The Handmaid’s Tale season 5: Showrunner admits he can’t see the show end anytime soon

The Handmaid's Tale: Trailer for fourth series released

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After months of waiting, fans of The Handmaid’s Tale can finally rejoice following the announcement this week that season four of the hit Hulu show will arrive sooner than expected. The first few episodes are scheduled to drop on April 28, with the announcement and first trailer coming the same week that the cast and crew wrapped filming. However, despite all the difficulties they faced filming this new season, showrunner Bruce Miller has said they are not going to stop anytime soon. 

In a recent panel promoting the show, he quipped: “As long as Lizzie will do this with me, I’ll keep going.”

“There’s a lot of life in this story. I‘m certainly fascinated by what happens in the Testaments and if that’s going to be part of our future, that’s a bigger question.”

The team behind The Handmaid’s Tale already acquired the rights to Margaret Atwood’s sequel novel with the plan to adapt it into a spin-off series.

The many challenges they faced while filming the latest season will not be a deterrent to keep the show going. 

Like its main character June Osbourne (played by Elizabeth Moss) – who has been trapped inside the oppressive Gilead regime and has been trying to escape to Canada – this year the crew too had issues crossing the border.

“Honestly the biggest change is it was difficult to get our cast into Canada to shoot,” said Miller. 

The show has filmed in and around Toronto since its first season, but trying to contain the pandemic, Canada closed its doors to America early on as cases surged. 

The mandatory 14-days quarantine also caused the show to change many of its planned scenes. 

“We had to keep people out of episodes simply because they didn’t have enough time in their schedule,” said Miller. 

“I mean, people are very kind to come up and fly for a day’s worth of work in Canada from anywhere. 

“So many of our cast members like Clea DuVall, these people who work very hard on other shows. 

“That was the biggest change,” the showrunner admitted. 

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Miller also said that they had to reduce the number of people in scenes and locations.

“Where we decided to shoot was a very big question because sometimes we couldn’t get things,” he said. 

“Sometimes we had five people in front of the camera, sometimes we could have 20 people in front of the camera. 

“So, we were constantly the entire season making adjustments to the script and the story,” Miller explained. 

Despite all the complication, the crew did finally manage to wrap filming and even release the first trailer. 

In it, viewers saw June is gearing up to fight back against the oppressive Gilead leadership and could hear Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) rage: “She’s out there planning who knows what kind of atrocities to visit upon our righteous nation.” 

June is also listening to a radio broadcast from the American resistance still holding on in the USA, which seems to indicate that after the events of the season three finale, June will manage to escape but not to Canada but to where Luke, Moira (Samira Wiley) and baby Nichole live.

Will she be able to free her daughter Hannah (Jordana Blake) from Gilead if she is living outside though? 

The Handmaid’s Tale season 4 will premiere on April 28 on Hulu and Channel 4.

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