Wake Up to “The Handmaid’s Tale” Universe

Wake up. The Handmaid’s Tale is coming back.

The show’s twitter account, which I highly recommend fans follow, have offered hints of major changes to come. Before the Super Bowl ad aired, they tweeted a short clip of Offred, aka June, in a wive’s blue uniform instead of a red handmaid’s.

The account is responding to reactions by saying “under HER eye” instead of the chilling “under His eye” line used to enforce the all-male rule over the society. They’ve hashtagged it #UnderHerEye.

The combination of how last season ended with June turning down freedom to return to the trenches to save her firstborn and a quote from an older trailer of June saying “they should’ve never given us uniforms if they didn’t want us to be an army,” seems like a clear sign she’s starting a rebellion.

”The Handmaid’s Tale” Trailer

The new trailer quotes Ronald Reagan’s 1984 presidential campaign slogan “morning in America” bridging the show’s world and ours. The effect is chilling.

Reagan’s ad and The Handmaid’s Tale commercial open with pleasant music and a deep voice announcing that “it’s morning again in America” before the screen fills with employment stats and pleasant scenes of American life. The Handmaid’s Tale disrupts the cheery message to show June going through hell. “Wake up, America. Morning’s over,” she says at the end of the trailer.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Campaign 1984

If the way the ad and this trailer line up don’t make you feel like the Handmaid’s Tale’s dystopia could happen in America, you’re in denial. Wake up.

As Handmaid’s Tale fans anticipate the new season, they have even more to look forward to. Novelist Margaret Atwood, who wrote the book the show is based on, is now writing a sequel after 34 years. The Testaments is scheduled for September. Atwood says it’s not only based on the questions the first book left readers on, but it’s also inspired by “the world we’ve been living in.”

Though the book isn’t connected to the series, Atwood is a producer on the show, so some crossover may just happen—praise be to that. Also, if you’re really losing it waiting on the new season and book, you should watch the 1990 film The Handmaid’s Tale.

The Handmaid’s Tale 1990

Though we don’t have an official air date that’s more specific than “coming soon,” the last two seasons both dropped around the end of April, so look for it this spring. In the meantime, while we wait, stay under HER eye.

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