'Handmaid's Tale' season 2 photos look bloody terrifying

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Margaret [Atwood] (who wrote the original books upon which the show is based) and I had started to talk about the shape of season 2 halfway through the first.

The Handmaid's Tale has been one of the biggest television hits of the last season, having won eight Emmy Awards and recently taking home Best Drama at last week's Golden Globes. Alexis Bledel, who originally played Ofglen, has also been promoted to a series regular for the second season.

While HBO's Big Little Lies was the top victor at last weekend's Golden Globes ceremony, The Handmaid's Tale didn't walk away empty handed. Season two will premiere on Hulu in April 2018.

Another shows a group of women trudging through an empty rural field, guarded by a man on horseback. There seem to be two different "classes" of people in the image, one being herded and the other doing the herding.

The disturbing landscape forbids women from working or being out in public alone; refers to homosexuals as "gender traitors", and forces women to become breeding factories in a world where a government conspiracy led to a dwindling in fertility rates. Might this be our first look at the Colonies?

The website revealed three brand new stills from the series' second season on Friday (January 12)- including a striking image of a bloodied up Offred (Elisabeth Moss). Detail of the upcoming sophomore season is still kept being under wraps, but showrunner Bruce Miller tells Entertainment Weekly that in the upcoming scene which features a handmaid's funeral in Gilead, "everything from the design of their costumes to the way they look is so chilling". They wear black long dresses and hats while covering their faces and arms with red fabrics.

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