Based on the 1985 novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale” is a drama web TV series by Bruce Miller for streaming service Hulu. Since its first three episodes premiered on April 26, 2017, the show instantly gained a huge following for its unique plot that follows the how fertile women called “handmaids” were subjected to childbearing slavery during the Second American Civil War.

In May 2017, the show was renewed for a second season followed by the third season after a year. The Handmaid’s Tale won eight primetime Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe for Best Television Series-Drama and a Best Actress award for Elisabeth Moss.

Since then, the anticipation for season 4 built up with its renewal last year, as announced on the show’s social media accounts. Now the question is, when will the new season start airing?

The wait could be longer than usual.

The first two seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale were released in April 2017 and 2018 respectively with season three released a little later in June 2019. But while speculations say that season 4 will be arriving in the summer, TV Guide now says that the show won’t be released until autumn 2020.

Executive producer Warren Littlefield said at the Television Critics Association winter press tour: “We’ll start with principal photography March 2, and we’ll be on in the fall. We have not planned season 4 to be the end, but we also look to Margaret (Atwood)’s book The Testaments and know that that story takes us 15 years into the future.”

The core casts will still be in the show.

Although producers have not yet released any statement about the cast for season 4, most of its leading casts will surely be coming back in the show. This includes Elisabeth Moss as June Osborne, Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia and Yvonne Srahovski as Serena Joy.

The characters of Joseph Fiennes, Alexis Bledel and O.T. Fagbenle will also be likely to make a comeback. Amanda Brugel who plays Rita, however, will not be returning for season 4, as she confirmed with Harper’s Bazaar.

The wait is on.

Season 3 just ended and fans are already looking forward for the next installment, especially after that dramatic ending. But while there are no trailers yet for the fourth season, fans can just enjoy the first three seasons on Hulu and look back at the story that started the huge following and awards for The Handmaid’s Tale.

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