“The Handmaid's Tale” Recap: Everything You Need to Know Before Watching Season 4

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Based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel of the same name, The Handmaid’s Tale made history by nabbing an Outstanding Drama Series Emmy in 2017. This season-one victory made Hulu the first streamer to ever win a major series award.

That same year, Elisabeth Moss won a Lead Actress Emmy for playing June, a woman who, at the start of the series, is known as the handmaid Offred. And Ann Dowd, who plays the brutal Aunt Lydia, nabbed her own statuette. Since then, so many of the incredible cast members — Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes and Bradley Whitford — have garnered much critical acclaim for bringing the harrowing world of Gilead to life.

Due to COVID-19-related shooting delays, we’ve been left hanging since the third season ended in 2019. This April 28, Handmaid’s Tale will finally return to Hulu for its fourth season, but, given that large lapse in time, you might’ve forgotten all of the details — or even the bigger plot points — that unfolded last time we saw June. With this in mind, we’re taking a look at all of the need-to-know plot threads ahead of the season four debut in our Handmaid’s Tale recap. Spoilers ahead.