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The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 won’t be arriving any time soon thanks to COVID-19 delays, but Hulu has been kind enough to give us a few great peeks at the upcoming season while we wait. From casting to spoilers to a likely premiere date, TV Guide has been compiling clues about the new season ever since that huge Season 3 finale.

In the finale’s last moments, June (Elisabeth Moss) was in dire straights, bleeding out from a gunshot wound after staging a revolt of Marthas and Handmaids. The cost was high, but miraculously, she did manage to smuggle over 100 children out of Gilead and into Canada, safely into the arms of Moira (Samira Wiley) and Luke (O-T Fagbenle) of all people! As for the Waterfords, their troubles seem to have only just gotten started as they await trial for their war crimes thanks to Serena’s (Yvonne Strahovski) shady deal to be in baby Nicole’s life.

The Handmaid’s Tale spoilers are particularly hard to come by (especially since the gap between Seasons 3 and 4 will be so long), but here’s everything we know about what’s coming our way next season and when answers to all our burning questions might arrive…

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Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

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Its release has officially been pushed to 2021. Though Warren Littlefield told TV Guide that Season 4 was supposed to drop in the Fall of 2020, the spread of COVID-19 threw that plan out the window. Production on Season 4 was suspended due to the spread of coronavirus in March, and Hulu subsequently announced in their NewFronts presentation that the new seasons has officially pushed the release date to 2021. No specific date has been set yet.

“We were two weeks into shooting when we shut down, so we didn’t get a lot in the can,” Elisabeth Moss previously told Deadline“Our writers are still writing, and they’re continuing to write the season obviously remotely from their own homes separately, and that train is still chugging along.”

Production on Season 4 resumed in early September according to Deadline.

The teaser shows Gilead in turmoil. Hulu released a teaser for Season 4, and though there is a lot of recycled footage from earlier seasons, we did get a few peeks at new footage filmed before production had to shut down. We saw Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) raging about June and her uprising and “who knows what kind of atrocities” she’s got up her red sleeve next, and Commander Lawrence (Bradley Whitford) saying that the escaped children are June’s legacy.

It will be 10 episodes. IndieWire confirmed that Season 4 will dial back from the 13-episode format of the past two seasons, clocking in at only 10 episodes. According to executive producer Bruce Miller, the decision was “100 percent creative.”

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June is probably alive. Though Miller wouldn’t confirm whether or not June will survive her gunshot wound, he did say, “We are following June, and June lives in Gilead, and Gilead is not a nice place, and it will continue to be not a nice place. And we try to be very realistic about what would probably happen and how would things work, so over the break we’ve talked to the U.N. and we’ve talked about what happens to rebels in countries like this, so we’re parsing through the possibilities.” If they’re parsing through repercussions for June’s actions, we can only assume she’ll be alive to suffer those consequences.

A new wife will join the cast. Deadline reports that Mckenna Grace has joined the cast of The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4. She will play Mrs. Keyes, a sharply intelligent teenage wife of a much older Commander. Her character description says she has “a rebellious, subversive streak, and is calm and pious on the outside with turmoil, even insanity, on the inside.”

We’ll see an unstable Gilead. Though Gilead’s regime has never been particularly stable, we’ll continue to see those in power wobble and waver in the aftermath of this mass exodus of children. “It’s definitely kind of hitting them,” Miller told TV Guide. “It’s their reason for their existence — reproduction. So when you start taking away those children, I think it’s going to make Gilead very angry.”

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