Since our real world is slowly inching closer and closer to the fictional dystopian future of Gilead (we joke so we don’t cry!), it should come as no surprise that our glimpse into the world of The Handmaid’s Tale isn’t stopping anytime soon. File this one under the easiest business decision to ever make, because Hulu has just renewed the TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s critically acclaimed 1985 novel of the same name for Season 3.
This is really good news for us, as loyal fans of The Handmaid’s Tale, but really bad news for Offred (Elisabeth Moss). Because unfortunately this means her suffering is far from over. She just can’t catch a break!
The no-duh decision was announced early Wednesday at Hulu’s annual upfront presentation. Eschewing other streaming services’ M.O. of secrecy surrounding viewership data, the company also announced that last week’s Season 2 premiere actually increased its ratings by a whopping 100%. That means twice as many people watched the Season 2 premiere than the Season 1 finale, which is *a lot* when most other shows’ ratings are steadily decreasing as the amount of TV series keeps increasing. It’s also more information than Netflix and Amazon have ever released about their original series…combined. Hulu is definitely not messing around, y’all. Maybe they’ve been taking Offred’s advice? Never forget: nolite te bastardes carborundorum.
If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t gotten around to streaming The Handmaid’s Tale yet (what are you waiting for, my dude?), the brutal dystopian — and scarily relevant — series follows a fictional future in which a totalitarian Republic of Gilead has taken control of what used to be the United States, and all women are stripped of their rights. It’s terrifying because it’s so hyper realistic, and it’s not that hard to imagine how this fictional society got to this point where the few remaining fertile women are being used as sexual slaves for the men in charge…because we’re already seeing the same kind of warning signs in the real world today. *Shudder*.
The announcement of Season 3 is extra exciting for fans because it also means that we’ll be getting even more detail and information about Gilead, past where Atwood left off. While Season 1 followed Atwood’s novel almost to the letter, Season 2 is forging a new path beyond where her story ended and has been introducing new storylines and locations. If Season 2 has already gone to the oft-discussed but never-seen colonies, we can’t even imagine where Season 3 is going.
The Handmaid’s Tale is currently streaming on Hulu.