HBO’s The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 – Manila Bulletin

When it comes to dystopian limited series airing on our favorite platforms that have managed to blend high drama, with great acting chops and ominous elements of the near future, The Handmaid’s Tale is bound to be in the conversation. Now in its 5th season; this series, based on the 1985 novel of the same title by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, received numerous Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and wins. It has earned Elisabeth Moss, who plays central character June Osborne, a host of acting accolades and awards.

Created by Bruce Miller, the series debuted in 2017 and hasn’t looked back since. Atwood came up with a sequel novel, The Testaments, a few years ago; and it will soon be woven into the narrative of the hit series. But for now, the buzz around HBO Go is about the fifth season, and how it is recovering from the aftermath of the pivotal event that ended season 4. It was the death/murder of Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes ), at the hands (and teeth) of June and her accomplices. If you recall, June, renamed Offred, was assigned as a servant to the home of Waterford and his wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski), two of the founders of the totalitarian Gilead state.

So the challenge facing season 5 is how to offer redeeming qualities to June, given the extremes she resorted to at the end of season 4. Yes, one can understand her motivation to inflict lethal damage on Waterford. But our empathy with her takes on a new course when she has acted on those deadly thoughts and put them into action. For four seasons now, Moss and her alter ego June have been the poster boys for the oppression and slavery of procreation, and we’ve sympathized with her separation from her husband and child, and how she was ‘doomed’. to this existence as a servant. . Now she’s on the run, and it’s interesting how this season’s arc can keep us by her side.

An online media event with the producers and some cast members took place the other week. And even though Elisabeth Moss wasn’t among the cast joining the roundtable, it was easy to see how so many of the characters resonated and became media and audience favorites. Ann Dowd, who plays Aunt Lydia, is one such character, and her character’s development over the seasons was a hot topic.

The new and penultimate season of The Handmaid’s Tale will be released on September 15 on HBO Go. For those who have followed the series over the years, this is a highly anticipated event. If you haven’t been following the show, now is a good time to catch up and understand why critics and audiences have welcomed the show with open arms. It’s dark and tragic, but it’s also an examination of humanity in the time of darkness.



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