The critically acclaimed series is back to make a stand.
Blessed be the fight.
TV shows like The Handmaid's Tale really do come along ever so rarely. In the golden age of television, there are so many series that we'd cite as being phenomenal. For most, the likes of Breaking Bad, The Wire and The Sopranos still offer the best of the medium, and indeed, they really did change the game. Since then though, we've seen such lauded efforts as HBO's Chernobyl grip the masses with its stunning sincerity, and Game of Thrones took off like we never expected.
The former is arguably a very important miniseries, educating audiences about a point in time that everybody should certainly know about. On the other hand, you have shows like Stranger Things, so nostalgic and playful in its approach. Then, there's The Handmaid's Tale - it's not just good, not just entertaining, but imperative.
This devastating dystopia of slavery shocked the world and swiftly became a phenomenon. It resonated with widespread audiences, inspiring and entertaining equally; so, where are we at with it?
The Handmaid's Tale: Season 4
Season 3 of the TV sensation arrived earlier this summer and it was clear from the very beginning that Bruce Miller's profound work showed no signs of lessening its chokehold on fans.
Perhaps the most important thing to say about it is that it's actually been a cause for change. As with most great dystopian fiction, and indeed sci-f, there is always a point of comparison with our own society. Here, we're presented with an extreme but asked to reflect upon the world that we too live in. You'll sometimes see protest and activism taking iconography from the show, and it's no surprise.
It's a very necessary show right now, so of course, it's been renewed; this news came back in July, and as of yet there is no news on a release date.
The Handmaid's Tale: How many episodes in season 3?
With season 4 confirmed and on the way, it's worth noting how many we have to dig into before season 3 concludes.
Season 3 is comprised of thirteen episodes, the same as season 2. The final episode - 'Mayday' - will air on Channel 4 on Sunday, September 1st 2019.
It's been another powerful and emotional season so far, but let's be honest, did we expect anything less at this point? The cast is simply superb, demonstrating a deep understanding and confidence in the material, and speaking of which, Margaret Atwood's sequel to the 1985 text of the same name is scheduled for release on Tuesday, September 10th 2019.
The highly anticipated novel is titled The Testaments and will be set fifteen years after Offred's last moment in the previous book. Fans can't wait to dig in, and indeed, it'll be interesting to see how the series progresses in its wake.
Has it been a hit?
There are clearly big things in store for the future of the series both on and off the page, but let's take a quick look at how season 3 has fared with audiences.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the latest crop of episodes currently boasts an admirable 81% Tomatometer, meaning that the general critical consensus has been largely very positive. However, the audience score is at a considerably lower 56%, based on 389 user ratings.
Although it's definitely been a success, more and more people are expressing their thoughts that the series' direction has become a little too repetitive. Perhaps with the new material from Margaret Atwood, the more disappointed fans can rekindle their spark with the narrative and connect with season 4.
Blessed be the FLIGHT. ✈️ pic.twitter.com/wQ2sxQTHpo— The Handmaid's Tale (@HandmaidsOnHulu) August 15, 2019
Does June die? *SPOILERS*
It's certainly been an eventful season, and things don't look good for June (Elisabeth Moss).
In the final episode, the handmaids fight against the soldiers so that Rita and her child can get onto a plane, after June's responsible for the delivery. However, a fight turns fatal after she is shot by a soldier; fortunately, she's found by Alma, Janine and others. She recites Exodus 3:7-8, closing her eyes, with the characters - and us - fearing the worst.
It's a pretty huge cliffhanger, and fans suspect that she could be dead. The actress has been incredible across the seasons, but perhaps her journey with the show could end here. Stay tuned...
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