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The Handmaid's Tale

  • 2018
  • Season 2
  • 13 episodes
  • Drama

Summary

The Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning drama series returns with a second season shaped by 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.

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Episode 1: June

Summary

Dystopian drama based on Margaret Atwood's novel. Offred reckons with the consequences of a dangerous decision while haunted by memories from her past and the violent beginnings of Gilead.

Review

Blessed be the fruit... The cautionary tale returns for a second season, plunging us back into the puritan gloom of Gilead, a barren, near-future America that enslaves women and rules by religious diktat.

The first series struck a chord with viewers, not least in a liberal America that was recoiling from a new regime in the White House. Now, the story departs from the narrative in Margaret Atwood’s novel and goes its own way. What it doesn’t do is go easy on us.

From the start there are scenes so traumatic they’ll send you mentally scurrying for shelter, as regime enforcer Aunt Lydia punishes her “girls” for refusing to partake in a stoning. It’s frequently horrific but, through it all, Elisabeth Moss’s muted, humane performance as heroine June (known as Offred) gives us something to cling on to.


How to watch

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There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming providers below.

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Credits

Cast

rolename
OffredElisabeth Moss
The CommanderJoseph Fiennes
Serena JoyYvonne Strahovski
Aunt LydiaAnn Dowd
LukeO-T Fagbenle
NickMax Minghella

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  • Episode 1

    June

    Summary

    Dystopian drama based on Margaret Atwood's novel. Offred reckons with the consequences of a dangerous decision while haunted by memories from her past and the violent beginnings of Gilead.

    Review

    Blessed be the fruit... The cautionary tale returns for a second season, plunging us back into the puritan gloom of Gilead, a barren, near-future America that enslaves women and rules by religious diktat.

    The first series struck a chord with viewers, not least in a liberal America that was recoiling from a new regime in the White House. Now, the story departs from the narrative in Margaret Atwood’s novel and goes its own way. What it doesn’t do is go easy on us.

    From the start there are scenes so traumatic they’ll send you mentally scurrying for shelter, as regime enforcer Aunt Lydia punishes her “girls” for refusing to partake in a stoning. It’s frequently horrific but, through it all, Elisabeth Moss’s muted, humane performance as heroine June (known as Offred) gives us something to cling on to.


    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming providers below.

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    OffredElisabeth Moss
    The CommanderJoseph Fiennes
    Serena JoyYvonne Strahovski
    Aunt LydiaAnn Dowd
    LukeO-T Fagbenle
    NickMax Minghella

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