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The Handmaid’s Tale renewed for Season 5

We’re still waiting for The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4, but there’s some great news about the future of the show. Season 5 is happening.

It’s official. The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 is happening.

Hulu renewed the series ahead of the fourth season. In fact, the fourth season doesn’t even have a premiere date yet!

The cast took to Twitter to share the great news about the renewal, along with sharing that filming was back on track and The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 would air sometime in 2021. While it’s not a date, it’s always good to know here are plans to bring the episodes to us soon.

This is one of the shows affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The show started filming but was shutdown after a couple of weeks back in March 2020. Filming has just got back underway, so it won’t arrive to our screens for some time.

While Netflix has unrenewed shows due to filming delays, Hulu has opted to renew its top show for a fifth season.

Will The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 be the last?

There is a concern with this renewal. With it coming so early, it’s possible that Hulu is looking to bring the series to an end.

While it is the biggest show for the streaming service, there is also only so many ways June can survive being on the run in Gilead. Eventually, she needs to find a way out, and then the story is almost done. While Gilead will still be around, it won’t be June’s fight in there anymore.

There is The Testaments now available, which could offer a way to continue the story. However, unlike books, TV shows tend to need to keep the main character the same unless it’s an anthology series. People connect to the actors and the characters developed, and it’s hard to connect to another main character.

The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments Box Set ($)

By renewing early, the writers have time to wrap up storylines. And this is one of those shows that needs storylines wrapped. It can’t be abruptly canceled. We’ve been on this journey too long now.

We won’t have to worry about that for some time, though. The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 likely won’t arrive until 2022 at the earliest.

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What do you hope to see on The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4? Do you think Season 5 will be the last? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

The Handmaid’s Tale is streaming on Hulu. It’s available on Crave in Canada.