The Handmaid’s Tale drops the first three episodes of season four early
Fans of The Handmaid’s Tale get their next dose of the dystopian drama a little early.
The Elizabeth Moss-fronted Hulu series released the first three episodes of season four on Tuesday at 6 p.m. PT, six hours ahead of schedule.
Castmates Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Alexis Bledel, Anne Dowd, Bradley Whitford and more came together to announce the news Tuesday afternoon with a quick video montage.
Early: Fans of The Handmaid’s Tale will have access to the first three episodes of season four, prior to its release on Wednesday
The first two episodes, Pigs and Nightshade, were directed by Emmy winner Colin Watkinson, while Moss juggled acting and directing in the third episode, The Crossing. (She also directed two episodes later in the season.)
Subsequent episodes of the 10-part season will be broadcast weekly on Fridays.
Fans have been waiting patiently for the return of the series, which is inspired by Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name.
The season three finale aired in August 2019.
Season four began production in March 2020, but had to be shut down a few weeks later due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Shooting resumed in September 2020 with a strict health protocol.
Patience: The season three finale came out in August 2019, which would leave audiences eager to watch the next season
The Handmaid’s Tale is set in a post-WWII world where much of the US is now part of Gilead’s authoritarian society.
As the world faces dangerously low birth rates, women of childbearing potential are enslaved as “handmaids,” with the task of giving birth to the children of society’s elite.
Throughout the seasons, Moss’s character June Osbourne has shown a penchant for rebellion, a quality that has put her life in jeopardy time and again.
The Mad Men star made during an interview with TVLine in July 2020 to tell fans why she’s here to stay.
“It’s funny because sometimes people say to me,” How is she still alive? ” She has committed the worst atrocities of all the handmaids, and yet somehow she survived. ‘
“And my answer is usually,” Yes, because … I’m the protagonist of the show. They won’t have me on the show. So that’s why I keep surviving. ”
Dystopia: The Handmaid’s Tale is set in a world after America’s second Civil War, where much of the US is now part of Gilead’s authoritarian society