The Handmaid’s Tale Creator Confirms Season 6: When Will It Release?

The Handmaid’s Tale, starring Elisabeth Moss and based on Margaret Atwood’s famous novel of the same name, received 15 Primetime Emmy nominations throughout its run, becoming the first show to get recognition for a streaming service. Fans are curious about the future of the series as it approaches its final season, more than five years after the season 1 debut.

Undoubtedly, there are still many unanswered questions: After season five of The Handmaid’s Tale, whither does June go? What repercussions may Nick expect? The following information about The Handmaid’s Tale season 6 includes the premiere date, cast news, spoilers, and more:

Will there be a Handmaid’s Tale season 6?

Before the start of season 5, Hulu lost no time informing fans that the original series had been renewed for a sixth season on September 24. one significant caveat? It is how The Handmaid’s Tale concludes.

Bruce Miller, the show’s creator, declared in a statement:

“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. 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.”

As for when fans can bid their goodbyes … there’s no release date yet, but the cast made sure to build up hype. On Instagram, the show’s official page posted a video of some familiar faces that teased the renewal news. The caption read: “We can’t keep this a secret any longer. #TheHandmaidsTale will return for a 6th and final season on @hulu. ✊.”

Who will be in The Handmaid’s Tale season 6 cast?

Based on that small snippet posted on the show’s social media, we can expect that the entire cast will return for season 6:

  • Elisabeth Moss as June Osborne
  • O-T Fagbenle as Luke Bankole
  • Max Minghella as Commander Nick Blaine
  • Bradley Whitford as Commander Joseph Lawrence
  • Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy Waterford
  • Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia
  • Madeline Brewer as Janine
  • Samira Wiley as Moira
  • Amanda Brugel as Rita

Will The Handmaid’s Tale have a sequel?

Happy news: The popular series will have a standalone sequel based on Margaret’s upcoming book The Testaments, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. It takes place 15 years after the dystopian novel in 1985.

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Are there any upcoming The Handmaid’s Tale season 6 spoilers?

Recall that June and Luke (O-T Fagbenle) parted ways after he turned himself into Canadian police in the season 5 finale cliffhanger. With her youngest daughter Nichole, June could board the refugee train thanks to this turning point. In a startling turn of events, she discovered Serena (Yvonne Strahovski) and her infant son, Noah, among the Gilead refugees.

Like the other books in The Handmaid’s Tale series, June was left alone to carry out a crucial task. Her goal this time was to get to Hawaii and, finally, Vancouver. Who knows, though—maybe Serena may follow suit. There will undoubtedly be a lot to cover in season 6 after Janine (Madeline Brewer) and Hannah (Jordana Blake) appear ready to revolt.

Handmaid Tale season 6
Handmaid Tale season 6

People were interested to see how the film adaptation would turn out because June never receives a satisfactory ending in the book. After all, it continues into The Testaments. Bruce informed Deadline readers that rather than emulating the 1984 novel, the on-screen sequel would take inspiration from the Hulu series.

Don’t count on June playing a big part in the spinoff, however. “I don’t feel an allegiance to wrap her up the way she’s in The Testaments novel. I want to follow the story and make sure it makes sense,” he spilled to the outlet.

Bruce continued: “I think that in the end, just like before we started the show, they had lived. She’s going to go on and continue in whatever way she continues, and we’re not going to see it. And because we got to see this part so intimately, I feel like you care about what happens to her next, but that’s not this tale.”

Where can I watch and stream The Handmaid’s Tale season 6?

Watch The Handmaid’s Tale seasons 1 through 5 only on Hulu to travel to the Gilead universe. Visit the Hulu website to view the program on your laptop. Or you may use the iPhone or Android apps to watch all seasons. New users can join up for a free trial that lasts one month. You can continue using the service after the trial period has ended for as little as $6.99 per month.

What happened at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale season 5?

Luke killed the Canadian who ran over June as the fifth season ended. They decide to flee when they hear of his passing. Tuello, however, explains that they cannot get to the airport. June would be charged with aiding a flight from justice and the police would have signaled their location and be waiting to apprehend Luke. Tuello offers an alternative: he can get them on a train with refugees traveling west.

With police looking for Luke at the train station, Luke tells June to get on the train. “You know you and Nichole are not safe if I’m with you. So do this for Nichole. Get on the f–king train, OK?” he tells her. Luke points out that if she stays, Gilead will come after her. 

June sobs as she tells Luke, “Come find me,” before boarding. He then makes a scene and is taken into custody.

June hears a baby crying on the train as she searches for a seat. Noah, Serena’s kid, turns revealed to be the newborn.

“Hi, June,” Serena says. “Hi, Serena,” June replies. The episode ends with Serena asking June if she has a diaper and the two smiling at each other.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about the finale, Moss said, “It’s a pretty positive ending for the show and the season, which we don’t usually do. It’s a cliffhanger … but there’s something positive about it. Of course, of all the people on the train, this person is her other half, the other half of this experience.”

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Final Lines

Hulu hasn’t announced when the final season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” will arrive, so it’s unclear how long fans will have to wait. Before the epidemic, Miller and his colleagues released a new season annually. Between Seasons 3 and 4, pandemic delays caused a two-year break. However, Seasons 4 and 5 were on time. If the “Handmaid’s Tale” team keeps up their pace, Season 6 might premiere in 2023.

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