Hulu has renewed The Handmaid’s Tale for one more season.
The streaming service unveiled the news on Thursday evening, posting a video across its social media platforms of the cast confirming the news. The renewal comes as Season 5 is slated to debut on Sept. 14th.
The series is based on the iconic book of the same name by Margaret Atwood. The book told the story of a handmaid named Offred. After environmental disasters and declining birthrates result in a Second American Civil War, the Republic of Gilead rises to power and enslaves fertile women to bear children for those in power. Critically acclaimed actress Elisabeth Moss has played the role of Offred/June since the show’s debut.
While The Handmaid’s Tale might be coming to an end, Hulu is far from ready to say goodbye to Atwood’s dystopian world. Bruce Miller, who developed The Handmaid’s Tale for Hulu, is currently at work on adapting the book’s sequel, The Testaments for the streamer.
“It has been a true honor to tell the story of Margaret Atwood’s groundbreaking novel and chillingly relevant world, and we are thrilled to bring viewers a sixth and final season of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.” We are grateful to Hulu and MGM for allowing us to tell this story, which unfortunately has remained as relevant as ever throughout its run, and are in awe of our incredible fans for their unwavering support, and without whom we never would have gotten to this point.”Miller
The Handmaid’s Tale stars Moss, Bradley Whitford, Yvonne Strahovski, Max Minghella, O-T Fagbenle, Samira Wiley, Ann Dowd, Madeline Brewer, Amanda Brugel and Sam Jaeger. The first four seasons are now streaming on Hulu, while Season 5 will debut two episodes next week.