In an Instagram video filled with Handmaids cast members, including Elisabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel, Joseph Fiennes, Max Minghella, Samira Wiley, Ann Dowd, Bradley Whitford, Madeline Brewer, Yvonne Strahovski, O. T. Fagbenle, Amanda Brugel, and Sam Jaeger, it was announced that The Handmaid's Tale has officially been renewed for a fifth season on Hulu.
The caption explained, "✨The cast has a special message for you ✨Season 4 returns in 2021 …oh and praise be, we’ve also been renewed for Season 5! #HandmaidsTale."
"It's my privilege and honour to tell this story. ... It's going to be a wild ride."
Creator and showrunner Bruce Miller said, via The Hollywood Reporter, "We’re very grateful to Hulu and MGM that the show will be returning for a fifth season, and especially to our loyal fans for their support ... We are thrilled to be able to continue to tell these stories, with our incredible cast and crew, and can’t wait to be back on the air with season four next year."
The series is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood, set in Gilead, a totalitarian society in what used to be part of the United States.
Hulu announced that the next season of Handmaid's will arrive in 2021, although an official release date is yet to be formally confirmed. The streaming service also shared a teaser that includes tense action scenes from the previous season, plus some clips of what lies ahead.
Scaling back from the 13-episode length of previous seasons, season four will reportedly consist of only 10 episodes, just like season one. "Some storylines just seem to shake out as a 10-episode story, in my eyes," showrunner Bruce Miller told IndieWire in January 2020.
The structure will allow the show to give ample time to delve into a smaller part of the story, as multiple arcs won't be used this season, the outlet reported. "I feel like it gives us a little more freedom because you can rely more on one propulsive element," Miller added.
Stay tuned for more updates!