‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: The Important New Character Coming to Season 2 and More Details

The new Hulu show, The Handmaid’s Talehad a dramatic freshman season that led to it winning big at the Emmys. But it’s taking on a huge task with its second season.

That’s because the first season was an adaptation that relied heavily on Margaret Atwood’s book. But the ending is somewhat left open to interpretation. Now, the show will have to expand beyond the world that is described in the book but isn’t actually experienced by the main characters. Will it be successful?

There are still many things we don’t know about Season 2, but there has been some recent exciting casting news and hints from the cast. Here are 8 things we know about this season — including the important new character coming to Season 2.

1. Offred/June will be seeking freedom for herself and unborn child

Offred in a red robe and white head piece.

The show will take a shocking turn. | Hulu

We found out at the end of Season 1 that June is pregnant, which will be a big part of her motivation for the next season.

The show’s description of Season 2 suggests the upcoming episodes are “shaped by Offred’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead.”

Next: The show will focus on resistance differently.

2. There will be multiple forms of protest shown

Offred is in bed looking up at the ceiling in 'The Handmaid's Tale'.

Expect to see plenty more resistance from June. | Hulu

In the first season, we see Offred, also known as June, slowly push back against the system in different ways while her friend, Moira, makes a run for freedom. The theme of these various forms of protest will continue in Season 2.

“There is more than one way to resist,” Elisabeth Moss said, according to GameSpot. “There is resistance within her, and that is a big part of this season.”

Next: The trailer revealed an interesting detail about the format of Season 2.

3. We are getting more flashbacks this season

A group of women are wearing red gowns and white bonnets in 'The Handmaid's Tale'.

Viewers will get more glimpses of the past. | Hulu

In the teaser for the new season, June, Luke, and their daughter are seen together being happy. This is most likely another flashback rather than a tease of a reunion.

So most likely, we will be seeing more glimpses of what life was like before it became a complete and utter mess.

Next: Don’t expect a lighter tone this season.

4. The show will get darker

Offred is sitting in a window sill wearing a red robe and white bonnet.

A dark vibe will take over. | Hulu

The first season was definitely not an easy story to watch. But don’t think it’s all downhill from here. “Season two is going to be bad too, really dark – it’s going to get worse,” Elisabeth Moss told The Pool.

Next: This Hollywood star will be an important new guest star in Season 2. 

5. Marisa Tomei will guest star in the episode about the Colonies

Marisa Tomei smiling while wearing a sparkly dress on a red carpet.

Marisa Tomei will take on an important minor role. | Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Turner Image

Executive producer Warren Littlefield revealed the second episode of the new season will take place in the mysterious Colonies, which we only heard about in the first season.

He also revealed that Marisa Tomei will be making a guest star appearance in that episode, according to GameSpot. She will be a commander’s wife there so it should be an interesting character. Will she lack compassion for the handmaids like Serena Joy? Or will she have a different perspective?

What we already know about the Colonies is that they are areas in North America that are contaminated by radioactive waste. Those who are guilty of serious crimes are sent there to clean it up as punishment. This is basically a slow death sentence given the poor living conditions.

Next: This young actress will be playing a teenager who follows Gilead.

6. Sydney Sweeney will play an ambitious young girl

Sydney Sweeny smiling while sitting outdoors.

This young new actress will also play a new character. | Sydney Sweeney via Instagram

The world of The Handmaid’s Tale will be expanding in Season 2, which means we will be meeting new characters. A young actress cast as Eden has been announced. According to Variety, the character is 15 years old and is “pious and obedient.” She is a follower of the Gilead and wants to one day become a Commander’s wife.

Her first appearance won’t happen until the fifth episode.

Next: This actress will also be a newcomer to the show. 

7. Clea DuVall is also joining the cast as Emily’s wife

Clea DuVall smiling while wearing a tuxedo and tie.

Clea DuVall is also joining the cast. | Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Turner Image

Tomei won’t be the only newcomer on the show. Clea DuVall will be playing Slyvia, who is Emily’s (played by Alexis Bledel) wife, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The two characters reportedly have a son together and tried to escape to Canada, but failed.

Next: This is how the series will show us things we’ve never seen before.

8. Season 2 will be expanding the show’s world

The handmaids lining up in rows on the grass.

Season 2 will explore different areas of Margaret Atwood’s world. | Hulu

The show was limited to the book in the first season, but now it will be taking off to different places. Showrunner Bruce Miller explained:

In the first season we took things that were mentioned in the book and turned them into whole episodes. The second season, really a lot of the stuff we’re doing is still an extrapolation of that world — the colonies, what life is like for refugees and what happens if a handmaid tries to run away. All of those things from Margaret Atwood’s world are still very much a part of our world.

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