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Get ready — The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 is going where it’s never gone before when new episodes return to Hulu. Ahead of the upcoming premiere, Elisabeth Moss (who plays June Osborne) teased major changes for the characters, cast, and crew — and apparently, what’s coming next is going to be huge. 

When does ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 4 start on Hulu?

Elisabeth Moss as June Osborne held captive by Gilead guards in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 4 Episode 3
Elisabeth Moss as June Osborne in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 4 | Sophie Giraud/Hulu

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 will be released on Wednesday, April 28. The first three episodes will drop on the premiere date. Then new episodes will air every Wednesday on Hulu.

Meanwhile, The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 will be 10-episodes long, which is shorter than usual. But don’t fret. Creator Bruce Miller previously shared the decision was “100% creative.” Hulu also picked up The Handmaid’s Tale for season 5 back in December 2020. So don’t expect the show to end anytime soon.

Elisabeth Moss says ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 4 is ‘huge’

While The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 is shorter than usual, it seems there are plenty of storylines to look forward to. In April 2021, Moss stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and revealed the characters will go “places they’ve never gone before.” 

“We have built something over the past three seasons that, quite rightly, needs to be fulfilled,” Moss said. “I think that we do that with season 4. We kind of fulfill a lot of the promises that we’ve made over the past two years.”

She continued, “We really get to see, not just June, but a lot of these characters really go to places they’ve never gone before and changed dramatically. It’s a huge season, which of course, we chase to shoot during a pandemic.”

Elisabeth Moss reflects on changes while filming ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 4


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Now, Moss’ comments may not come as much of a surprise to some Handmaid’s Tale fans. When speaking with Deadline in January 2021, Moss revealed the first half of the new season will be “bigger” than anything they’ve done in the past. The cast member — who directed a few episodes this season — also suggested that production was “incredibly challenging.”

“It has been, on a production level, really, really outside of our box, and it’s just bigger in every way,” Moss said at the time.

Meanwhile, Moss commented on her new directing role and how everything changed while filming The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. On The Tonight Show, Moss said:

I chose to direct episode 3. That was going to be my directorial debut before COVID. Then we shut down for six months, went back, and then all of a sudden, I did that episode. I did two more — I did episodes 8 and 9 because nobody else was there a lot of the time. … If a director finished their work and left and they didn’t want to come back and quarantine for two weeks, somebody had to direct it. So all of a sudden, I was the director on hand. 

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 team has gone through a few changes — and it goes beyond the characters. So stay tuned. New episodes start April 28.