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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Showrunner Says He Is ‘Not Going to Rush’ the End of the Show

The fourth season of 'The Handmaid's Tale' concluded on June 16, 2021. The show is already renewed for a fifth season, and some speculate season 5 could be the show's last. In an interview for Deadline's Contenders TV event, showrunner Bruce Miller discussed the show's future.

The Handmaid’s Tale premiered on Hulu in April 2017, and its fourth season concluded on June 16, 2021. The series is based on a 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood. Before season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale premiered, Hulu renewed the series for a fifth season. In an interview for Deadline’s Contenders TV event, showrunner Bruce Miller discussed if season 5 of The Handmaid’s Tale will be the show’s last.

June and Janine touch foreheads in front of train tracks in 'The Handmaid's Tale'
Elisabeth Moss and Madeline Brewer in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ | Hulu

Bruce Miller does not want to end ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ yet

While the first season of The Handmaid’s Tale primarily covered the source material from Atwood’s novel, the remainder of the show has focused on filling in the story until Atwood’s sequel, The Testaments, which takes place 15 years after The Handmaid’s Tale.

Currently, it is unclear how The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu will incorporate The Testaments. It is also uncertain how many seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale there will be.

On Aug. 6, Deadline published an excerpt of Miller’s interview for Deadline’s Contenders TV event, and in the interview, Miller shared he has no desire to actually stop making the show.

“I’m never looking to end it,” Miller said. “I work with a group of very undifficult people; we have a lovely group of writers, a spectacular group of actors and visiting directors and our crew.”

The showrunner does not want ‘to rush’ the ending

Even though Miller does not want to stop working on The Handmaid’s Tale, the producer does have an idea of how the series will conclude. Still, the showrunner does not want “to rush” toward ending the series if there is still room for more stories.

“The team made an incredible TV show. So I’m not so quick to say, ‘oh, you know, let’s just, walk away.’ I don’t know how you felt about the pandemic, but I certainly learned the things of my life that are pretty rare and working with these people is one of them,” Miller said according to Deadline.

He continued, “So, honestly, yes, I know what the end is and I’m not going to overstay my welcome but I’m also not going to rush off if I don’t have to because as long as I am writing for Elisabeth Moss, you know, it really doesn’t get much better.”


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Bruce Miller is proud of season 4 of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Because of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, filming of season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale was delayed. Despite setbacks, Miller is proud of how the season turned out.

“What they did this year was amazing,” Miller said in his interview for Deadline’s Contenders TV event. “We shot the entire thing for two weeks. We wrote every script so that we could change the story so that we could do it with different actors but they made it themselves.”

All four seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale are available to stream on Hulu.