Ready to spend more time in Gilead? You’re in luck! The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3 is here.
Hulu’s annoucement of The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3 announcement came just following the premiere of The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2. The drama, based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel of the same name (which is getting a sequel!), is easily Hulu’s most-celebrated original drama thus far.
The Handmaid’s Tale follows Moss’ character Offred in a dystopian future following a Second American Civil War in which women, called Handmaids, are forced into sexual and child-bearing servitude. In the first season, we meet Offred (aka June Osborne) who has been placed int he home of Commander Fred Waterford and his wife Serena Joy as their Handmaid.
You can read our full (and completely spoiler free) review of The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3 here. Check out the trailer for the next, all new episode…
Den of Geek’s Delia Harrington sat down with the cast of Handmaid’s Tale Season 3. Check out her interviews here…
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3 Episode Guide
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The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3, Episode 1: Night
June embarks on a bold mission that has unexpected consequences; Emily and Nichole have a harrowing journey; the Waterfords reckon with Serena Joy’s choice to send Nichole away.
Original airdate: 6/5/19
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3, Episode 2: Mary and Martha
“June helps Martha with a dangerous task while navigating a relationship with her pious, untrustworthy new walking partner; Emily and Luke struggle with their altered circumstances.”
Original airdate: 6/5/19
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3, Episode 3: Useful
“June navigates a meeting during which she must face both Cmdr. Waterford and Nick; Serena Joy tries to recuperate at her mother’s home; Lawrence teaches June a hard lesson about the difficult decisions he makes as a commander.”
Original airdate: 6/5/19
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3, Episode 4: God Bless the Child
“June negotiates a truce in the Waterfords? relationship; Aunt Lydia offers a brutal public punishment.”
Original airdate: 6/12/19
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3, Episode 5: Unknown Caller
“June and Serena grapple with a new revelation about Nichole, leading to an incident that could have far-reaching ramifications.”
Original airdate: 6/19/19
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3, Episode 6: Household
“June and Serena grapple with a new revelation about Nichole, leading to an incident that will have far-reaching ramifications.”
Original airdate: 6/26/19
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3, Episode 7: Under His Eye
“June escalates her risky efforts to find Hannah; Emily faces her past crimes as the ongoing international diplomatic crisis becomes more complicated; Serena and Fred contemplate their future in Washington.”
Original airdate: 7/3/19
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3, Episode 8: Unfit
“June and the rest of the Handmaids shun Ofmatthew, and both are pushed to their limits at the hands of Aunt Lydia, who reflects on her life and relationships before the rise of Gilead.”
Original airdate: 7/10/19
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3, Episode 9: Heroic
June’s sanity starts to fray when she is confined in a hospital; an encounter with Serena Joy forces June to reassess her recent actions.
Original airdate: 7/17/19
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3, Episode 10: Witness
June has to deal with a devious ploy on the part of Commander Waterford.
Original airdate: 7/24/19
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3, Episode 11: Liars
A return to Jezebels puts everything in jeopardy; June is forced to trust Commander Lawrence; Serena Joy and Commander Waterford try to make a trip incognito.
Original airdate: 7/31/19
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3, Episode 12: Sacrifice
Losses among their own rocks Gilead’s leadership; Luke and Moira adjust to new arrivals in Canada; June worries about disruptions to her plan, only to have tragedy strike the entire household.
Original airdate: 8/7/19
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3 Trailer
Watch the trailer for The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 right here.
You can also check out the first trailer below.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3 Cast
Christopher Meloni (Happy!, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Elizabeth Reaser (The Haunting of Hill House) will be guest starring in Handmaid’s Tale Season 3!
Meloni will play Commander Winslow, “a powerful and magnetic Commander who hosts the Waterfords on an important trip.” Reaser will play Mrs. Winslow, “Commander Winslow’s wife, who becomes a friend and inspiration to Serena Joy.”
Warning: Major spoilers for the Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 finale… Read at your own risk!
The fate of Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd), who was stabbed in the Season 2 finale. Executive producer Warren Littlefield revealed in a recent interview with EW that Aunt Lydia will be back for Season 3.
“The first thing we said [to Ann] is, ‘You’re not dead, but it’s going to be a pretty brutal scene,'” Littlefield said. “She was completely up for it.”
There were different choices of how we shot that, that could have indicated that there was absolutely nothing, no signs of life. But you do see it at the foot of the stairs, that there are signs of life. Is there great risk? Absolutely. But yeah, again, I think I may have done a big spoiler here. Aunt Lydia is such a powerful and important part of this world and this show. But we fear for her life, and it is absolutely life-threatening. And that’s where we leave her, in a life-threatening situation.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3 Release Date
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3 began on Wednesday, June 5 with three new episodes immediately available. Then the show will continue its usual once-a-week schedule for the rest of the season. The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3 will contain 13 episodes.
Hulu’s Senior Vice President of Originals, Craig Erwich said at his 2019 TCA winter press tour executive session that the move to June wasn’t about avoiding Game of Thrones in April. “We wanted to give the show as much time as possible to maintain the quality it has. I’ve had the chance to see the first two episodes and they’re spectacular,” he said.