‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ cast, plot news: EPs talk about the making the series

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The TV adaptation of the 1985 novel written by Canadian writer Margaret Atwood called “The Handmaid’s Tale” serves as the newest addition to Hulu’s series roster. The showrunner himself aims to remain loyal to the source material.

The series takes place in a world where Gilead’s totalitarian Christian fundamentalist government took over the United States.

“When I went in and pitched the story, I said, ‘The success or failure of this project rests entirely on attention to detail,’” executive producer Bruce Miller told Variety. “Gilead needed to be drawn precisely and needed to feel real, or the story wouldn’t feel scary,” he said.

Gilead’s regime repressed women. The government also banned women from receiving schooling and from working. However, due to an unknown environmental disaster, females’ infertility became a widespread issue. Hence, the fertile young women, called Handmaids, form a separate group that lives under the care and tutelage of Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd).

Elite household whose woman (or wife) experiences problems with reproduction summons handmaids. The husband will go through a ritualized sexual intercourse with the Handmaid.

Offred/June (Elisabeth Moss) serves as the Handmaid of Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) and his wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski).

June, together with her daughter and husband, tried to cross into Canada from Maine. However, Gilead’s army captured them.

Through flashbacks and voiceover, the audience will see June’s thoughts and her life before the invasion.

“There’s so much repression that we must be inside her head to know what’s going on and how she’s fighting that,” co-showrunner Warren Littlefield explained.

“Offred is constantly in mortal danger, and violence can come at her from any direction. That’s the core of the show and I don’t think we’ll have any trouble sustaining it,” Miller seconded.

Ofglen (Alexis Bledel) is Offred’s Handmaid friend.

The first three episodes aired on Apr. 26. The fourth episode will roll out on May 3 on Hulu.