While this news is hardly going to be a surprise for many people out there, it to us is most certainly welcome: The Handmaid’s Tale is officially returning to Hulu for a third season.
The streaming service made the announcement this week, noting that the season 2 premiere in its designated time-frame doubled the viewership of the series premiere last week. Note that Hulu does not release full viewership data, which of course leaves us relatively in the dark about some of its true numbers. At this given point in time, it really does not matter all that much — what does is that Hulu is obviously very much in love with this series, given that by no means would they be renewing it so soon otherwise.
The Handmaid’s Tale is for Hulu the sort of marquee property that they have been long hoping for, one that is commercially successful but then also at the same time beloved by critics. Its awards-show buzz is only going to further fuel its success. While it may be too early at the moment to say whether or not it will be a contender for the overall drama series award at the Emmys, it does feel like Elisabeth Moss is an instant lock for a nomination. Meanwhile, it also feels as though it’ll get plenty of love from the Golden Globes and other guild awards. The Handmaid’s Tale is already moving beyond some of the source material, so with that it doesn’t have to worry about straying with an additional season. The show could in theory last however long the powers-that-be behind the scenes wanted to continue making it. We don’t really foresee there being any sort of end for it coming up in the future.
The Handmaid’s Tale season 3, pending delays, should premiere in 2019. We’ll have more news soon.
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