According to new reports, Oscar victor Marisa Tomei is set to guest star in the upcoming season of The Handmaid's Tale! In turn, a central theme of the 13-episode second season, which moves past its source material, will be motherhood, with Offred determined to shield her future child from the horrors of Gilead.
We also see a haunted-looking Serena Joy, an anguished Aunt Lydia (who was shown to be steadily more and more conflicted last time around), and Commander Waterford apparently preparing to execute a prisoner.
As anyone who's seen the first trailer for season two (featuring a most appropriate cover of Buffalo Springfield's classic protest song, For What It's Worth), will know, numerous other central characters are no longer in Gilead. The photo shows Offred, whose real name is June, wearing a blood-soaked tank top with a faraway look on her face.
The second season will kick off with two episodes dropping on Hulu on Wednesday, April 25th.
The Handmaid's Tale won big at the Golden Globes and Critics' Choice Awards over the past week. Coming from showrunner Bruce Miller, The Handmaid's Tale also stars Alexis Bledel, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Ann Dowd and Max Minghella.
"The biggest barrier to Season 2 is always Season 1", Miller said, acknowledging how high the bar is for the show. "You sort of intimidate yourself. Instead, you just have to do not forget to try and tell a good story".
He also advised fans now to try and predict what was going to happen in season two based off what happened in season one. He continues, "These scenes that are so lovely, while set in such a bad place, provide the kind of contrast that makes me happy". Not too much is given away, but things look "complicated" for Elisabeth Moss' Offred and the season finale revelation that closed out the debut showing.