Gwendolyn Purdom
Updated Mar 15, 2018 @ 10:56 am
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Just when we thought The Handmaid’s Tale couldn’t get any bleaker, here comes a photo from Season 2 that drops our girl Emily smack dab in the middle of the Colonies’ muddy fields of radioactive waste. The sneak peek, released this week ahead of the new season’s premiere next month, shows Alexis Bledel’s determined ex-handmaid Emily, decked out in the gray uniform of a convict, gazing off in the distance as her fellow workers labor on around her. From the Emmy-winning drama’s first season and the novel it was inspired by, we know the Colonies are not somewhere you want to end up. So basically, The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 already looks bad for Emily.

In fact, it looks really bad.

Bledel confirmed as much in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, saying in The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2, we’ll have a chance to see the sometimes even-more-messed-up world beyond Gilead, including the Colonies, and we’ll see the show dig deeper into Emily and her fellow characters’ past lives through flashbacks:

The new season of The Handmaid’s Tale will explore other storylines as well, notably Offred’s (Elisabeth Moss) efforts to flee Gilead and Gilead’s origins in the first place.

New characters will be introduced as well, including Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei. And it will be especially interesting to watch the second season unfold because it won’t have Margaret Atwood’s classic novel as a roadmap. But from everything we’re hearing — and seeing, like the below look at Emily — this off-roading could paint an even more gripping portrait.

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The women’s fight against all that soul-destroying starts again when The Handmaid’s Tale returns on April 25th on Hulu.