So many emotions come flooding over us when watching the new trailer for The Handmaid’s Tale. Like, anger, frustration, and fear. But also… hope.
The hope being that badass Offred, portrayed by the more than stellar actress Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake), will be able to free herself from the slavery she’s been forced into as played out in Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood‘s dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale.
In earlier posts, we outlined the basics of what’s happening in the 10-part series set in a near future New England. The story, deemed speculative fiction when first published in 1985, imagines a brutal totalitarian regime called the Republic of Gilead, forcing women, known as “Handmaids,” into servitude for reproductive purposes. Joseph Fiennes (American Horror Story) takes on the complex role of The Commander, who rules over the Handmaids, but also provides Offred with an escape from her bleak daily routine.
And now we’re getting a little more background as to exactly what led to this oppressive society, leaving women defenseless and unable to hold onto their basic rights. In the new trailer, Offred explains how the world as she knew it became so dark. She not only lost her freedom, but her name, her husband, and her daughter. She narrates the story, telling us that there were in fact warning signs, but she was “asleep before” and didn’t “wake up.”
But, she’s awake now, and she’s not giving up:
At 0:53, Gilmore Girls‘ Alexis Bledel, as fellow Handmaid, Ofglen, delivers a message to Offred, saying, “There’s an eye in your house.”
The eerie comment maintains the flow of the mind-melting tale, and while the meaning may not be clear, Ofglen’s motives are. She is up for the fight, and willing to risk being beaten by her master — or worse — to warn her friend of the unknown.
The Handmaid’s Tale will premiere on Hulu this coming April 26.
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