The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5: Alexis Bledel announces her exit from the series – season 5 without Emily

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The Handmaid’s Tale” is still scheduled to return to US streaming service Hulu in 2022 with season 5. In an interview about The Handmaid’s Tale season 5, actress Alexis Bledel now announced that she will not be part of the new season.

  • The Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale” will return with a fifth season, and the new episodes may still be released in 2022.
  • Magenta TV and RTL Passion are showing the adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel “The Handmaid’s Report.”
  • Now, however, actress Alexis Bledel has shocked fans with her sudden exit from the series.

The Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale” is supposed to return with season 5 in 2022, and lead actress Elisabeth Moss is already promising the “wildest” season yet. But now the abrupt exit of actress Alexis Bledel overshadows the joy of the upcoming sequel.

The Desglen/Emily actress now surprisingly announced in an interview with the U.S. magazine Entertainment Weekly her exit from the successful dystopian series. The reason she gave was simply that she “felt [she] now had to step away from The Handmaid’s Tale.”

“After careful consideration, I felt that I had to step down from The Handmaid’s Tale now. My eternal thanks to Bruce Miller (showrunner) for writing such true and resonant scenes for Emily and to Hulu, MGM, the cast and crew for their support.”

Alexis Bledel

Bledel has been a fixture on the popular series since season one, earning top reviews and multiple Emmy nominations for her portrayal of long-suffering Emily Malek. Most recently, she was part of the group that lured Commander Waterford into the demilitarized zone between Gilead and Canada. Together with June, she was finally able to quench her thirst for revenge here.

Even if June’s story is ultimately the focus of the series, Bledel’s character of Emily gained renewed importance, especially through the finale of season 4. So now in the new season, an explanation is needed for her sudden absence.

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5: Trailer

Hulu has released the first English trailer for the new season of “The Handmaid’s Tale”. In the short clip we can already guess that in the upcoming episodes there will be an open war between June and the newly widowed Serena. However, as we can see from the end of the trailer, June is quite ready and challenges Serena directly to a fight.

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5: Storyline

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 Confimed by Hulu!
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 © Hulu

The end of season 4 was extremely satisfying on the one hand, but truly not for the faint of heart on the other. A deal with Commander Lawrence saw Fred Waterfords (Joseph Fiennes) handed over to the safe bosom of the city of Gilead in exchange for 22 women of the Resistance. But Lawrence and Nick leave Fred to his bloody fate.

June and the other victims took care of him, hanging Fred’s battered headless body as a reminder on the wall where disobedient handmaidens were usually displayed in previous seasons.

After this exciting season finale, Entertainment Weekly magazine conducted an interview with series creator Bruce Miller about the sequel in The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5, in which Miller summarized the events of the Season 4 finale, talked about June’s emotional world and what might happen to the protagonist.

Now, he said, it’s up to June to explore her future in Season 5. For her revenge, she gave herself to the horrible act. But her pain and traumatic experiences would not be forgotten with it. So will she finally be able to let go or be caught up by her actions?

In the following, she could be faced with the decision to now sacrifice her entire life for a better society and a world worth living in. History would develop into a long struggle for justice, in which the remaining energy, enthusiasm and reason would decide victory and defeat in the end. Sometimes, he said, you have to sacrifice everything for a goal that is denied to yourself. What June expects in detail in season 5, showrunner Bruce Miller of course did not want to reveal.

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