The Handmaid’s Tale launches Season 5 tonight on Hulu, but the show is also brand new in a sense. That’s because this dystopian consideration of women’s rights in society (and much else of course) will now run in a world where Roe v. Wade has been dumped by the Supreme Court.
Handmaid star Elisabeth Moss, asked about the show’s new relevance in a post-Roe world, told Parade she wishes the dystopian aspects of the show weren’t so close to reality. “We really wish wasn’t something that was a part of it,” says Moss, “in the sense that we wish it was a fantasy. We wish the show was a crazy, dystopian…”
That new relevance and the brilliant storytelling mean that for Moss, who is pretty much must-see-TV herself since her major breakout in Mad Men, season 5 of The Handmaid’s Tale is one where “every single episode is just another wild ride. There’s not a dull moment.”
Moss uses an unusually strong adverb — concretely — to drive home her point: “I will say that concretely it is actually our largest season in many ways, but it’s pretty wild.”
About her character, June Osborne, Moss describes what she means by “wild,” as the swings in June’s fate are huge, going from ecstasy and perceived freedom to the unexpected consequences of her actions.
“At the end of Season 4,” Moss tells Parade, “I think June thought that she had sort of vanquished her enemy. That she was going to release herself from this villain of Fred Waterford. And in the first episode (of Season 5), it’s a less than 24-hour period and it takes place basically right after the murder. She’s in this euphoric place. She’s feeling like she just had this incredible experience. She’s feeling the relief of it, and then her world starts coming in, consequences start coming in.”
It’s Season 5 of The Handmaid’s Tale premieres Sept. 14, 2022, on Hulu.