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"We were asleep before. Now we're awake," were the chilling words accompanying the season three trailer of Hulu's breakout dystopian hit, The Handmaid's Tale.
While most of us sit here and obsess over the teaser in anticipation for the show to drop this summer, a number of lucky people across the pond enjoyed a juicy insight into what's to come when the production crew headed over to the landmark Washington monument, the National Mall.
Spoilers for Handmaids Tale Season 3: here on set in DC and Offred, Serena, and Fred are all here for some sort of ceremony #handmaidstale pic.twitter.com/MRWwXmZJrl
- Steven (@hashtagsteven) February 15, 2019
A flurry of excited social media posts showed a group of handmaids at the Lincoln Memorial, where the production team were shooting scenes yesterday, as well as some snapshots of an evidently distressing ceremony involving June (Elisabeth Moss), Serena (Yvonne Strahovski) and the dastardly Waterford (Joseph Fiennes).
According to Washingtonian, Fiennes could be heard saying, "Lord above, we beseech you. Hear our prayer," before all the handmaids knelt in unison - enough info to pique the curiosity of all the THT fans out there (me included). Apparently over 200 actors were on site for the day-long production.
More pics from #TheHandmaidsTale filming at the Lincoln Memorial. #dc @juliemason @DCist @PoPville pic.twitter.com/9Oay5NKUUr
- Phil Yabut (@philliefan_99) February 15, 2019
We kinda already knew the handmaids were headed to the country's capital (the country being Gilead, in this case) thanks to the trailer, which dropped during the Super Bowl earlier this month.
Following a satirical take on Ronald Reagan's famous 'Morning in America' campaign ad, as June whispers, "Wake up America, morning's over," we're shown a shot of hundreds of handmaids congregated at the D.C. monument, which appears to have been converted into a cross.
At the end of season two (spoiler alert!), Offred aka June, made the brutal decision to send her baby to safety in Canada, while she stayed behind in the authoritarian regime of Gilead in a bid to find her first child, Hannah.
As shown by the recent scenes and the indication from the trailer, our protagonist is set to run into some serious trouble when she returns. Needless to say, it looks like season three is going to be as dystopian, disturbing and distressing as ever... all aboard the hype train, people!
Season three of The Handmaid's Tale is set to hit Hulu in the US on 5 June 2019, with an expected close release date on Channel 4 in the UK.
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