The Handmaid’s Tale is set to return for season three on Wednesday, June 5, with three new episodes, and subsequent shows released every Wednesday, Hulu announced at TCA today.
That means that the Emmy-winning series will not be eligible for the 2019 Primetime Awards.
“We wanted to give the show as much time as possible to maintain the quality,” Hulu SVP of Originals Craig Erwich said at TCA about the decision to delay Handmaid’s Season 3 premiere. He added that he has seen the first two episodes of the upcoming season, and they are “spectacular”.
The 13-episode third season of the drama series will follow June’s resistance to the dystopian regime of Gilead and her struggle to strike back against overwhelming odds.
Viewers can expect to see startling reunions, betrayals, and a journey to the terrifying heart of Gilead that will force all characters to take a stand, guided by one defiant prayer: “Blessed be the fight.”
A new teaser trailer for Season 3 debuted during Super Bowl LIII, and painted a bleak, fire-filled picture of Gilead. The trailer was similar in tone to Ronald Reagan’s jarring 1984 “It’s Morning in America” presidential campaign ad.
The Handmaid’s Tale comes to Hulu from MGM Television and is created, executive produced and written by Bruce Miller.
Warren Littlefield, Elisabeth Moss, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, Ilene Chaiken, Eric Tuchman and Mike Barker also serve as executive producers. MGM is the international distributor for the series.
The Handmaid’s Tale stars Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Alexis Bledel, Madeline Brewer, Ann Dowd, O-T Fagbenle, Max Minghella, Samira Wiley and Bradley Whitford.