The 13-episode second season airs on Hulu on April 25, which gives us roughly six weeks before we pick up where we left off with handmaids June (Elizabeth Moss), Moira (Samira Wiley), brooding Eye Nick (Max Minghella), sadistic Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd), Commander Fred (Jo Fiennes) and more agents and prisoners of Gilead. We can’t wait.
What do we know?
Being that it’s a teaser, it doesn’t tell us much. Elisabeth Moss narrates “Wear the wings, shut your mouth, be a good girl, roll over and spread your legs, yes ma’am, let the Lord open” over closeups of Aunt Lydia’s mean mug, Moira with tears streaming down her face, Serena Joy slapping a Martha, Janine righteously chopping wood — you get the idea. A fluttering red cape, edges burning, provides the most foreboding image. The clip ends with a bloodied Offred and Moss’s voice-over, “Seriously? What the actual f-k”
We know that Season 2 will bring darker days.
Moss told Variety that reading the script gave her “full body chills.” And Margaret Atwood has taken the reins, writing-wise, this season, continuing the world where her book left off. No word yet if she’ll make a cameo.
Season 1 ended on a cliffhanger, with June pregnant, departing the compound with Nick in a black van, to unknown ends. We don’t know whose baby she’s carrying, or where they’re going, but Nick tells her, “Just go with it, trust me.” Meanwhile, Moira has taken shelter at refugee camp in Canada, and Alexis Bledel’s Offglen has been banished to the Colonies, where bad handmaids are sent to work themselves to death.
We’re raring to see the handmaids carry out a triumphant rebellion. And also hoping for a second round of steamy scenes between Nick — who is suspiciously absent from the teaser? — and June.
Blessed be the fruit!