The hit Hulu show The Handmaid's Tale left us with a massive cliffhanger at the end of the Season 3 finale. The show, which was renewed for a fourth season just before the finale aired, is set to start filming for the new season soon.
You probably won't see Season 4 until fall 2020.
The first three seasons of The Handmaid's Tale were released in the spring and summer, but it looks like you won't see the Season 4 premiere until the fall this time.
According to the Toronto website, the show begins filming in the town on March 3, 2020, and won't wrap up until Aug. 7, 2020. This means filming won't be over until long after we've usually seen the first episode of the new season.
Given the time it takes for the crew to finish editing and producing the show, it's likely we won't see it until fall 2020 at the earliest. Depending on how production goes, the new season might not reach Hulu until winter.
Season 4 is set to be 10 episodes long — just like the first season was, but shorter than the last two seasons have been. This is to give more focus to the main storyline the show has been developing and better flesh it out.
Did June die in the Season 3 finale?
When we last saw our heroine, she had just smuggled 50 children across the Canadian border but suffered from a gunshot wound. Her fellow Handmaidens had to carry her away, leading some to believe that was the end of our main character.
But really, the story can't go on without June — because the entire series is told by June.
"It'll always stay June's story," showrunner Bruce Miller told Harper's Bazaar. "The show is all from June’s point of view— all of it, including scenes with other people... Every single thing we see is something she either knows or would know, because she's telling us this story."
That also means that everything we know up to this point has been told to us by June, potentially giving us a case of an unreliable narrator.
"My intention is that the show will always be in June’s point of view. Part of what makes the show so scary is that limited perspective," Bruce said.
This also means that as long as the series is being told, June is safe. "June is our guide. When June dies, our guide dies, and our show dies," Bruce told Vanity Fair.
What else do we know about the new season?
While there haven't been a lot of spoilers released for the new season yet (likely because filming hasn't started), we do know that June is likely to face some massive repercussions for her actions in this new season.
"Even winning means you lose something," lead actress Elisabeth Moss told E!
While we know she can't die as a result of her rebellion, we don't know much else about the punishments June will face this season.
The cast and crew have also admitted that they don't think that Season 4 will be the last season, but they're unsure how long the series will last. Since Margaret Atwood just released The Testaments, a sequel to the book the Hulu show is based on, it's likely the show will eventually move toward bridging the 15-year gap between the two timelines.
But for now, the show is still working to do justice to the original storyline.