“The Handmaid’s Tale” will end with season 6. But that’s not the end of the story, because with “The Testaments” a spin-off is already in the works. Here you can find out everything about The Handmaid’s Tale season 6 and the spin-off continuation.
- In 2023, the dystopian series “The Handmaid’s Tale” will come to an end with season 6.
- However, the stories from Gilead are not yet finished and a spin-off, “The Testaments”, is already being planned.
- Now Bruce Miller has revealed first details about the final season and the future of the following spin-off.
The successful Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale” will end with the upcoming 6th season. However, we won’t have to do without more stories from Gilead in the future, as a spin-off series adapting Margaret Atwood’s sequel “The Witnesses” (“The Testaments”) is already being planned. We already summarized all the information about the final season and the future spin-off for you below.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 6: Release Date
There is currently no official start date for “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 6, but the final episodes are unlikely to start on Hulu before 2023.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 6: Storyline
Since so far the finale of season 5 of “The Handmaid’s Tale” has not yet run, little can be said about a possible plot of season 6.
In an interview with Deadline, Miller revealed that in season 6 he will both conclude June’s story and at the same time create a natural transition to the planned spin-off.
In the case of the ending for June’s story, however, Miller emphasized that he may not strictly follow Atwood’s template in “The Testaments.” Rather, he’s trying to create a conclusion that feels natural and also makes sense, because just because “The Handmaid’s Tale” comes to an end doesn’t necessarily mean June’s life is over as well.
Miller sees the show more as a glimpse into a particular slice of the character’s life, and just as she had a life before, she will have a life after, only we won’t be able to follow it closely.
The Handmaid’s Tale season 6: Here’s what happens after the series ends
In 2019, two years after the start of the series and 34 years after the first novel, Margaret Atwood published “The Witnesses” (“The Testaments”), a sequel to her story set 15 years later and telling of the fall of Gilead. Most recently, Bruce Miller announced that he is already planning a series adaptation of the novel’s sequel in a spin-off after the end of “The Handmaid’s Tale.
In this new, continuing story, the author actually made sure that the plot does not contradict the series. Thus, Miller will probably not have much trouble finding a clean connection to his hit series.
While June’s fate was left open in the books, giving the Hulu series some freedom, June’s daughters Hannah and Nicole play important roles in the sequel. This is of course interesting in light of the parent series, as it not only guarantees their survival in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” but also otherwise dictates where they should be by the end of the series.
However, in the case of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” they also dealt far more freely with the original, and so although the series is based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, the plot from “The Handmaid’s Report” was already told in its entirety in season 1. The following seasons continued to tell the story freely, but working closely with Atwood. Therefore, changes to the plot cannot be completely ruled out.
Since season 6 of “The Handmaid’s Tale” will not be released on Hulu before 2023, “The Testaments” will probably be released in 2024 at the earliest. Due to the time jump of the spin-offs, there will hardly be any reunions with well-known actors, only Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia would have to reappear in “The Testaments”. However, we will probably only find out more in the coming months, when the production slowly gets rolling.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 6: Production and Casting
Since Hulu is still airing the episodes of season 5 at the moment, it is not yet possible to say for sure which characters will be present in the final season. After all, the series is known for its shocking as well as unexpected twists and turns, so maybe not all of the previous characters will survive the episodes that are yet to come.
However, if the current cast reunites fully in season 6, then we can look forward to seeing Elisabeth Moss (June), Bradley Whitford (Commander Lawrence), Yvonne Strahovski (Serena Joy), Max Minghella (Nick Blaine), O-T Fagbenle (Luke), Samira Wiley (Moira), Ann Dowd (Aunt Lydia), Madeline Brewer (Janine), Amanda Brugel (Rita) and Sam Jaeger (Mark Tuello) again.
Via Instagram, at least almost all the actors and actresses listed above have announced the continuation of the series in season 6 with a short video. The only one missing here is Janine actor Madeline Brewer. So whether she will really return in season 6 remains to be seen.
Likewise, Bruce Miller is also likely to return as showrunner, and unless something to the contrary is announced, we can assume that Marissa Jo Cerar will return as producer as well
As a result of Alexis Bledel’s exit from the series, her character Emily was not back for Season 5. However, Miller indicated to the US online magazine Entertainment Tonight that he has not yet given up hope for a possible return of the character in the final season. According to Miller, Bledel’s character has not yet “reached the end of her journey” and thus “the door remains open” for a possible return.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 6: Trailer
At this point, there is still an official trailer for the final season of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” When it is released, you will find it here.