'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 4 Teaser Dropped And It Deserves Your Undivided Attention

by Erica Gerald Mason

‘This is not a drill’: The Handmaid’s Tale will return soon — very soon

Hulu confirmed on Thursday that the fourth season of dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale will come out the gate swinging with the first three episodes on April 28. When the sometimes-too-close-to-reality hit show returns, June/Offred (played by Elisabeth Moss) “strikes back against Gilead as a fierce rebel leader, but the risks she takes bring unexpected and dangerous new challenges,” a press release states.

“This is not a drill,” the streaming service tweeted.

When season 4 begins, June/Offred’s “quest for justice and revenge threatens to consume her and destroy her most cherished relationships,” the press release further stated.

In a preview clip of the upcoming season, June appears to be out of Gilead and no longer wearing her handmaid’s wardrobe. Instead of her usual uniform of a red dress and white bonnet, she wears a sweatshirt and cap while walking on a deserted street.

Later, June rides in the back of a truck accompanied by gun-toting members of the resistance, a voice from “radio-free America — No. 1 source for news of the resistance” announces that “global sanctions on Gilead are mounting as the latest wave of violence continues.”

The teaser also shows June’s reunion with Nick (played by Max Minghella), with whom she shares a kiss, and teases her safe return to Canada, where her spouse, Luke (O-T Fagbenle) lives.

“My name is June Osbourne,” June says as a Canadian flag waves on a dock. “I am a citizen of the United States.”

In a separate scene, June’s ex-master, Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) warns his wife, Serena (Yvonne Strahovski), “she’ll start a war.”

Searching for June, who works alongside her fellow handmaids, is the terrifying Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd). “She’s out there planning who knows what kind of atrocities to visit upon our righteous nation,” Aunt Lydia says. “Find her and bring her to me.”

June, the creator of good trouble says, “we don’t hide, we fight.”

The Handmaid’s Tale is based on the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, which follows June/Offred in a dystopian reality named Gilead following a Second American Civil War, where women are marginalized citizens and have their fertility exploited in by wealthy community members.

In addition to the aforementioned actors, the show also stars Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel, Madeline Brewer, Amanda Brugel, Bradley Whitford and Sam Jaeger.

Atwood tweeted her excitement for the new season, writing, “No I haven’t seen it yet. I too will be surprised! (Where can I get one of these botanical specimens?)”

Fans of the Hulu hit are equally as excited.

“Let freedom reign,” one fan wrote on Twitter.

The Handmaid’s Tale season 4 arrives on Hulu April 28. Praise be.