The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 (2018)


Season 2
The Handmaid's Tale

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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.



Critic Ratings: 100


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Air date: Apr 25, 2018

Offred reckons with the consequences of a dangerous decision while haunted by memories from her past and the violent beginnings of Gilead.

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Air date: Apr 25, 2018

Offred adjusts to a new way of life. The arrival of an unexpected person disrupts the Colonies. A family is torn apart by the rise of Gilead.

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Air date: May 2, 2018

Offred reflects on her relationship with her mother as she navigates her way through Gilead. In Little America, Moira tries to cope with the trauma she endured.

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Air date: May 9, 2018

A baby shower provokes a troubling shift in Offred's relationship with Serena Joy. Offred reckons with the choice she made that led her to become a Handmaid.

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Air date: May 16, 2018

Offred spirals as a Gilead ceremony disrupts her relationship with Nick; Janine tries to adjust to life in the Colonies, jeopardizing her friendship with Emily.

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Air date: May 23, 2018

Offred finds unexpected allies and obstacles in her search for a way to protect Hannah. The Commander prepares for the dedication of a new Red Center. Nick struggles with his new assignment.

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Air date: May 30, 2018

An incident sends shockwaves through both Gilead and Little America. Serena Joy makes a dangerous choice in order to protect her family. Moira searches for someone from her past.

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Air date: Jun 6, 2018

A sick baby tests Offred and Serena; Janine finally faces Naomi.

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Air date: Jun 13, 2018

The Waterfords embark on a diplomatic trip abroad; Serena faces the temptation of life outside Gilead; Luke and Moira grapple with survivor's guilt; Offred seeks support from allies.

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Air date: Jun 20, 2018

A frustrated Serena becomes desperate; the Commander tries to make amends with Offred; Nick pushes Eden farther away; Offred is faced with an unexpected reunion.

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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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Critic Reviews for The Handmaid's Tale Season 2

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (36)

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…

The Handmaid's Tale is powerful and propulsive. After the first three episodes, when the horrors become more predictable, it's even pretty watchable.

Apr 24, 2018 | Full Review…
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Still excellent, still a desperately bleak downer.

Apr 23, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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I was blown away by the first hours of the new season, which are so gripping that my blood pressure rose right along with my admiration for everyone behind this series.

Apr 23, 2018 | Full Review…

This was, in my view, the perfect conclusion to a middle-brow stinker...

May 7, 2019 | Full Review…

The constant to-and-fro of hope and despair, the sheer defiance in the era of #MeToo, and the ever-enthralling talent of Elisabeth Moss make The Handmaid's Tale one of the most gripping TV shows to date.

Jul 13, 2018 | Full Review…

The Handmaid's Tale has returned with a searing second season that dwells on how the spirit of Gilead, where women have no control over their bodies, has always been alive in the real world.

Mar 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Once again, The Handmaid's Tale ignores the realities of racial history to tell a colourblind story of struggle that erases the contributions of black and brown women.

Mar 9, 2019 | Full Review…

If The Handmaid's Tale has any story to tell us about current conditions at all, it is this: progressive white women from good homes were waiting for a show that depicted their class as resilient, traumatised sex slaves.

Mar 1, 2019 | 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…

Audience Reviews for The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2

  • Sep 07, 2020
    Just as riveting as season one, the team taking Margaret Atwood's inspired world and running with it.
  • Aug 28, 2020
    Great. Season 1 is the best, but this one is insane and psychological. Season 3 is meh.
  • Jul 20, 2020
    Interesting take on "what happened after?" that was not explored in the novel. I found the development of her relationships interesting and showing life of refugees in Canada added another side (though there are a lot of issues with how they portray that experience). The ending of the season however made no sense at all and seemed like a betrayal of the lead character.
  • Jun 02, 2020
    Elisabeth Moss performance is incredible
  • May 13, 2020
    In Season 2 of The Handmaid's Tale, the writers had to go off-book and create their own material. This results in a good, but uneven, season. The cinematography, music, and acting are still excellent as before. New elements of the show's universe, such as the colonies where women are worked to death, are introduced seamlessly and make for shocking scenes and beautiful visuals. We also get new backstory which helps us understand its characters and world better. However, the writing can be lacking, with characters' personalities changing between episodes. The writers also do not move the story and characters forward, finding ways to undo a lot of developments, as if they are afraid to alter the status quo of the show. This can be frustrating since it feels as if the plot and characters never progress. However, for fans of the show and universe, it is worth powering through to see the truly excellent moments.
  • May 03, 2020
    They start to run out of arguments by Season 2
  • Apr 16, 2020
    في مستقبل خيالي تتمكن ديكتاتورية دينية من السيطرة على الولايات المتحدة، لتقوم بعملية قلب للمفاهيم والقيم، يحكي المسلسل حياة سيدة تم استعبادها في المجتمع الجديد (جلياد) وكيف تمكنت مع مجموعة من الإماء من عمل تنظيم سري استطاع هدم النظام الجديد من الداخل. ويصور المسلسل بدقة كيف ستبدو الحياة/القيم/المفاهيم في ظل ديكتاتورية دينية (ثيوقراطية - نَصيّة)؟
  • Apr 14, 2020
    Though still evolving plot-wise, the series start to downfall in second season. Mainly the problem is in repetition of plot twists and hardly believable luck of Moss' heroine.
  • Feb 05, 2020
    Knowing where this season is leading has really enhanced it. Heroines are not born, they are made, and in this season you get to see that sometimes difficult process play out. Brilliant
  • Jan 29, 2020
    Amazing season! Really interesting

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