Here’s what to expect from Season 5 of The Handmaid’s Tale, with a likely release date and a plot summary. The Handmaid’s Tale season 4 premiered on Hulu in April 2021, after an almost two-year delay. It’s provided some of the show’s biggest shocks and most surprising developments so far over the course of its season.
June’s escape to Canada is one of them. It’s been a long time coming, but it looked like it would never happen. June’s operations from north of the border should continue to affect The Handmaid’s Tale in season 5 and beyond, and it’s a twist that has turned the series on its head, as fans now focus on that plotline rather than Gilead. Similarly, most of the other characters in Season 4 saw significant changes, particularly the Waterfords, who were put on trial in Canada, and these changes are expected to carry over into Season 5.
Season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale was delayed greatly due to the coronavirus outbreak, with an almost two-year gap between the end of season 3 and the start of season 4. Season 5 of The Handmaid’s Tale should be easier to produce now that the limitations have been lifted.
Assuming that filming can begin in late-2021, The Handmaid’s Tale might debut in April 2022, since Spring is the favoured time for release, or at the very least in Summer 2022, as season 3 premiered in June.
Season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale saw some of the most dramatic change in the status quo in the show’s history, with June escape to Canada and the Waterfords agreeing to work with Canada against Gilead. Along with those, Aunt Lydia’s future working for (or against) Gilead, as well as Commander Lawrence’s genuine motivations, were questioned.
All of this should be continued in season 5 of The Handmaid’s Tale, which will be able to better explore the consequences from Fred and Serena Joy’s decision, as well as June’s reunion with Luke and Nichole. Hannah’s destiny will almost certainly be a major plot point, as will the possibility of a show based on The Testaments and, of course, Gilead’s eventual fall.