‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 4 Promo Trailer Teases June’s Fate When the Hulu Original Returns

Blessed be the squad. The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 may have been two weeks into filming when the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shut down production, but the Hulu series managed to capture enough content to preview a solid promo trailer. The teaser confirms the fight is just getting started following the third season finale. So fans better get ready when The Handmaid’s Tale returns with new episodes in 2021.

What happened to June in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 3 finale?

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In the final moments The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3,  June (Elisabeth Moss) was carried out by a group of Handmaids. The character was suffering from a gunshot wound. However, her efforts paid off. June successfully smuggled over 100 children out of Gilead and into Canada.

Following the finale, The Handmaid’s Tale some fans wondered whether June would die from her injuries. But when speaking with Vanity Fair, showrunner Bruce Miller confirmed there would be no show without June. 

“This story only exists as long as June was alive to live it and write it down,” Miller said at the time. “So I think that June is our guide. When June dies, our guide dies, and our show dies.”

That said, June will likely face greater fallout when The Handmaid’s Tale returns for season 4. 

“If one child getting out and going to Canada [became] an international incident… For Gilead, these kids were kidnapped from their homes. So I think they react like any other country would, but magnified because we’re living in a world where children are very rare,” Miller said. “So are there going to be consequences more than [June] getting shot? Yes, absolutely.”

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 4 promo trailer teases what happens when the show returns to Hulu

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When The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 promo dropped on June 24, the Hulu original series presented fans with new and old footage. The trailer appeared to confirm June is alive. But ultimately, it seems individuals will finally start to “unite and fight” in 2021.

“I can’t rest,” June says in a voiceover as the promo begins. “My daughter deserves better. We all deserve better. Change never comes easy. This war isn’t going to win itself.”

Then a challenge is presented by Alma (Nina Kiri) — should they save the people within Gilead or escape themselves. “It’s not safe anywhere,” Alma says. “We should all just leave.”

But it seems June wants to stay and she needs the backup. “These women deserve to be helped, but I can’t do this alone,” she says. 

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Nevertheless, Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) highlights the views of Gilead and potential backlash ahead. “She is out there planning what kind of atrocities to visit upon our righteous nation,” Aunt Lydia says. “I never allowed myself to see here for what she clearly is: beyond redemption.”

Meanwhile, The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 promo trailer teased the return of Nick (Max Minghella) and Commander Lawrence (Bradley Whitford). Both men seemingly discuss June’s influence. Nick tells someone he has changed. Then Lawrence says, “She does have strong claws, that one.”

In the last few moments of the preview, it’s clear the revolution may be headed to war. A potential battle scene flashes by. It also looks like Lawrence is captured. He then says, “What happens in the next few weeks will determine the future of this country.”

Finally, June closes the promo with one of her intense closeups. “We’re just getting started,” she says in a voiceover.

Elisabeth Moss discusses the return of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 4 amid the coronavirus pandemic

Elisabeth Moss attends Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" season 3 finale at Regency Village Theatre on August 06, 2019 in Westwood, California.
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As you may know, The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 was expected to return in the fall of 2020. But due to the coronavirus outbreak, the premiere was moved to 2021. There is no official release date at this time.

Nevertheless, the team is taking steps to ensure the safety of the cast and crew whenever The Handmaid’s Tale returns to production — whenever that may be. In June 2020, Moss told Collider:

One of the great things that our line producer has done is basically gone to every single department and talked to them, and picked their brain and tried to figure out what their daily process is, and what they’re looking for and what they need, in order to feel safe, which I think is a really important part of it. There’s a lot of stuff that’s above my pay grade and above my head, that we’re all reading about in the Hollywood Reporter. But for us, as producers, and for most producers, it’s about, how do you do it and be safe? That’s all.

Human life is not worth making a TV show for. Everyone wants to go back to work because we love what we do. And there’s also people that need to support their families and themselves. The producers contributed to a fund for our crew, that is out of our own pockets and has nothing to do with our larger corporation. We put a lot of money into it. And we’ve been keeping our crew going through that and supporting them being out of work. 

But we’ve gotta do it safely, and we’re just trying to figure that out. It’s all new territory, and we’re all in the same boat here.

The future of The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 premiere is uncertain. But hopefully, fans understand the safety of the cast and crew is more important. And if the promo trailer can tell us anything about the forthcoming season, it’s clear it’ll be worth the wait.

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