Since the TV adaption of The Handmaid's Tale hit screens in 2017, fans have been well and truly hooked on the dystopian drama.
Today, fans have had their prayers answered as the first official trailer for the upcoming fourth season has been released.
Although, there's also been some bad news. Keep scrolling to watch the trailer for yourself...
Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is one of the profound classics of our time.
What's The Handmaid's Tale about?The Handmaid's Tale is a novel set in a dystopian America, wherein a totalitarian state called "The Gilead" has complete control.
The religious oppressive regime organized by the Gilead Republic sees that women are stripped of their agency and identity...To the point that they are forced to have sexual relations and carry the children of their male "masters."
Atwood wasn't messing about when she wrote this novel.
Atwood published the novel in 1985.
via: Getty ImagesThe author made no secret of the fact that the novel intended to offer a satirical view of a multitude of the social, political, and religious trends of the '80s.
Despite popular belief, Atwood didn't make anything up in Handmaid's.On the subject of where she sourced the material, she explained: "One of my rules was that I would not put any events into the book that had not already happened in what James Joyce called the 'nightmare' of history, nor any technology not already available. No imaginary gizmos, no imaginary laws, no imaginary atrocities. God is in the details, they say. So is the Devil."
As far as Atwood is concerned, the events that occurred in her novel were already taking shape in America.Explaining this further, Atwood said: "The Republic of Gilead is built on a foundation of the 17th-century Puritan roots that have always lain beneath the modern-day America we thought we knew."
One of the main plotlines in the novel revolves around the forced pregnancies of women under the regime.The recent anti-abortion laws that have swept America have reminded many people of Atwood's 1985 modern classic.
Atwood took to Twitter on July 2nd 2019 to share an article comparing the situation in Alabama and the dystopian novel.
The Handmaid’s Tale comes to life in Alabama. Women must heed the warning | Zoe Williams https://t.co/thFxnz0iFy— Margaret E. Atwood (@Margaret E. Atwood)1562060892.0
And then came the TV show.The TV show based on the classic novel first dropped in April 2017 and picked up a ton of awards.
It was an instant hit...Both fans are critics alike were totally hooked on the adaptation of Attwood's novel.
The huge success of the show spawned 2 more seasons.
How am I supposed to patiently wait for season 4 of The Handmaids Tale? 😢— #EmaswatisLivesMatter (@#EmaswatisLivesMatter)1578855361.0
And the ending of series 3?
Finally finished season 3 of the handmaids tale and you’re telling me I have to wait until the end of 2020 for season 4!? 😒— Jessica☀️ (@Jessica☀️)1577599197.0
We've been on tenterhooks since...Patiently waiting for the fourth installment to drop.
And this week, we have finally been given a glimpse into the long-awaited fourth season...Hulu has just dropped the first official trailer for the upcoming stint and we couldn't be more excited.
The streaming platform has given us a double-dose of good news...Why? Because it also confirms 2 huge questions fans have been wrestling with since Gilead was last on our screens. Keep scrolling to watch for yourself.
Twitter was instantly flooded with reactions to the trailer.
@HandmaidsOnHulu Blessed be Season 4. Bring it on :)— Spartacus (@Spartacus)1593013711.0
But there's also been some sad news...The series was slated for release this year, but according to the trailer, it won't hit screens until 2021.
Fans were furious that they have to wait even longer.
@HandmaidsOnHulu Next year??!!! Come on @hulu give us a break, 2020 has been horrendous and we’re only halfway thro… https://t.co/ShTfgxOahd— Laura Thompson (@Laura Thompson)1593016689.0