The Handmaid's Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized "return to traditional values". As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate the world.
Hulu announced this morning that The Handmaid's Tale has been renewed for a third season. The good news comes as no surprise considering the success of the book-based drama, which premiered its sophomore season just last week.
The streaming service is stating that the series has doubled its viewership compared to Season 1 after its record-breaking return on April 25. The rise in popularity over the past year makes sense when you take into account the high critical praise the show continues to receive, including Golden Globe and Emmy wins for best television drama.