The Handmaid's Tale: Ann Dowd says Lydia has love for June
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The Handmaid’s Tale hasn’t been on screens in quite a while, since the last episode aired in August 2019. But fans can expect more than ever from the show, with season four teased to come out later in 2021. And with season five already being written and a new spin-off show, The Testaments also in development, it looks like there’s plenty of drama ahead for June (Elisabeth Moss).
Series producer Bruce Miller recently revealed what new characters viewers can expect to get to know next season.
McKenna Grace, 14, from Young Sheldon and The Haunting of Hill House will play a young wife in the Gilead tradition.
“She’s so spectacular in the show,” said Miller. “I’ve just been watching the first few episodes because I’m finally doing some editing, and she’s just wonderful.”
The producer also revealed that the teen actress will be playing mostly opposite Elisabeth Moss, when he said: “Watching her and Lizzie together, it’s great.”
At the end of season three, the show left June in the worst state she has ever been.
After freeing tens of children by helping them cross the border to Canada, June herself wasn’t able to cross as she was shot and was carried away by other handmaids.
As she is presumably still stuck inside Gilead, June will meet a bunch of new faces.
“June comes in contact with a lot of different people in the season, a lot more than usual, I would say,” said Miller.
“Because June is moving through a new world, at least at the beginning she’s out and about. And who do you interact with, and who do you trust?
“So the guest players have been so important this season, and they’ve been for the first few episodes, so good. And honestly, they’ve had to travel extra distances, they had to stay in hotel rooms for two weeks,” added Miller.
“It’s not been easy, and they’re absolutely putting their A-plus work in, even though I know how difficult it has been for them to get there.”
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During the chat with the Hollywood Reporter, he also revealed that Moira (Samira Wiley) is to receive a new girlfriend.
“We have a few people coming in: Zawe Ashton is going to play Moira’s girlfriend and an aid worker in Toronto,” said Miller.
Throughout the show, viewers were shown flashbacks of Moira’s life before Gilead, where she was together with her fiancée Odette (Rebecca Rittenhouse).
Since she escaped Gilead to find asylum in Toronto, Moira hasn’t formed any romantic relationships with anyone, so fans can get excited to see a new side to this character.
Reed Birney, from House of Cards, plays someone from the world of Gilead “who’s unexpectedly not Reed Birney-ish,” described Miller.
The show started filming season four at the start of 2020 but had to stop due to the pandemic, which has delayed the season by a year.
Although a teaser for the new season was already released, the show hasn’t wrapped filming yet and it has been reported they are about halfway done.
However, Miller assured viewers that they shouldn’t expect a COVID-19 storyline in season four: “It just feels like it’s a good time to reassess what you were thinking, just because the story world has opened up because the real world has changed so much.”
The Handmaid’s Tale seasons 1-3 are available to stream on Amazon Prime Video now.
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