Bradley Whitford Promoted to Series Regular for ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 3

We’ll be seeing more of Gilead’s architect Commander Joseph Lawrence

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When Bradley Whitford returns to Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” for Season 3, it will be as a series regular.

Whitford was introduced at the tail end of Season 2 as the architect of Gilead’s economy, Commander Joseph Lawrence. Showrunner Bruce Miller had told TheWrap back in July that Whitford’s character would return for the third season.

“I think we’re gonna learn a ton about him,” Miller said at the time. “I think the fact that he’s, you know, our Oppenheimer character, the man who designed an atomic bomb and then saw what it could do. I mean, he is a designer of Gilead and now he is seeing what it can do. So he is a mass of contradictions and dangers. So you know you never know what he’s willing to do, what he’s not willing to do.”

And his decision to take Emily (Alexis Bledel) to a rendezvous point to meet June (Elisabeth Moss) and her baby Holly/Nicole to help them escape the dystopian society will most likely have consequences. Now we’ll get to see those consequences… and probably more.

After serving as a supervising producer on the first season, and a consultant this season, Margaret Atwood, who wrote the book the show is based on, will be a co-executive producer for Season 3. “The Handmaid’s Tale” is executive produced by Bruce Miller (who serves as showrunner), Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, Ilene Chaiken and Moss.

Whitford is also set to star in National Geographic’s limited series “Valley of the Boom,” set during Silicon Valley’s tech boom.