What will happen in season 5 of The Handmaids Tale?
Per the first look images from Hulu, it appears June (Elizabeth Moss) is ready to come out fighting in season five after orchestrating the death of the commander.
Hulu also released a written teaser for the show, explaining that season five will see June "face consequences for killing Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) while struggling to redefine her identity and purpose."
Meanwhile, the commander's wife Serena (Yvonne Strahovski) is seen in the first look in a black funeral outfit—though she doesn't look devastated, per se.
According to Hulu, Serena will attempt to "raise her profile in Toronto as Gilead's influence creeps into Canada".
What have the cast and crew said about season 5?
Back in 2020, the cast announced that season 5 of the hit show had the green light with an Instagram video filled with Handmaid's 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.
"The cast has a special message for you," the official Instagram account said.
"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.
When will season 5 be released and where can you watch it in Australia?
Season five is set to drop on September 14 in the US, and will be available to view on SBS and On Demand.
In the meantime, you can rejig your memory on season 4 on SBS here.