the show to have 10 seasons. “I see a world beyond [the current one]. I would watch an episode about the Nuremberg trials after Gilead falls.”
7. Atwood is writing a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. In November 2018, Atwood confirmed on Twitter that she’s penning The Testaments, set 15 years after Offred’s final scene in The Handmaid’s Tale book. The sequel, due September 2019, will be narrated by three female characters. “Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book,” Atwood revealed in the Twitter video. “Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.”
This post will be updated as more season three information is available.