The Handmaid Tale Season 6: Inspired by Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel of the same name, The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian American television series developed by Bruce Miller. Hulu gave the go-light to produce 10 episodes of the series in a “straight to series” order, and filming began in the latter half of 2016. The story takes place in a dystopian future following the Second American Civil War, where fertile women are enslaved as “Handmaids” under a totalitarian theocracy.
The series started on April 26, 2017, with the first three episodes; the next seven episodes were published weekly on Wednesdays. The fourth season of the show debuted on April 27, 2021, after being renewed in July 2019. Hulu and MGM revealed in September 2019 that they were working on a sequel series based on Atwood’s 2019 novel The Testaments. The show was renewed for a fifth season in December 2020, months before the launch of the fourth season, and it debuted on September 14, 2022. The show was renewed for a sixth and final season in September 2022, months before the fifth season was set to debut.
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The Handmaid Tale Season 6 Storyline
After a civil war, the totalitarian, theonomic government of Gilead takes control of the former United States in a world where reproduction rates have plummeted due to STIs and pollution. Women are mercilessly subjugated as a result of a new military, hierarchical regime of religious fanaticism, and newly constructed social strata. Women in Gilead are prohibited by law from owning property, having employment, handling money, or reading, and are instead confined to performing a narrow range of tasks, including the role of natal slave.
The new regime in Gilead has enslaved fertile women on the basis of an extreme interpretation of the biblical tale of Bilhah, which has contributed to the global infertility crisis. Lesbians (homosexuals being called “gender traitors”), non-Christians, supporters of Christian religions other than the “Sons of Jacob,” political dissidents, scholars, and women who have remarried after a divorce (termed “adulteresses”) are particularly at risk.
Women known as Handmaids are sent to the houses of the ruling class, where they are subjected to ritualized rape (known as “the ceremony”) at the hands of their male masters (“Commanders”) in front of their wives so that they can have offspring for the men. The names of the men who own handmaids are formed by adding the prefix Of- to the man’s given name. Their names are changed whenever they are transferred.
Most of society, including the Handmaids, has been divided into strata with differing levels of autonomy and obligations. There is a narrow socioeconomic stratification for women, denoted by the color of their basic clothing. A handmaid’s uniform consists of a long red dress, heavy brown boots, and a white coif or headcovering with white “wings” that are worn outside to keep them hidden and obscure their vision.
Handmaid Offred (formerly June Osborne) works for Commander Fred Waterford and his wife Serena Joy in Gilead. The Waterfords, pivotal figures in the establishment and growth of Gilead, now face the challenges that their creation entails. June was married to Luke and had Hannah before.
After committing adultery with her husband, June and her daughter attempt to escape Gilead, but are arrested and June is forced to become a Handmaid. June’s husband ran away to Canada, and she was forced to give up custody of their daughter. June’s inner metamorphosis into a somewhat darker version of her strength drives much of the plot, as does her want to be reunited with her husband and daughter.
The Handmaid Tale Season 6 Cast And Characters
American actress Elisabeth Singleton Moss. She has been called the “Queen of Peak TV” by Vulture for her work in multiple television dramas for which she has been nominated and won both Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.
Yvonne Strahovski, the whose given name is Yvonne Jaqueline Strzechowski, is an Australian actress. Two Primetime Emmy Award nominations and three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations are just a few of the many honors and accolades she has garnered for her work in dramatic television.
The Handmaid Tale Season 6 Release Date
Because of the pandemic, there was a two-year pause between seasons three and four of The Handmaid’s Tale, which is longer than the usual one-year interval between installments. With production having resumed, Season 6 might premiere as soon as the end of 2023, following the conclusion of Season 5. However, the intense focus on quality control for the last season and the sequel in the works for The Testaments could delay the premiere until early 2024.