After the shocking events of the Season 3 finale of The Handmaid's Tale, there are so many balls left up in the air (both in Gilead and in Canada) that the wait for Season 4 is going to seem especially long.
When we last saw June (Elisabeth Moss), she was in dire straights, potentially bleeding out from a gunshot wound. She did, however, manage to smuggle over 100 children out of Gilead, who were later greeted at a Canadian airport by Moira (Samira Wiley) and Luke (O-T Fagbenle). As for the Waterfords, their troubles seem to have only just gotten started as they await trial for their war crimes thanks to Serena's (Yvonne Strahovski) shady deal to be in baby Nicole's life.
The Handmaid's Tale spoilers are particularly hard to come by (especially with Season 4 so far off), but here's everything we know about what's coming down the pipeline next season...
It will likely debut in 2020. Though the show was renewed for Season 4 just weeks ahead of its Season 3 finale, there was no anticipated release schedule included in the renewal news. Showrunner Bruce Miller recently told TV Guide that The Handmaid's Tale writers' room would open for Season 4 on Aug. 12, so there's still a long way to go before new episodes go from the page to the screen. That being said, if Hulu keeps to its previous schedule, the new season should premiere in the spring or early summer of 2020.
June is probably alive. Though Miller wouldn't confirm whether or not June will survive her gunshot wound, he did say, "We are following June, and June lives in Gilead, and Gilead is not a nice place, and it will continue to be not a nice place. And we try to be very realistic about what would probably happen and how would things work, so over the break we've talked to the U.N. and we've talked about what happens to rebels in countries like this, so we're parsing through the possibilities." If they're parsing through repercussions for June's actions, we can only assume she'll be alive to suffer those consequences.
We'll see an unstable Gilead. Though Gilead's regime has never been particularly stable, we'll continue to see those in power wobble and waver in the aftermath of this mass exodus of children. "It's definitely kind of hitting them," Miller told TV Guide. "It's their reason for their existence — reproduction. So when you start taking away those children, I think it's going to make Gilead very angry.
We haven't seen the last of Commander Lawrence (Bradley Whitford). In a surprising twist, Commander Lawrence decided to stay behind in Gilead to try to clean up the mess he'd caused rather than escaping to Canada like he planned. Though nothing is set in stone yet, Miller assured TV Guide that he has every desire to bring Commander Lawrence back for more in Season 4.
We'll learn more about Nick's (Max Minghella) past. Though Nick's past and his role in founding Gilead were in the plans for Season 3, timing just didn't allow the writers the opportunity to explore that storyline. No need to worry though, that backstory is definitely on tap for Season 4.
The Waterfords are in hot water. Fred (Joseph Fiennes) and Serena were both facing criminal trials for war crimes (despite Serena believing she'd gained immunity by handing Fred over), and unless Gilead pulls off a miraculous extradition, we'll probably be heading straight for their trials in Season 4. Don't worry if you're conflicted about Serena's fate, though, as Miller warns you should definitely expect to stay on the fence where she's concerned.
"She does sometimes do things that we think are very understandable and noble and even likable," Miller said. "And then she does so many horrible things. She has so much to answer for, and now she's in a position to answer for the horrible things."
Seasons 1-3 of The Handmaid's Tale are currently streaming on Hulu.