WARNING: This post contains spoilers for the season finale of The Handmaid’s Tale.
There’s more to come in the world of Gilead.
After the acclaimed first season of The Handmaid’s Tale ended on an ambiguous note, series star Elisabeth Moss is excited to see what happens after Offred/June gets into that black van.
Moss notes that the Margaret Atwood novel on which the series is based also leaves room for questions about June’s fate at its end. Now, the actress (who is also a producer on the series) is thrilled there will be some answers.
“For fans of the book, when that book ends, it’s so frustrating because you’re like “Wait, what the f— happens to her?!” You don’t know anything! So for me, as the biggest fan of the book, I’m just excited to see what happens too, I want to know!” she tells EW. “So the fact that we get to continue that story, when do you ever get to do that? That’s so rare. As a fan of a book, to then get to continue the story? Come on — it doesn’t happen, it’s so cool.”
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Without getting into spoiler-y specifics, Moss mentioned June’s pregnancy as one story line that would continue into the next season — and that more aspects of the dystopian world (and words) created in Atwood’s novel could be explored.
“Besides all the obvious stuff of where is she going, is she getting out of Gilead, that kind of thing, the main thing for her is going to be this pregnancy and this baby, bringing this baby into the world and whether or not that’s a good idea, and what she does if it does happen,” she says. “[Showrunner Bruce Miller] and I have been talking a lot, obviously, and there’s so many things that we haven’t explored yet even from the book — so many lines, you know? So much text that we haven’t gotten a chance to even say.”
“And there’s all these other pockets, all these other worlds that we haven’t yet gotten to really explore — there’s the colonies, and you’ve got Moira and Luke now together, and there’s the dynamic of Serena and Offred having this baby between them,” she adds. “There are a lot of places to go, but at the same time, we don’t even know if [June] gets out or not. It’s all very much up in the air, but as a fan of the book, I’m so looking forward to it.”