THE Handmaid’s Tale boss has revealed how The Testaments will “dictate” season four – but production won’t start until 2020.
The hit Hulu series is based on the acclaimed Margaret Atwood book of the same name which was released in 1985.
The author has just released the highly anticipated sequel, The Testaments, and series editor Wendy Hallam-Martin has revealed it will have a huge influence on the fourth series.
She said: “I don’t think they’ll start production until March.
“They’re already writing so it’s gonna take a while to act out the next season, and then we have Margaret Atwood’s new book coming along the Testaments.
“That will dictate a lot of what happens in the next season and we’ll see where we go with the testaments!”
The delay in production means fans could be waiting until late 2020 to see what happens to June and the rest of Gilead.
The first series of the show followed the original book’s narrative, introducing the readers to a dystopian America where a totalitarian state – Gilead – has overthrown government.
Gilead forces fertile women to become handmaid’s, while men are known as Commanders and use religious fanaticism to justify rape, murder and severely limiting people’s rights.
Meanwhile The Testaments, which was released earlier this month, takes place 15 years after June’s final scene in The Handmaid’s Tale.
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Earlier this month, Ann Dowd, who plays Aunt Lydia on the show, revealed The Testaments means her character will face a “massive catastrophe” in season four.
“It gives a clear indication from the creator of this story of where she will end up and what will happen.
“And that affects the approach in terms of where her mind is going. She’s very savvy, very much a player and knows the politics.
“She’s always thinking, always planning, always assessing. In the end of the last season, you know we’re in trouble, because how many of those young girls got out?
“That is a massive, massive catastrophe, and the fact that Lydia was not onto it in a meaningful way — she’s got some work to do.”
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