The Handmaid's Tale

Hulu’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ became a surprise awards darling last year, racking up a slew of accolades including a Prime Time Emmy For Alexis Bledel, who took home the gold for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Ofglen.  One lingering question from Season One is what became of her character, Ofglen/Emily.  After her affair with Martha is discovered, she was sent away.

In Season Two, viewers will catch up to her in the harshest of environments in the already dire Republic of Gilead– The Colonies. Here is your first look at Bledel in The Colonies:

THE HANDMAID’S TALE — The Emmy-winning drama series returns with a second season shaped by Offred’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. ‘Gilead is within you’ is a favorite saying of Aunt Lydia. In Season Two, Offred and all our characters will fight against or succumb to this dark truth. Ofglen (Alexis Bledel), shown. (Photo by:George Kraychyk/Hulu)

The Colonies are the wastelands of America, ravaged by pollution and radiation and no one ever returns once they are sent there.  Emily won’t be the only character to pop up in The Colonies– which will be getting a heavy focus in the second season.  Janine/Ofwarren (Madeline Brewer) was also sent there after nearly being executed in the Season One finale.

There will also be one new face in The Colonies– Marissa Tomei will play the wife of a commander, but little else– including her character’s name– has been revealed.

Showrunner Bruce Miller discussed bringing the established star on to the show’s second season:

“She was interested in the show and wanted to be on the show.  There was a character we were thinking about very early on, and we thought she would be wonderful for her. We spoke about her independently. Those things just came together in a great way. Marisa and I had a couple of conversations beforehand. It’s hard to do what she’s doing: dropping out of the sky on the second season of a show that’s so specific in terms of its world. You feel like the new kid on the block. Some of the talks we had were very practical: ‘It’s going to be freezing. You’re in the colonies, which are no fun. We don’t do hair and makeup, really.’ But we also talked a lot about the character she’s playing, who is the wife of a commander, and how she’s integrated her relationship with God and her faith into her life, and the mistakes she’s made, and whether God is forgiving her for those mistakes.”

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ returns to Hulu on April 25, with the first two new episodes and with subsequent new episodes available weekly on Wednesdays.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter