Influenced by Margaret Atwood's novel of the same name, season three of the show is fast approaching, with resistance to the republic being the order of the day.As June (Elisabeth Moss) says with determination in the teaser trailer, it's time to "wake up America".
Back to Gilead we go Executive producer Warren Littlefield told that the premiere will see June walking back into Gilead, picking up ten minutes after the season-two finale.
"We'll also pick up with Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) and where is she, what happens to her with the knowledge that Nicole, who she considers her baby, has gone off to Canada, but not with June," he said.
"And we begin the understanding of who she was before she wore that horribly brown drab outfit and carried her cattle prod." Her background has remained a mystery up until this point, so it will be interesting to see how the character – who flits between maternal and straight-up sociopathic – came to be so conflicted. Nicole's escape was a group effort, a feat June couldn't have achieved without the help of Nick, Serena and, to our surprise, Rita.
Up until this point, Rita was one of the most elusive characters of the show and what with her life-threatening efforts to free June and her newborn, we're excited to see how she reacts to the handmaid's return.
Either way, we know the actress who portrays Rita, Amanda Brugel, will return for the third season.
As will Bradley Whitford's mysterious Commander Lawrence, who was instrumental in helping Emily to escape and will most likely play a big part in the Mayday resistance.
Elsewhere, Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) was attacked with a knife by Emily and her fate is left unclear – although we do know she'll be returning, as was shown in the trailer and confirmed by showrunner Bruce Miller, who said: "Aunt Lydia doesn't die, (but) she's transformed by this event."But what about June?
Although you might assume it's straight to the colonies for the defiant handmaid, it looks like she's putting up a good fight in season three.
, Miller confirmed we should "expect to see more" from the character, adding: "We always had plans of building that character out."We should also expect to see him continuing his efforts with the resistance, which Miller revealed is driven by guilt for helping to orchestrate the very system he's now seeking to destroy.