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Praise be! The Handmaid's Tale season 2 trailer is here and it looks crazier than ever

And there's finally a season two release date!

By Jacqui King

Straight after The Handmaid's Tale won a heap of awards at the recent Golden Globes and Critics' Choice Awards (like Best Drama), the show has released its first look at season two and it looks even more intense than season one (take a look above).

Based on Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale follows the totalitarian society of Gilead where women have zero rights. The 'handmaids' are women who are deemed 'fertile' and are forced to be concubines for rich couples.

Season one ended with Offred aka June (Elisabeth Moss) learning she's pregnant and being taken away after showing defiance to Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd). The new teaser shows a continued struggle with Offred's pregnancy and her continued determination to find her daughter.

June and Nick reunite.
June and Nick reunite.

Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd and Max Minghella are all returning to the 13-episode show.

In November, Hulu (who create the show) teased the new season, saying: "The Emmy-winning drama series returns with a second season shaped by Offred's pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead.

"'Gilead is within you' is a favourite saying of Aunt Lydia. In season two, Offred and all our characters will fight against – or succumb to – this dark truth."

Elisabeth revealed the show's first ep will be BIG. "It's insane! I can say this: There is literally no way that anyone can guess what happens," Elisabeth told Entertainment Weekly.

Uh oh.
Uh oh.
We're sure June has inspired a stronger resistance among the handmaids this time round.
We're sure June has inspired a stronger resistance among the handmaids this time round.

"You can try, but you won't do it. It's incredible. We're really looking to blow people away, and we have every intention to break [the story] open and go even further in all directions. We have no intention of doing anything else than being even more balls to the wall than we were in season one."

Executive producer Bruce Miller said season one will feature plenty of horror and dread. "There's a lot of horror and cruelty and dread in this situation, but there's also a lot of absurdity. I feel like June is always this close to turning to the camera and being, like, 'What the actual f—.'"

The Handmaid's Tale returns April 25.

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