The Handmaid’s Tale season 5 : Gilead is a sad, terrible place to visit in the most ideal of times, which is why we’re thrilled to give the fans from The Handmaid’s Tale an exciting news that the show will be officially back for the fifth season! Prior to when season 4 started the cast had confirmed the show’s renewed status in December 2020.
Talking to The Hollywood Reporter ,showrunner Bruce Miller stated: “We are thrilled to continue telling these stories with our amazing crew and cast. We we can’t wait to return in the air with season four next year.”
It’s now it has been confirmed that season six is being developed which means there’s more of a dark, tragic future in the story.
However, that’s not a problem for the future. While we wait let’s take a close look at what’s to come to come in The Handmaid’s Tale season five.
The Handmaid’s Tale season 5 release date: When will it air?
Blessed be! We have finally got an officially confirmed release date for season five.
The new season started on Hulu on September 14 2022, with a two-part premiere episode. That’s the US release, obviously – no UK date has been announced yet, but it will follow shortly after on Channel 4, as with previous seasons.
Hulu also provided a short synposis of what to expect: “June faces consequences for killing Commander Waterford while struggling to redefine her identity and purpose.
“The widowed Serena attempts to raise her profile in Toronto as Gilead’s influence creeps into Canada. Commander Lawrence works with Aunt Lydia as he tries to reform Gilead and rise in power. June, Luke and Moira fight Gilead from a distance as they continue their mission to save and reunite with Hannah.”
The show filmed in its regular location of Ontario, Canada from February 2022.
A filming notice for the Brantford area noted a show with the title Ruby Road was shooting in the area from mid-February through to mid-March. It’s believed that Ruby Road is the production name of The Handmaid’s Tale (ruby red like the Handmaids’ cloaks… get it?)
Brantford is one of the many locations around the Ontario area the show has used in the past, with a secondary notice adding filming would take place on a number of streets, as well as at a private residence. For the neighbours, they promised to keep the noise down (at least during the evenings).
The Handmaid’s Tale season 5 cast: Who will be in it?
Gilead is not exactly the safest place to be, and even though June has now escaped to Canada, that doesn’t mean every character is suddenly protected from harm.
But assuming that most of the major players do return, it looks like the following will all appear in The Handmaid’s Tale season five:
• Elisabeth Moss as June Osborne
• Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy Waterford
• Madeline Brewer as Janine
• Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia
• O-T Fagbenle as Luke
• Max Minghella as Nick
• Samira Wiley as Moira
• Bradley Whitford as Commander Lawrence
• Amanda Brugel as Rita
Added to the Handmaid roster is Hawaii Five-0 star Christine Ko.
Christine Ko – who also stars in the comedy series Dave – will be taking on the recurring role of Lily. No doubt Lily is set to add to the tension of the show as she’s been described as “a gritty, resourceful Gilead refugee who is now a leader in the resistance movement.”
New Amsterdam’s Genevieve Angelson has also been cast in the recurring role, a villainous newcomer called Mrs Wheeler who is something of a Serena Joy Waterford acolyte. She’s also being the driving force behind Gilead’s rise in Toronto.
Angelson announced her involvement earlier this month, writing “Blessed be the project reveal” next to a shot of herself in costume.
“I am tempted to say that, in reality, there are no villains,” Angelson later explained to TVLine. “And while Serena is ‘the bad guy’ on the show, Serena also is coming up with very painful solutions to a very painful problem. She’s going to drastic ends.