After 84 long years (not really, but it has been almost two years), The Handmaid’s Tale will finally return to screens for its fourth season. Here’s everything you need to know about it, from the Aussie premiere date to the brand new trailer.

When does season 4 premiere in Australia?

The Handmaid’s Tale season 4 will premiere exclusively on SBS and SBS On demand on April 29, which is basically the same day as the US premiere because of the time difference.

In the meantime, you can find seasons 1 to 3 on Stan now.

What is The Handmaid’s Tale season 4 about?

The synopsis is as follows:

“In the upcoming fourth season of The Handmaid’s Tale, June (Elisabeth Moss) strikes back against Gilead as a fierce rebel leader, but the risks she takes bring unexpected and dangerous new challenges. Her quest for justice and revenge threatens to consume her and destroy her most cherished relationships.”

Is there a trailer?


Hulu, the show’s home in America, also unleashed a teaser trailer in early March.

How many episodes are there in season 4?

Season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale will have a 10-episode run, which is three less than the last two seasons.

Showrunner Bruce Miller told IndieWire it was a completely creative decision. Season 4 just didn’t need to be 13 episodes long, basically.

“From my point of view, [the decision] was 100% creative,” Miller said.

“Some storylines just seem to shake out as a 10-episode story, in my eyes.”

Who will return for season 4?

Well, we know June’s definitely coming back, so you can count in Elisabeth Moss.

Joining her is Joseph Fiennes as Commander Fred, Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy, Samira Wiley as Moira, Alexis Bledel as Emily, Madeline Brewer as Janine, O-T Fagbenle as Luke, Max Minghella as Nick, Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia, Bradley Whitford as Commander Joseph Lawrence, Clea DuVall as Sylvia, and Amanda Brugel as Rita.

Sam Jaeger, who played American operative Mark Tuello, has also been upped to a series regular for season 4.

Will there be any new characters in season 4?

Sure sounds like it!

Chatting to The Hollywood Reporter in 2019, Elisabeth Moss spoke about what to expect in season 4.


“We spent the whole season three with June in a new house with Bradley Whitford as Commander Lawrence,” Moss told THR.

“Obviously, June’s going to need to find a new fucking place to live. I don’t think she’s going back to that house! It’s an opportunity for a new location, a new world, a new part of the world to show and new characters.”

Haunting star Mckenna Grace officially joined the cast last September.

Will there be a season 5?

Hell yes!

The Handmaid’s Tale was renewed for a fifth season last December, with the cast announcing the very good news in a video. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: I am impressed by any show that is renewed past its second season in this day and age. RIP to half of my Netflix faves.

Plus, Hulu has picked up the rights to The Testaments, the sequel to Margaret Atwood‘s The Handmaid’s Tale. 

The Testaments picks up 15 years after The Handmaid’s Tale, and is no longer narrated by June. Instead, it is narrated by three women, including Aunt Lydia.

“Although I could not continue with the story of Offred, I could continue with three other people concerned in these events and tell the story of the beginning of the end, because we know from The Handmaid’s Tale that Gilead vanishes,” Atwood said about her book.

Praise be.