In the First Trailer for The Handmaid's Tale Season 3, the Revolution's Real Work Begins

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It might take a spark to ignite a revolution, but keeping it going takes work. Luckily, as we see in the first trailer for season three of The Handmaid’s Tale, June is rolling up her red sleeves, finding herself some new allies, and getting down to the business of taking back her freedom.


The second season of The Handmaid’s Tale ended with the controversial decision to have June/Offred (Elisabeth Moss) choose to stay behind in Gilead, instead of escaping with Emily (Alexis Bledel) and her newborn baby, Nicole. She said it was because she couldn’t bear to leave her other daughter, Hannah, behind—but it also looks like she’s got other plans.

June is on the ground floor of a rising rebellion—one which, according to Gilead, doesn’t even exist. It’s a movement that requires the help of new friends and frenemies, like Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) and perhaps even Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd). Though I can’t see how she would be keen to help overthrow Gilead, especially after getting literally stabbed in the back by Emily.


Meanwhile, it looks like Emily has made it out of Gilead with Nicole. Praise Be! If she made it to Canada (given how we see Luke with a baby, seems likely), that could spell trouble for both Luke and international relations. Gilead really doesn’t like it when people take “their” babies. But, based on this new poster from Hulu, it looks like the women in and out of Gilead are ready for the fight.

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The Handmaid’s Tale returns on June 5.

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These were the borders revealed in the season 2 finale. Gilead controls most of the midwest and northeast. However, the south and the west coast seems to be in open rebellion, the border with Canada is heavy with activity from resistance groups, and from the look of the map, “the colonies” are the areas around St. Louis, Phoenix, San Diego, and Los Angeles.

On a practical level, how would a society like this not collapse for just economic reasons? Gilead has purposely removed half of the population from the workforce, meaning women will contribute almost nothing to gross domestic product (GDP). While some women are shown doing service jobs, like cooking and cleaning, the limits of being forbidden from reading and writing means they, and most certainly the generation of illiterate females which comes next, can’t be skilled labor. Also, since women are non-persons, it’s unlikely they can hold property or spend beyond what they’re allowed in their roles as homemakers. The structure of Gilead’s society doesn’t seem like it serves any of the industries we know today, and probably has pissed away many of the advantages of the American economy. Consumer goods beyond necessities aren’t apparent (e.g., I doubt anyone is carrying an iPhone, electronics like televisions aren’t present in the homes we’ve seen so far, and things like clothing differences and other aspects of individual expression are gone), and I doubt many multinational corporations want to invest in the Christian dictatorship version of North Korea. Mention is made in the first season of an embargo/sanctions Gilead, and problems with Gilead’s currency. Maybe in a world affected by fertility problems, pollution, and climate change (i.e., the Mexican ambassador states their staple crops are having problems growing) the bottom has already fallen out of the world economy. But still, stability is always better in economic terms, and Gilead seems like a society that would be a disaster from day one.