The Handmaid’s Tale creator talks about #MeToo movement


In the era of campaigns like #MeToo, The Handmaid’s Tale draws parallels between narrative and reality.

The Handmaid’s Tale blew audiences away with its gripping first season centered on a transformed America under the control of a totalitarian government, where females are stripped of their basic human rights.

As we head into season two and reflect on where the story will go from here, it is imperative to point out the parallels that exist between the emergence of campaigns such as #MeToo and the narratives embedded within The Handmaid’s Tale.

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In an interview with Variety, Elisabeth Moss, who plays June/Offred, talked about how this season will reflect on female empowerment.

"“So much about what it means to resist this year — so much about female empowerment but also women banding together and what happens when you split them apart. I think that’s a very relevant issue right now.”"

Moss, who has won the Emmy for best actress in a drama series, shared that June’s journey will take her in and out of Gilead–as she deals with her pregnancy and the repercussions of leaving Gilead.

Joseph Fiennes, who plays Commander Waterford, mimicked Moss’ sentiments about season two’s quest to expose and tackle gender inequality and converging with the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns.

"“I think the conversations since the book came out over 30 years ago, are much needed feminist conversations, and now with Time’s Up and #MeToo there’s a great momentum that we’ve kind of converged with.”"

He also went on to discuss how The Handmaid’s Tale is about resistance and that resistance is seen in today’s world as well. Women coming together to speak out has resonated with those who can’t speak for themselves–and June’s character is the inspiring character standing for that.

Season two will go beyond the tormented walls of Gilead and head straight into the dreadful Colonies–a radioactive wasteland where “unpeople” are sent for punishment. The level of inhuman and horrendous circumstances that will be presented as the show heads to the Colonies is sure to absolutely gut-wrenching.

Season one caught up with the narrative written in Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, so season two will be a fresh take on the world of Gilead, the Colonies, and each character’s journey. Executive producer Bruce Miller talked about what he was most excited for in creating season two.

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"“It doesn’t seem like we’re moving away from the novel, just beyond. We got so much encouragement from Margaret to do exciting interesting things, she was as thrilled as anybody. Also the book is a cliffhanger, I’ve been thinking for 30 years what happens in season 2.”"

The Handmaid’s Tale premieres season two with two episodes on Hulu on April 25.