'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 4 Trailer Is Leaving People Terrified | 22 Words

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 but it seems it's left people absolutely terrified! Keep scrolling to watch the trailer for yourself...

Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is one of the most profound classics of our time.

Atwood is one of the most celebrated novelists of the 21st Century.

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.

The symbolism that Atwood fills the pages with are probably why this book is such a popular choice with high schools around the world. She really did want to warn people about how society could end up.

Atwood published the novel in 1985.

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The 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.

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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.

She shared The Guardian article, titled "The Handmaid’s Tale comes to life in Alabama. Women must heed the warning."

And then came the TV show.

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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...

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Both fans and critics alike were totally hooked on the adaptation of Atwood's novel.

The huge success of the show spawned 2 more seasons.

The show was such a big success there was a quick turnaround to have season 2 and 3 made.

And the ending of series 3?

Well, we won't spoil it for you but how we possibly forget that climax?!

And this week, we have finally been given a glimpse into the long-awaited fourth season...

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The latest official trailer for the upcoming stint has dropped.

The streaming platform has given us a double-dose of good news...

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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.

And everyone was saying the same thing - it looks extremely scary.

Watch the full trailer below - although discretion is advised, it's super scary.

We're officially excited.