Tuesday, 01 May 2018 21:52

How the lesbian characters and the queer actresses are going in the season 2 of The Handmaid's Tale

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Spoilers. Things will get worse during The Handmaid's Tale season two, which started on April 25 on Hulu. This new season will be bad and darker than the first one. But the lesbian characters are back and the series is still featuring queer actresses!

More episodes

Let's start with a first good news. The season 2 of The Handmaid's Tale is composed of 13 episodes, 3 more than season 1.

Lesbian characters and Queer actresses

Lesbian character Ofglen (Alexis Bledel) is back. And what's interesting is that she becomes one of the main characters of this second season. In addition, we see who Ofglen was before. Her true name is Emily. She was a teacher and was separated from her wife, played by lesbian actress Clea DuVall, and her son as they tried to flee to Canada.

With Emily, we discover the colonies that we had heard about in the first season.

And lesbian character Moira, played by lesbian actress Samira Wiley, is back too!


As for the main character, Offred, she rebels.

"Season two is what happens after you become a little rebellious," Miller told EW. "The things you are seeing blooming in Offred are not going to go away. Her spirit of rebellion and her careful march away from being a well-behaved handmaid and making some trouble is where the season is rolling towards."

Season 2

  • Get ready. Miller told EW that there would be a maid's funeral.

  • We will learn more about the horrible Aunt Lydia through flashbacks.

"Aunt Lydia is one of my most fascinating characters," he told New York Times. "We would like to explore her backstory, and what the lives of the aunts are like."

  • There is an "expanding on the world created by Margaret Atwood", who wrote the novel The Handmaid's Tale from 1984 when she was in West Berlin and who works as an author on the series. It won't be just Canada and Mexico as in the first season.
  • In the novel, the race is an important subject. It seems that the second season will talk more about race than during the first season.

"I've been fascinated by the conversations about race," showrunner Bruce Miller has revealed.

"The thoughtful conversations online really inspired a lot of thoughtful conversations in the writers' room about this. We're taking advantage of that [in season two]."

Are you ready for 10 seasons? I am.

“I have an enormous plan in my head. There are so many things that are mentioned in the book, so many worlds to explore,” Miller said in an interview with IndieWire in May 2017.

In January 2018, he told THR that he's "roughed it out to about 10 seasons":

"People talk about how we're beyond the book, but we're not really. The book starts, then jumps 200 years with an academic discussion at the end of it, about what's happened in those intervening 200 years. It's maybe handled in an outline, but it's still there in Margaret's novel. We're not going beyond the novel; we're just covering territory she covered quickly, a bit more slowly."

Here is the official trailer: