The Handmaid’s Tale may be coming to an end. Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer, O-T Fagbenle, Amanda Brugel, Bradley Whitford, and Sam Jaeger star in the Hulu series which is based on the novel by Margaret Atwood.
As the show’s writers work on scripts for the fifth season of the drama, Jordan Helman, spoke about the future of the series with Deadline. The Head of Scripted Originals at Hulu said the following about the drama series:
“The success of The Handmaid’s Tale remains paramount for us. That said, what is also most important to us is that we close out that show in creative fashion that feels organic so we are in constant communication, literally right now, talking with Bruce [Miller], Lizzie [Moss] and Warren [Littlefield], about what the best way to end The Handmaid’s Tale is. We haven’t landed on an answer… I imagine we’re going to be able to answer that question in the coming months.”
Though Handmaid’s Tale may be close to the end, Atwood’s work will continue on the streaming service. The Testaments is a 2019 novel that picks up the Handmaid’s story 15 years later and will be the basis for a new show. Helman said the following about the adaptation:
“The conversation around The Testaments is tied to conversations around The Handmaid’s Tale. Margaret Atwood’s work has become an incredibly important brand signifier for us at Hulu and so what we want to do is to ensure that we introduce the world of The Testaments in a way that feels organic to the work that has already been done on the platform. The two questions are tied. The birth of The Testaments on Hulu and the eventual end of The Handmaid’s Tale are related, we’re figuring out that as we speak.”
It’s understandable that Hulu wants to keep Handmaid’s going in some way as the show is one of the most popular series on Hulu. The fourth season made up the most-watched episodes on the streaming service, and viewership was up 32% from season three.
What do you think? Do you want The Handmaid’s Tale to continue on Hulu? Are you interested in The Testaments?