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The Handmaid’s Tale trailer: Season 2 is even darker than the first. If that was even possible

The trailer for the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale is out. Watch it here.

tv Updated: Jan 15, 2018 13:59 IST
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Elisabeth Moss in the trailer for The Handmaid’s Tale.(HULU)

After sharing the first pictures from season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale late last week, Hulu has finally shared the first trailer. The minute-long video has no dialogues, just gorgeous but harrowing snippets from the season.

It opens to Janine working in the colonies, being punished for trying to commit suicide with her baby in the previous season. June is also seen with a gag in her mouth, which could be for revolting against Gilead.

There’s Fred Waterford crawling up creepily behind an afraid man and Serena Joy gloomily sitting on a window sill, lamenting the loss of ‘her’ child. More visually stunning scenes show the handmaids coming together in rebellion, running through fields and lurking around powerful men. The final scene from the trailer shows June burning her red handmaid’s dress.

Watch it here:

The drama series based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel begins with Elisabeth Moss’ character on the run when it returns April 25. Offred, also known as June, is a pregnant “handmaid,” one of the few used to breed children in an alternate, dystopian world where many women are infertile.

Moss said she and series creator-executive producer Bruce Miller often discussed “this child growing inside her as a bit of a ticking time bomb,” one destined to be born in tragic circumstances.

“When she does have the baby, the baby gets taken away from her. She can’t be its mother,” Moss said told TV critics Sunday. “It makes for good drama.”

Season two also visits the colonies that are mentioned in Atwood’s 1985 book but not depicted, executive producer Warren Littlefield said. A bigger production budget helped the series venture afield.

MGM Television and Hulu “embraced that we were ambitious. We’re still in a world of television, it’s a pretty controlled budget,” Littlefield said. He didn’t offer specific figures.

Broadening the story doesn’t mean the series will desert its source material, Miller said.

“I don’t think anything we do is post-Atwood,” he said. “It’s an expansion of that world. I certainly don’t think we’re going beyond the story that she was telling. She remains the mother of the series.”

The Handmaid’s Tale is a landmark program for relatively new Hulu, drawing critical acclaim, an armload of 2017 Emmys and, earlier this month, a best series Golden Globe and best-actress trophy for Moss. Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei guest stars in episode two, the producers said.

They were effusive with praise for Moss when asked why the former Mad Men star was right for the role of Offred.

She’s talented, professional, has an “amazing work ethic” and an extraordinary relationship with the camera, the producers said.

A smiling Moss called the Television Critics Association panel discussion her favourite yet.

(With inputs from AP)

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First Published: Jan 15, 2018 13:29 IST