The Handmaid’s Tale is returning for a third season later this year, and a recent teaser showed a group of handmaids gathered on the National Mall in Washington D.C., with the famed National Monument transformed into a giant, imposing cross in the background.
This week, locals in Washington got a glimpse of the production as it filmed scenes in the U.S. capital, and with scores of women in red robes gathering around the Lincoln Memorial, and many were struck by the sight of a fictional dystopia unfolding just down the street from Donald Trump‘s house.
When Handmaid’s Tale is filming right around the corner from the office 👀 pic.twitter.com/FjIqcdwRBh
— Rima Mandwee (@RimaMandwee) February 15, 2019
Numerous photos were shared on social media, and Elisabeth Moss‘ character June was spotted in a scene, kneeling in front of Joseph Fiennes‘ Commander Waterfort and Yvonne Strahovski‘s Serena Joy.
— Rob Brunner (@RobBrunnerDC) February 15, 2019
— The Handmaid’s Tale Brasil (comunidade de fãs) (@HandmaidsBrasil) February 15, 2019
The scene at the National Mall looks … a little different today. Elisabeth Moss and co. are filming “The Handmaid’s Tale” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. (📸: @SweeneyABC, @philliefan_99) https://t.co/pV6IDchUKZ pic.twitter.com/HuHcra9brb
— Lori McCue (@LoriMcCue) February 15, 2019
Last September, a group of demonstrators dressed in Handmaid’s Tale garb gathered in Washington to protest at the Senate confirmation hearing of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, standing silently in red capes and white bonnets.
The group of around 15 women gathered outside the Senate building, in a demonstration that was meant to evoke Margaret Atwood‘s fictional world in which women have been stripped of their rights. At the time, organiser Lori Lodes said:
“We are fighting Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination because he represents the greatest threat to the right to legal abortion since Roe [v Wade] was decided. Already in America, the right to abortion is under attack, putting access out of reach for far too many women, especially low-income women and women of color. Brett Kavanaugh would take our current reality and make it worse – much worse.”