The Handmaid's Tale Season 4 — start date, plot, cast and everything you need to know

The Handmaid's Tale Season 4.
Actresses film The Handmaid's Tale on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (Image credit: Getty Images)

The Handmaid's Tale Season 4 is on the horizon! Fans have had a long wait, as the newest installment was delayed even before coronavirus affected filming.

Star Elisabeth Moss told DigitalSpy (opens in new tab): “Part of the reason why it’s taken a little bit longer, besides just timing, is that we are making it a bit of a bigger season this year. We’re really stretching the limits of our capabilities, production-wise, and we’re on the move a lot.”

So with the fourth season sounding like it's going to be bigger (and better?), fans are on the edge of their seat to find out what happens next after that intense finale. 

**The remainder of this post contains spoilers for The Handmaid's Tale Season 3**

Fans were rooting for June (Moss) to finally flee Gilead, but she once again risked her own safety to ensure others could flee to Canada first. Instead of saving herself, she helped children, the Handmaids and Marthas make their way to a plane so they could fly to safety and claim asylum. 

But June's fight is far from over, and now she can work to destroy Gilead from the inside. She also needs to save her eldest daughter, who was taken from her and given to a new family when the terrifying society was first formed. So June has a lot of work to do, and we're sure this season will be just as gripping as its predecessors.

Meanwhile, Serena Joy Waterford is in Canadian custody and betrayed her husband Fred, so the future is not looking bright for Gilead's most hated woman.

What's next for The Handmaid's Tale? Here's everything we know so far...

The Handmaid's Tale' Season 4 release date

The Handmaid's Tale season 4 returns on Wednesday, April 28, with new episodes dropping every week in the US. The third season aired back in 2019, so fans have been waiting a long time to see what happens next!

The new season will be available on Hulu in the US, and Channel 4 in the UK. Those watching in the UK will be able to see it on June 20 at 9 pm.

If you need to catch up, all three previous seasons are still available on Hulu and can be purchased on Prime Video.

In the UK, viewers can stream seasons 1-3 on Prime Video (opens in new tab).

The Handmaid's Tale Season 4 plot

Hulu has been drawing a bit of attention to June and Nick's relationship on the show's Twitter (opens in new tab) account in the run-up to the new season. Based on this and what happened in the previous season, it seems very likely that there will be a big focus on June's relationship with Nick, as well as how everyone is coping since their escape to Canada.

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It's almost certain that June will have a plan to hit back at Gilead... maybe this will even be the season where she finally makes her escape?

There are plenty of twists and turns going on in The Handmaid's Tale with many complex relationships. Many of the handmaids, June included, have family and loved ones in the outside world so there's a possibility we'll get to learn more about them, too.

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Elisabeth Moss will return as June for season four of The Handmaid's Tale. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Who will star in The Handmaid's Tale Season 4?

Most of the main characters from The Handmaid's Tale are set to return for season 4, as we still have plenty of unsolved storylines and questions. 

What will happen to Serena Joy now she's in Canadian custody? What will Luke do with the key evidence that June smuggled to him? Could we see June reunited with her daughter? There's a lot of mystery that Season 3 set up, and we're expecting the following actors to return:

  • Elisabeth Moss (June)
  • Alexis Bledel (Emily)
  • Joseph Fiennes (Commander Fred Waterford)
  • Yvonne Strahovski (Serena Joy Waterford)
  • Samira Wiley (Moira)
  • Madeline Brewer (Janine)
  • O-T Fagbenle (Luke)
  • Max Minghella (Nick)
  • Anna Dowd (Aunt Lydia)
Lucy Buglass
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