Warning: Spoilers for Season 4 of The Handmaid's Tale are ahead.
The Season 4 finale of The Handmaid's Tale dropped on Hulu on June 16, 2021, leaving fans of the dystopian drama series reeling. What will happen to June after she (and a group of other women who were part of the resistance) brutally murdered him? Will Hannah ever be rescued from Gilead? Is there still hope for Nick and June? There are still so many unanswered questions.
Naturally, viewers have been curious: What's in store for Season 5 of The Handmaid's Tale? Let's take a closer look at what we know so far.
Will there be a Season 5 of 'The Handmaid's Tale'?
Season 5 of The Handmaid's Tale was officially greenlit in December 2020, ahead of the Season 4 premiere. So fans have already known for quite some time that there would be a fifth Season. And there's evidence that suggests The Handmaid's Tale could continue long after that — especially considering the events in Margaret Atwood's sequel The Testaments.
“I certainly am fascinated by what happens in The Testaments, and that is going to be part of our future — that’s a bigger question,” showrunner Bruce Miller told The Hollywood Reporter in February 2021. “Every time I come upon a season, I don’t know what we’re going to do. And every time we get to the end, I’m thrilled and feel like we could go on forever and ever. I’m so excited by how crazy the [season four] story is. As long as Lizzy [Moss] will do this with me, I’ll keep going.”
When is the premiere date for Season 5 of 'The Handmaid's Tale'?
On June 13, 2022, a premiere date for Season 5 of The Handmaid's Tale was announced. "Season 5 arrives September 14," read a Facebook post featuring two photos — one of a sinister looking June and another of an eerie Serena Joy dressed in all black at (presumably) Fred's funeral.
The 'Handmaid's Tale' Season 5 trailer teased what's in store for June.
Fans got another glimpse into Season 5 of The Handmaid's Tale when a teaser trailer dropped on July 14. From the looks of it, Serena finds herself back in Gilead for Fred's funeral. "I want her to know that it was me," June says. "The grieving wife ... She knows the world is watching."
Unfortunately, it looks like Fred has become something of a martyr in his death. And the sympathy/support for Serena is rising. "The handmaid killing her commander — Gilead is not going to let that stand," U.S. representative Mark Tuello warns June in the trailer.
Things don't look promising for June and Luke, either, as they're briefly shown behind bars. "You want a fight?" June declares. "Let's fight."
What does it all mean?!
As satisfying as it was to witness Fred Waterford finally get what was coming to him, what does this mean for June's future? And what will Serena Joy do now? Not to mention, what will become of Janine and Esther back at the Red Center?
On Aug. 24, Hulu dropped the full trailer for Season 17. This allowed fans to gain a better understanding of what's to come.
"He was a monster — the founding father of Gilead," June says of Fred. "He took away our country. He had to pay for what he did ... I killed him, and I loved it so much."
From the looks of it, Serena will use Fred as a martyr in an attempt to make June pay for murdering him. It also seems June and her supporters will be heading back to Gilead on a mission — possibly to bring her and Luke's daughter, Hannah, home.
Honestly, we can't wait to see what happens!
Seasons 1–4 of The Handmaid's Tale are available for streaming on Hulu. Season 5 premieres on Sept. 14, 2022.