The dystopian world of The Handmaid’s Tale has won tremendous attention. The show has successfully completed three years with positive reviews each time. Now, it is all set to come up with the fourth season of the series. The previous season was a little beyond the book’s plot. However, it left us on a cliff-hanger which will be resolved in season 4.
About The Handmaid’s Tale
The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian series on Hulu, created by Bruce Miller. It is based on a novel of the same name written by Margaret Atwood in 1985. The story is set in post Civil War world with a totalitarian regime, where the fertility rate has drastically fallen. It is caused due to environmental pollution and STDs. Consequently, Gilead strips women off their rights and brutally oppress them.
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As a result of worldwide infertility, the fertile women of Gilead as enslaved. Most importantly, those women were enslaved who were in multiple marriages, single or unmarried mothers, lesbians, non-Christians etc. Hence, they have given the name Handmaids and are assigned to elites as sex slaves. It is all done in the presence of the wives, in order to bear children for them.
In 2020 Emmy Awards, the show 13 nominations and won Outstanding Production Design. Also, the Hulu series has won Emmys every year since its release. It is the first show by Hulu to have won big awards such as Emmy and Golden Globes for Best Drama series.
Release Date of The Handmaid’s Tale season 4
The first season of The Handmaid’s Tale was released in 2017 and has completed three years. Recently, the show has been renewed for the fourth season. The news was shared on the social media handles of The Handmaid’s Tale. Also, the production work for the show has been started. The Handmaid’s Tale season 4 is scheduled to be released in 2021.
Controversy around The Handmaid’s Tale
The Hulu’s original series ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ has been in talks ever since its release. There have been debates around whether the show relates to the real world. Certainly, some people say that the depiction of a dystopian world is today’s reality. On the other hand, some believe that The Handmaid’s Tale is a work of fiction and should be left to that only.
However, this discussion keeps ongoing and will always be there. The show deals with sensitive issues and tends to hurt sentiments of those who don’t agree. In addition, the show has always been given a political angle to it. Therefore, The Handmaid’s Tale has always been a controversial topic.
Recently, a debate erupted on twitter when Fox news commented on the show, calling it baseless for a political debate.
These events are the result of U.S. Supreme Court candidate’s links with the religious group called People of Praise, which teaches that men have authority over their wives. People believe she is not the right replacement for RBG. It has already become a topic of debate between Democrats and Republicans in the U.S.A. Therefore, Amy Cohen Barrett has been targeted by media for her views on abortion. In fact, one of the news articles was headlined, “This is Amy Coney Barrett, the Potential RBG Replacement Who Hates Your Uterus”.
Cast of The Handmaid’s Tale
According to the reports, Mckenna Grace has joined ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ season 4. She will play the role of Mrs Keyes, an intelligent teen wife of an elder Commander. She is calm from outside, but aggressive inside.
Other than that, the cast includes:
- Elisabeth Moss as Offred
- Amanda Brugel as Rita
- Madeline Brewer as Janine Lindo
- Max Minghella as Nick Blaine
- Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy Waterford
- Joseph Fiennes as Fred Waterford
- Samira Wiley as Moira Strand
- Nina Kiri as Alma24
- O-T Fagbenle as Luke Bankole
- Bahia Watson as Brianna
- Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia