The Handmaid's Tale Renewed for Season 3 at Hulu

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The Handmaids still have a lot of stories to tell at Hulu. 

The streaming giant has placed an early order for a third season of the dystopian drama. 

It comes just one week after The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 debuted with a double episode premiere.

Dear God - The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Episode 2

The chilling series focuses on the city of Gilead, a place in which a group of women are stripped of their rights and turned into slaves. 

With a talented cast that includes the likes of Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski and Alexis Bledel, the series emerged as a hit with critics and fans alike. 

Related: The Handmaid's Tale Casts Offred's Mother

It went on to win a series of awards, including the Golden Globe award for Best Drama TV Series. 

According to Hulu, the second season will be "shaped by Offred’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. “Gilead is within you” is a favorite saying of Aunt Lydia." "In Season Two, Offred and all our characters will fight against – or succumb to – this dark truth."

The Handmaid vertical - The Handmaid's Tale

While ratings for streaming shows are not generally released, Hulu touts that the Season 2 premiere doubled the viewership of Season 1. 

A lot of shows get the awards love and little in the way of ratings growth, but it seems like The Handmaid's Tale is a hit. 

The series has already surpassed Margaret Atwood's novel of the same name, so there's no telling when the series will come to an end. 

The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Poster

Okay, The Handmaid's Tale Fanatics. 

What are your thoughts on the early renewal? Are you enjoying the new season? 

Hit the comments below. 

New episodes are released every Tuesday on Hulu. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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The Handmaid's Tale Quotes

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


A window with white curtains. The glass is shatterproof, but it isn't running away that they're afraid of. A Handmaid wouldn't get far. It's those other escapes, the ones you can open in yourself given a cutting edge or a twisted shape and a chandelier. It's harder on Ceremony Day, but thinking can hurt your chances. My name is Offred. I had another name, but it's forbidden now. So many things are forbidden now.