Securing eight primetime Emmy awards in the very first season itself The Handmaid’s Tale is the most talked-about show. An American dystopian drama web series created by Bruce Miller is pure perfection. It is based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood, a Candian author.
The plot features a structure where women have no rights following a Second American Civil War. A totalitarian society subjects fertile women, also called Handmaids, into child-bearing slavery.
From ritualised rape to no rights and being mere child bearers, The Handmaid’s Tale has everything. It’s haunting, brutal, and incredibly suspenseful.
The Spark Of Revolution Against Trump
Back in 2016, Donald Trump won the elections, and around the same time, The Handmaid’s Tale was in the making. In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, showrunner Bruce Miller said: “It was horrible for the world but great for me.”
The Handmaid’s Tale had to be relevant anyway. (After all, Margaret Atwood revealed she based the story on historical and real circumstances of women around the world.) But Donald Trump’s election undeniably helped the show to reach an all-new height of popularity.
Since its debut, all the way back in 2017, audiences have been able to draw terrifying parallels. These are between the show’s portrayal of Gilead (a theocratic regime whose continued existence depends upon being able to force women to surrender everything, including control over their bodies) to America’s current division in Politics.
Release Of Season Four
Season 4 is confirmed and will probably release this summer, most likely in early to mid-June. The showrunner, Bruce Miller, also confirmed that season 4 would have a total of ten episodes. Unlike season two or three, which had thirteen episodes each. This decision, however, is 100% creative. In the same interview, Bruce also revealed: “some storylines just seem to shake out as a ten-episode story.”
Can’t wait for season 4!