The Handmaid's Tale: Amanda Brugel Upped To Series Regular!

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With The Handmaid's Tale returning for another season, a lot of fans have been questioning which actors will be series regulars.

Now we know that there will be a lot more Rita. 

Amanda Brugel

The Hulu drama series has promoted Amanda Brugel to a full-fledged series regular for Season 2, which is set to debut on the streamer in 2018. 

Brugel's character works as a Martha for the Waterford family and appeared in nine out of ten episodes of The Handmaid's Tale Season 1, so it was only a matter of time before the promotion was announced. 

If you watch The Handmaid's Tale online, you will already know that Offred was taken away from the Waterford family on The Handmaid's Tale Season 1 Episode 10

Hey There - The Handmaid's Tale Season 1 Episode 9

Viewers were left in the lurch about where she was sent to, and whether she was going to be safe after the revelation that she was pregnant with Nick's baby. 

Despite many arguments, the Waterfords seemed genuinely concerned for her well-being and where she was being sent to, but Brugel's promotion essentially confirms the Waterfords will continue to be a part of the new run of episodes. 

Are they only interested in her for the baby? That will be one of the bigger questions when the show returns. 

A Confrontation - The Handmaid's Tale Season 1 Episode 10

Rita was skeptical of Offred when she was first placed with the family, but she gradually grew to like her as the first season continued, with Offred trusting her enough to tell her about the parcel under the bath tub. 

It was previously announced that Alexis Bledel would return as a full-time member of the cast for the thirteen episode sophomore run.

Brugel has previously appeared in Orphan Black, Eye Witness, and Covert Affairs. 

Production is scheduled to commence next month in Toronto. 

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The Handmaid's Tale Quotes

Ruthless. I remember thinking they are fucking ruthless. Where does it come from? This talent for ruthlessness. Seems so easy for them. For these men, for men like these. That show they won I suppose. It isn't about being right or having the people or God on your side. It isn't anything that grandiose. In the end, victory goes to the hardest heart. To the ruthless go the spoils. Fifty-two kids will be brought to the Lawrence house after sunset. We will move in darkness. We can hide in the dark at least. We have a chance at least. If there is actually a Martha network. If this all isn't a trap set by the eyes, I will get the children to the airport. The plane leaves at midnight. Because I am ruthless.


A priest, a doctor, a gay man. I think I heard that joke once. This wasn't the punchline.