The Handmaid's Tale is finally ready to address the racial issues inside the walls of Gilead in Season 2.
The award-winning television series was an adaptation of 1985 novel written by Canadian author, Margaret Atwood. However, showrunner Bruce Miller decided to change one major detail in his retelling of the dystopian story.
The novel took place in an all-white society, which was a result of an ethnic purging, but Miller decided to inject diversity into his cast. Persons of colors like Samira Wiley and O.T. Fagbenle were cast in major roles. This created a slew of new problems because the first season failed to address the issue of race in the far right Gilead.
"There was a discussion and praise and criticism for how we integrated or dealt with race in Gilead," Miller told Indie Wire. "It brought up a lot of questions that just didn't come up in the stories in Season 1, that we were able to put it in front of our heads and figure out ways to focus in Season 2."
That said, Season 2 will not stop tackling controversial topics that are relevant to the current political climate in the United States and across the world.
A Deeper Look Inside The Walls Of Gilead
Hulu renewed The Handmaid's Tale for Season 2 in May and filming already started in September.
In an interview with EW, Miller revealed that the show will go beyond the novel and dive deeper into Gilead. He promised that the series will go to places that have only been mentioned but not seen in the first season.
As for June (Elisabeth Moss), the central character will explore what it means to be a mother. The pregnant handmaid, who spent the entire season raped by the Commander, got carted into a black van at the end of the first season.
Miller said June and the other female characters in Gilead will explore what it really means to be a mother. He mentioned that the entire society is built on producing children in a world plagued with a dwindling birth rate.
"[W]e're kind of, in a lot of ways, exploring what's at the core of our show and our world and our characters," he added.
Golden Globes Nominations
As expected, The Handmaid's Tale was nominated in multiple categories in the 2018 Golden Globes. The series received a nod for Best Drama TV Series. The incredible performances of Elisabeth Moss and Ann Dowd were also recognized. The two actors were nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in a TV series respectively.
The dystopian drama also made history earlier this year when it became the first to win an Emmy's for a streaming service. It took home eight trophies including Best Drama Series, Best Actress in a Drama Series, and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.