The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 (2018)



Critic Consensus: Beautifully shot but dishearteningly relevant, The Handmaid's Tale centers its sophomore season tightly around its compelling cast of characters, making room for broader social commentary through more intimate lenses.


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Air date: Apr 25, 2018
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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.

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All Critics (94) | Top Critics (30)

There's just so much here that doesn't make sense to me. I was willing to turn a blind eye (hello Janine) to much of it but after that ending, I'm sorry. My suspension of disbelief is officially suspended.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

The first two episodes made available for review were a confident return, a vengeful approach that offers no reprieve from the stark intensity of its cocoon.

May 10, 2018 | Full Review…
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The fourth [episode is]... the show's best depiction to date of how unearned guilt holds a vice on one's identity, fragmenting it into abstract concepts of good and evil that leave no space for the true essence of humanity.

Apr 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Handmaid's Tale had a tough act to follow, but its second coming soars on multiple levels

Apr 25, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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The most compelling scenes in the new season are the ones that explore how exactly Gilead took over America, and that draw on contemporary events and figures with eerie relevance.

Apr 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Prime examples of the The Handmaid's Tale ability to crush hope. But they also expand the world of Gilead beyond the Waterford domicile of misery and abuse.

Apr 26, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Sifting through themes of faith, abandonment, and responsibility, The Handmaid's Tale season 2 is a powerful return to a world that none of us want to live in.

Feb 16, 2019 | Full Review…

In a media landscape where shows can run as long or as short as they need to, having one that finally shapes its narrative to meet the underlying moral is as timely as the cautionary tale it's telling.

Jan 31, 2019 | Full Review…

[It] feels almost hollow, a somewhat soulless recreation of aspects of the first season that places emphasis on a visceral shock value rather than anything else

Jan 21, 2019 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

As always, the acute feelings of both hope and misery hinge on the incredible talents of Elisabeth Moss.

Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…

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