The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 enters uncharted territory in its second season and promises more hardship and drama, according to Elisabeth Moss.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 returns with more gripping drams. With the story moving on from Margaret Atwood’s best-selling book, where do things go from here?
Last season’s gripping portrayal of life in a weird dystopian world left us seeing Offred/June stepping into a van, unsure if she was on her way to freedom or heading into more danger.
Ahead of its April 25 premiere, Emmy-award winning actress Elisabeth Moss dishes on what we can expect from her character and what’s to come.
“For me, so much of what I’m trying to do with season 2 was to really move June to the voice in the voice-overs. The June that’s narrating isn’t the June we see in the flashbacks. She’s someone who has been to Gilead,” she told Entertainment Weekly. She starts to speak up more in season 2. She’s badass and vocal and she’s not as good at keeping her mouth shut. She gets crushed and reborn a couple of times this season. Also, she finds the strength she never knew she had and rises like a phoenix. All season long she’s finding her own form of resistance.”
What’s in store for The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2?
According to The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 official synopsis, the story will focus on Offred’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. Gilead is within you’ is a favorite saying of Aunt Lydia. In season two, Offred and all our characters will fight against – or succumb to – this dark truth.
[We] start raising the question more and more of, why are you doing this?
Don’t you see how you’re standing in solidarity with the oppression by not standing up for these women?” —Elisabeth Moss
Even though season 2 will focus on new story elements, Moss says it’s still Atwood’s world. “It’s a mix of new things and it’s also a mix of things from the book that we haven’t done yet,” Moss tells the Sydney Morning Herald. “So even though we are moving past the book in a certain way, there are things that we never did. There’s things that I feel like we’re still taking from the book.”
In the spirit of the #MeToo movement, Moss also says that Season 2 is even more relevant and thought-provoking. “I think the hardest, saddest thing about season one for me and Yvonne [Strahovski, who plays Serena] was Serena not having solidarity with Offred or with any of the handmaids,” she says. “Any scene where I got to play [that], just not understanding how she could turn her back on her fellow women, was always very moving for me and for her. Without spoiling anything, we do get into that more in season 2. [We] start raising the question more and more of, why are you doing this? Don’t you see how you’re standing in solidarity with the oppression by not standing up for these women?”
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 premieres on April 25 on Hulu and April 29 on Bravo.