Hulu dropped the trailer for the third season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” during Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, revealing where we will find Offred/June (Elisabeth Moss) when the streamer’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel picks up again: on the National Mall in DC leading what appears to be an army of handmaids.
The 1-minute, 14-second trailer — which was released online after the 30-second ad aired during the game — features June recounting her journey thus far. “I was asleep before, that’s how we let it happen,” she says, narrating scenes of the carnage to come. “When they slaughtered Congress, we didn’t wake up. When they blamed terrorists and suspended the Constitution, we didn’t wake up then either. Now I’m awake.”
“They should have never given us uniforms if they didn’t want us to be an army,” June says as the trailer comes to a close, with her standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in front of a giant crowd of handmaids.
Per Hulu: “‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ spot takes inspiration from Ronald Reagan’s iconic ‘Morning in America’ campaign commercial to creatively set-up the storyline for the upcoming season, which features themes of optimism, hope and renewal as characters attempt to take a stand against Gilead. The first sneak peek into season three shows the heroine June sharing a bold call to action for America, the country Gilead was born out of, to ‘Wake Up.'”
The Season 2 finale of the Bruce Miller-created drama, titled “The Word,” ended with Moss’ character making a giant sacrifice, by giving her baby girl Holly/Nicole to Emily (Alexis Bledel) to look after, instead of joining the two on their free ride out of the dystopian society. Instead, the mother of two decides to go against the plan carried out with help from a ton of Marthas on Wednesday’s episode and stay behind.
According to Hulu, the third season will be “driven by June’s resistance to the dystopian regime of Gilead and her struggle to strike back against overwhelming odds. Startling reunions, betrayals, and a journey to the terrifying heart of Gilead force all characters to take a stand, guided by one defiant prayer: ‘Blessed be the fight.'”
No launch date has been set for “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 3.
Watch the full trailer above and the Super Bowl TV spot below.