Hulu has officially renewed creator and showrunner Bruce Miller’s acclaimed dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale for a sixth and final season. This announcement comes ahead of its return next week on September 14. It has also been confirmed that the sequel series The willsbased on Margaret Atwood’s latest novel, is still in development after it was first announced back in 2019.
“It’s been a true honor to tell the story of Margaret Atwood’s groundbreaking novel and terrifyingly relevant world, and we’re thrilled to bring viewers a sixth and final season,” Miller said in a statement (via Deadline). “We are grateful to Hulu and MGM for allowing us to tell this story, which unfortunately has remained as relevant as ever throughout its run, and we are in awe of our incredible fans for their unwavering support, and without whom we would never have reached this point.”
The series is adapted from the award-winning, best-selling novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood. It currently stars Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress Elisabeth Moss, as well as Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Ann Dowd, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer, OT Fagbenle and Amanda Brugel.
“June faces consequences for killing Commander Waterford as she struggles to redefine her identity and purpose,” reads the synopsis. “Widow Serena tries to raise her profile in Toronto as Gilead’s influence creeps into Canada. Commander Lawrence works with Nick and Aunt Lydia as he tries to reform Gilead and seize power. June, Luke and Moira fight Gilead from afar, as they continue their mission to rescue and reunite with Hannah.”
The Handmaid’s Tale comes to Hulu from MGM Television and is created, executive produced and written by Bruce Miller. The show is executive produced by Warren Littlefield, Elisabeth Moss, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears and Ilene Chaiken. Margaret Atwood serves as co-executive producer for season three of the series. MGM serves as the international distributor for the series.
Since its premiere in April 2017, The Handmaid’s Tale has become the first series ever on a streaming video-on-demand service to receive both the Golden Globe and Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series. The Handmaid’s Tale is an eight-time Emmy Award-winning drama series and has won more than 30 prestigious awards to date, including a 2018 Peabody Award. The series has gone on to become the streaming service’s most-watched series debut and its most critical success to date.