'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2 Will Give Alexis Bledel a Bigger Role

Saturday, 24 June 2017 - 2:45PM
The Handmaids Tale
Saturday, 24 June 2017 - 2:45PM
'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2 Will Give Alexis Bledel a Bigger Role
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As the critically acclaimed Hulu show The Handmaid's Tale moves into its second dystopian season, it now has to press forward past the ending of Margaret Atwood's original novel. And like other shows which continue beyond where the books ended (like Man in the High Castle or recent Game of Thrones seasons), there's no way to predict what's next.

But now we have our first hint: recurring character Ofglen/Emily, played by Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) is going to continue her story as a part of the main cast. The show will be bumping her up to series regular for season two, which means she's going to get much more screen time than her brief appearances in season one as a guest star.

If you're caught up on the show (spoilers ahead, if not), this immediately answers some questions about Emily that the first season left unanswered - namely, that she's still alive. The last we saw of her, she'd been tortured and mutilated after watching her lover get executed for "gender treachery" (The Republic of Gilead's term for homosexuality) and she was now living an even emptier existence as a new handmaid for some commander named Steven.

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Considering the original novel ended Ofglen's story with a similarly bleak fate where she kills herself, there was always a chance the Hulu show might choose to abandon her where they left her, and imply show Ofglen did the same. The fact that they're not only bringing her back, but bringing her back as a series regular, suggests Ofglen/Emily's fight isn't over.

We're likely to see her return to the resistance in some form, and because star Elizabeth Moss has stated that the handmaids are fighters and not just victims, it's good to see they'll be treating Bledel's character as such. 

The Handmaid's Tale season 2 should come out sometime in 2018 on Hulu.
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