There are few TV shows on the air that feel more prescient than The Handmaid’s Tale. Given the current administration’s repeated efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and challenge reproductive rights, there are times when the Hulu series hits way too close to home. So things felt almost a little too real when the cast was recently spotted filming in Washington, D.C.
A photographer for the Washingtonian, Evy Mages, captured several images of the cast gathered on the National Mall today, February 15th. According to the magazine, more than 200 actors were spotted working on a Season 3 scene, many of whom wore the handmaids’ trademark red robes and white bonnets. Some of them had their mouths covered with red cloth. Stars Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, and Joseph Fiennes were also reportedly present, and according to the Washingtonian, they could be seen climbing the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The result was haunting, making the fictional dystopia seem eerily real. In one particularly striking picture, the Handmaids can be seen kneeling in a group with their heads bowed in prayer.
This isn’t the first time that people dressed as Handmaids have infiltrated our nation’s capital. The costume has become popular with protesters since the show’s debut, leading some to think that the filming was simply another demonstration.
For now, at least, The Handmaid’s Tale (thankfully) remains only a TV show—and one that we can’t wait to continue watching. The show returns for Season 3 on June 5th, and we’ll definitely be keeping our eyes peeled for footage from today’s shoot.