The Handmaid’s Story returns tomorrow. This is watch and what to know earlier than season 5 begins


The fifth season of The Handmaid’s Story premieres in Australia tomorrow night time – reward be! 

It’s been over a yr since we caught up with June and her rag-tag gang of revolutionaries and the most recent instalment guarantees no less than a glimpse of hope for the beleaguered girls of Gilead.

By no means worry, thought as a result of there may be loads of torture, dying and rigidity to make amends for from season 4.

Right here’s all the pieces it is advisable know.

The place can I watch The Handmaid’s Story in Australia?

The primary two episodes of The Handmaid’s Story season 5 will air back-to-back from 8:30pm Thursday, September 15 on SBS.

After this, episodes will air weekly on Thursdays and be obtainable to stream on SBS On Demand.

If you wish to make amends for seasons 1-4, previous episodes can be found to stream on Stan.

What’s The Handmaid’s Story about once more?

The sequence is ready in a dystopian model of the US.(Provided: Hulu/MGM Tv)

No disgrace in case your mind is foggy on The Handmaid’s Story – it has been an extended yr.

Based mostly off the Margret Atwood novel of the identical title, the present is ready in a dystopian US, which has been overthrown by an extremist Christian sect who enforced a brand new totalitarian regime and christened the brand new land Gilead.

Gilead girls are handled like property, the fertility fee is in steep decline and the federal government’s important objective is to repopulate the nation.

Ladies are cut up into lessons, with the elite-but-still-oppressed wives of commanders on the high.

Infertile, low-ranking girls are relegated to cooking and cleansing roles, whereas Handmaids are forcibly impregnated by commanders with infertile wives.

June is our important character; she was pressured into being a Handmaid after attempting to flee Gilead together with her husband and younger daughter at the beginning of the revolution.

For 4 (quickly to be 5) seasons we’ve adopted June’s bid to outlive, discover her daughter and overthrow the patriarchal nightmare the US has turn out to be.

A blond woman dressed in light yellow looks angrily at the camera.
June has turn out to be a really highly effective weapon towards Gilead.(Provided: Hulu)

Are you able to give me a Handmaids Story season 4 recap?


We opened on season 4 to search out that June didn’t, in reality, die from a bullet wound to the intestine.

She survived and was whisked away to a rural secure home with an enraged teen who was married off to her aged husband.

Oh, and he or she additionally obtained 86 Gilead youngsters to security in Canada, which the Commanders in Gilead are fairly steamed about.

June’s former captors Fred and Serena Waterford are in a Canadian jail (though it appears extra like if Apple made winter lodges). The poisonous couple activate one another however Serena brings out a trump card – she is pregnant!

A pregnant woman in blue walks away from a jet plane in front of a man dressed in a suit.
Serena is extraordinarily pregnant within the trailer for season 5.(Provided: SBS)

Again in Gilead, Lawrence and Nick nonetheless can’t determine in the event that they need to save June or save themselves however keep in highly effective political positions simply in case.

June is captured (once more) and reunites with Aunt Lydia for some good old style torture to search out out the place her escaped Handmaid buddies are.

It’s solely when June is proven her imprisoned daughter that she provides up the data, just for her and another Handmaids to flee Aunt Lydia’s clutches (once more).

June and Janine then go to Chicago – the place resistance fronts have eroded a few of Gilead’s energy. Right here, she miraculously reunites together with her estranged bestie Moria to a needle drop of Repair You by Coldplay.

After some forwards and backwards, June lastly agrees to hunt asylum in Canada the place she’s reunited together with her husband Luke (no Coldplay this time, although).

Whereas Luke and Moira are taking part in Canadian home with child Nichole, June performs a prolonged testimony to a Canadian court docket that lays out all of the horrors that the Waterford’s subjected her to.

However life isn’t at all times truthful, and a political deal provides sees Canada swap Fred to Gilead in alternate for 22 Handmaids.

Nevertheless, the swap is rigged and a weak Fred is led into No Man’s Land forest the place he’s torn limb from limb by June and a few vengeful Handmaids.

A group of women with flashlights surround a man in a circle formation.
Fred was executed in a manor that he had inflicted on a number of handmaids.(Provided: SBS)

So, we’ve obtained June with a robust kill below her belt and Serena in custody however nonetheless pregnant – each are prepared for one almighty conflict.

What can we count on from season 5?

The season 5 trailer exhibits June nonetheless on the warpath however together with her sights set on Serena now that Fred is useless.

A big funeral procession is seen together with a VERY pregnant Serena.

Nick and Lawrence are nonetheless in Gilead authorities and whereas their actions appear anti-June, they had been those who handed Fred to her so who is aware of the place their allegiances really lie.

We all know for certain that Alexis Bledel’s Emily received’t be returning after the actress bowed out of manufacturing following season 4.

Pre-screening evaluations have been pretty combined for this new season. Selection has known as it a return to type after a number of lacklustre seasons.

However evaluations from Self-importance Truthful and indieWire say the present could have run out of steam.

The Handmaid’s Story season 5 presently has a rating of 60 per cent on overview aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

Is season 5 the final season of Handmaid’s Story?

We thought so, however then creator and showrunner Bruce Miller introduced on the season 5 premiere occasion on the Toronto Worldwide Movie Competition that the sequence had been picked up for a sixth season.

He additionally confirmed that the sixth season of the present can be its final.

Nevertheless, Miller additionally introduced that he’s “actively growing” a follow-up sequence primarily based on Margret Atwood’s 2019 novel The Testaments, a sequel that’s set 15 years after the occasions of The Handmaid’s Story.



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