Season 1 of The Handmaid’s Tale left viewers in total suspense, with a final shot of Offred gliding away from the camera and into the darkness of a van promising an unknown future. Season 2’s April premiere is still far away, but new photos released by Hulu show off more of the show’s gorgeous cinematography, finding vibrant beauty in the bleakest of worlds.
If anyone wondered why Handmaid’s Tale has been sweeping at every awards show — taking home almost everything it was nominated for at the Emmys, Golden Globes, and Critics’ Choice awards — then here’s definitive proof that you need to pay attention to this show.
Details on the plot for the upcoming season are hard to predict, since we’re in largely uncharted territory when it comes to Margaret Atwood’s original source material. But we can glean a few things, with the new photos depicting imagery that feels both new and hauntingly familiar.
One reveals what we can only assume are “The Colonies” often referenced to in Season 1, as the horrible place that troublemakers in Gilead’s society get taken. What happens in “The Colonies?” Even the citizen’s of Gilead only have rumors, so we’ll have to wait and see.
Elizabeth Moss’ Offred (or June) — who ended the last season discovering she was pregnant — can be seen giving a steely look while covered in blood. Judging from all of last season’s cutaways to sharp objects and Offred’s growing need for violence, we imagine she’ll only become more radicalized in Season 2.
Another shot shows a line of women that appear much like the Handmaids, but dressed in black garb and red masks that cover their face — a stark contrast to the strict red and white dress code that previously signified their status in Gilead’s society.
Well, leave it to Handmaid’s Tale to speak volumes with only a few powerful, poignant images. Consider us loyal soldiers of the Handmaid Army, waiting at the ready to join the May Day rebellion the minute Season 2 hits Hulu on April 26.