If anything became clear during the fourth season of The Handmaid’s Tale it’s that its protagonist, June (Elisabeth Moss), doesn’t want to forget the abuse she suffered during her forced stay in Gilead or forgive her cruel captors. As we have seen in the fifth season trailerher thirst for revenge will continue to be the engine that drives her forward, but to achieve her goal, she will have to face, once again, her main enemy, who seems to have gained even more power.
Hulu released this Thursday the first trailer for the fifth season of the series based on the dystopian world created by Margaret Atwood and in this screenshot of what’s to come it was shown that finally June and Serena ( Yvonne Strahovski) will be the ones to bear the brunt of ending a war that seems to be getting bloodier and bloodier. The two women, who have faced each other since the first chapter of the series and who have also known how to ally when it suited them, have become the main references of two camps which do not want to coexist.
In the epic season four finale, June murdered Serena’s husband, Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes), but she still had some issues to deal with. In the trailer, she is heard telling her husband Luke, (OT Fagbenle) “Gilead is pulling me back,” while footage of her lover, Nick (Max Minghella), one of her main allies during his stay, are shown on the screen to Gilead, the father of his second daughter, Nichole, and current commander of the regime.
Of course, her romantic interest in Fred and Serena’s former driver isn’t just one of the things that makes her think of Gilead. “I want her to know it was me,” June says as she watches Serena play the grieving widow to perfection. “She knows the world is watching,” he says. And it’s true: the image of her enemy, dressed in black and with a veil covering her suitably afflicted face, is reproduced on giant screens.
“She can’t get to you, so you have to forget about her,” Luke -who can be seen behind bars in one of the scenes- tells her, but he can’t convince her. The trailer ends by making it clear that just like June doesn’t want to give up on her quest for revenge, Gilead doesn’t want to ignore Fred’s murder or any of his actions. “Do you wanna fight? Let’s fight,” June says at the end, as Christina Aguilera’s “Fighter” plays.
At the beginning of May, Moss took part as a guest of The Drew Barrymore Show and assured that the tapings of the new episodes were “halfway done” and, at the hostess’ insistence on knowing a few details of what’s to come, he said, “I would say it’s a really big season , with a lot of production. We’ve been on location a lot, we record very little in the studio and that means to us that it’s very important. And we’re constantly on the road, in many different places.
“June’s journey is great, the other characters’ journeys are great,” he later added. “And June grapples with, ‘What does freedom really mean?’ “Can she really be free? and ‘Where do I put my anger?’ “, he finally underlined.
What we know is that one of the cast members will no longer be in the game. Alexis Bledel, who has played key character Emily on the Hulu drama since season one, said in a statement that she will no longer be part of the show’s cast. “After thinking about it a lot, I felt I had to walk away The Handmaid’s Tale right now,” he revealed. She added, “I will be forever grateful to Bruce Miller for writing such truthful and resonant scenes for Emily, and to Hulu, MGM, the cast and crew for their support.”
For her participation in the series, Bledel received four nominations and won an Emmy Award statuette.
Her character, Emily, is one of the main characters in the story and one of the few to star exclusively in episodes. Throughout the four seasons, the writers have revealed aspects of her life before the founding of the State of Gilead and described her story, first as a rebellious and cunning servant, then as a key figure in the flight and the subsequent arrival of little Nichole in Canada.
The fifth season of The Handmaid’s Tale It will open in the United States on September 14. In Argentina, the series is available on Paramount+ and the premiere date has not yet been announced.