The Handmaid’s Tale has been renewed for a third series

Hulu's hit dystopian show starring Elisabeth Moss and based on Margaret Atwood's tale will be back for a third run

Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu trailer screenshot, EH)

Hulu is renewing its critically acclaimed hit The Handmaid’s Tale for a third season, a week after the show’s second series premiered on the streaming giant.

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The drama, based of Margaret Atwood’s bestselling novel of the same name, has been both a commercial and critical success, taking home both Emmy and Golden Globe awards.

The news follows Hulu’s announcement that they have signed the show’s Emmy-winning creator and showrunner Bruce Miller in an overall deal to develop new projects with the streaming service, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The second season of The Handmaid’s Tale sees a return to Gilead, where a pregnant June (Elisabeth Moss, who won an Emmy for her lead role) continues her attempts to escape to Canada, and to rescue her young daughter, Hannah, who’s in the care of the authoritarian state.

We also see Alexis Bledel return as a series regular, following her stand-out and Emmy-winning performance in the show’s first run. This time around Ofglen/Emily has been banished to “The Colonies”, a toxic-wasteland where she’s essentially condemned to a slow death. Flashbacks to her former life as a successful professor with a wife and small child are cruelly interspersed.

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This article was originally published on 3 May 2018