'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 5 Teaser Gives Serena an International Audience

Serena's influence is growing in 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 5.
by Danielle Turchiano — 

Yvonne Strahovski in 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 5


The Handmaid's Tale Season 4 ended with June (Elisabeth Moss) finally taking a fatal stand against her greatest Gilead abuser Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes), and that will not come without consequences, as the Season 5 teaser reveals.

Perhaps the biggest consequence is that Serena Waterford (Yvonne Strahovski) is empowered by her husband's murder. She gets to play the grieving widow, which gains her some sympathy and perhaps new followers, and it also gives her an international stage on which to play when his funeral is broadcast in Canada.

June will likely struggle with not being truly rid of the Waterfords in her life, as well as with redefining who she is and what her purpose is now that she has left Gilead and been reunited with her husband Luke (O-T Fagbenle) and youngest child but is still trying to reunite with her elder daughter. But, as always, she is prepared to fight.

Meanwhile, back in Gilead proper, Commander Joseph Lawrence (Bradley Whitford) works with Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) to try to reform that society and rise in power himself.

The show also stars Max Minghella, Samira Wiley, Madeline Brewer, Amanda Brugel, and Sam Jaeger. 

The Handmaid's Tale currently has a Metascore of 82 for the first four seasons. The fifth season review embargo has not yet lifted. The new episodes premiere Sept. 14 on Hulu. 

The show comes from executive producers Bruce Miller, Warren Littlefield, Moss, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, Eric Tuchman, Yahlin Chang, Rachel Skukert, Sheila Hockin, John Weber, Frank Siracusa, Steve Stark, and Kim Todd. The series is produced and internationally distributed by MGM.