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The Handmaid's Tale starring Elizabeth Moss: What's Season 2 all about? #book2movies [trailer]

Elizabeth Moss in The Handmaid’s Tale/Season 2

In anticipation of The Handmaid’s Tale 2nd season coming back to Hulu on Wednesday, April 25th, the streaming service recently hosted a screening and Q&A.  The new season veers into places Margaret Atwood’s novel never took us, while the characters and their stories seem very much in line with Atwood’s vision.

About the new season:

 “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. ‘Gilead is within you’ is a favorite saying of Aunt Lydia. In Season Two, Offred and all our characters will fight against — or succumb to — this dark truth.”
While Elizabeth Moss wasn’t in attendance, I gleaned some intriguing comments via Vanity Fair and a couple of the actors who were.

One-eyed Janine, played by Madeline Brewer, is banished to the Colonies for a life of hard labor in The Handmaid’s Tale, Season 2.

 “The first season was a lot about Janine taking herself out of reality and out of her present situation, and in the second season she’s just grateful to be on Earth,” explained Brewer. “There’s a little bit more of her finding her own personality within the guidelines of Gilead. There’s so much more to her than meets the eye!”~ Madeline Brewer

Moira (Samira Wiley) is comparatively happy living as a refugee in Canada.

“Moira is trying to figure out who she is now that she’s escaped Gilead. She now has all these wonderful things; she’s no longer getting raped every day, has access to health care. But on the other side, she’s in a foreign land and nothing is familiar. So she’s trying to figure out how to live as this different person.”~Samira Wiley

Series writer Bruce Miller told the audience that motherhood is one of the driving forces of the season.

“When we start the season, it is confirmed that Offred is pregnant, and the people around [her] find out. But now she is thinking about how to protect her child, Hannah, and also thinking about the future of her unborn child. It’s like a volatile chess game; all her moves are about that unborn child, and what the future will be for that child and her daughter.”

I am soooo ready! How about you? Have you watched the trailers?