After a year of patiently waiting, Hulu's new flagship series has finally returned. This week brought the highly anticipated second season of The Handmaid's Tale, after making history by winning a slew of Emmys this past award season. The most harrowing show on TV is back, and its two part premiere certainly didn't pull any punches when it came to terror and gut wrenching tension. Season 2 has already gone full tilt into the craziness that is Gilead, and is expanding the universe with new settings. There were plenty of crazy scenes in the first two episodes, but there are 5 moments in particular that may tease an interesting season. WARNING: Spoilers ahead for the first two episodes of The Handmaid's Tale Season 2.

The Opening Sequence

Season 1 of The Handmaid's Tale ended with June/Offred being taken away in a black van to an unknown fate. It turns out all of the Handmaids had been rounded up, as they were to be punished for disobeying Aunt Lydia and not stoning Janine to death. The girls are rounded up, gagged, and transported to Fenway Park for their apparent execution via hanging. The sequence was truly horrifying, and show characters like June and Alma attempt to silently communicate and offer each other some comfort. While it ended up being a fake out and attempt at emotional manipulation, it's clear that the Handmaids aren't untouchable, and that Gilead might not be so forgiving if they misstep again.

Emily/Ofglen Kills Marisa Tomei

The second episode, "Unwomen" brought a new setting and set of horrifying circumstances to The Handmaid's Tale. We traveled to The Colonies, which is the toxic wasteland where unwanted women are brought to work until they eventually die of radiation poisoning. This is where Emily (Alexis Bledel) was sent after she ran over that guard back in Season 1, and she's playing a nurse of sorts for the other women. She seemingly helps a newcomer, a former wife played by Marisa Tomei (!!), but her true intentions quickly become clear. Instead, Emily kills the newcomer as penance for being apart of Gilead, and the monthly sexual assault that is The Ceremony. While Emily's seriously down on her luck, it's exciting to see her find some power. Since she's now taken two lives, could the former Mayday member orchestrate some sort of uprising from within The Colonies? We'll just have to wait and see.

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