Hulu had tons of good news to share when announcing its recent milestone of amassing over 20 million subscribers, and one bit in particular will have customers saying "Praise be." The streaming service announced that its popular and award-winning drama The Handmaid's Tale has been renewed for Season 3. The news, while perhaps not wholly surprising to those that have been watching, is definitely great for anyone who has been loving Season 2's wild ride so far while wondering just how far things will go.
The fact that Hulu renewed The Handmaid's Tale may not be the biggest shock, but the quickness with which the service did so certainly qualifies. The renewal was announced the same day that Hulu dropped Episode 3, which is just as devastating as one would imagine, and the confident renewal order is likely linked to the impressive audience response to the Season 2 premiere and its follow-up released soon after.
Hulu didn't reveal the exact number of viewers that have tuned into Season 2 so far, but the company did reveal that those stats are double what the series' viewership was in Season 1. Receiving eight Emmy awards will give any television series an uptick in viewers, but the fact that The Handmaid's Tale doubled its initial audience with Season 2 is seriously impressive. Even Aunt Lydia would be congratulatory, in a terrible way.
Those eight Emmy awards were only the intimidating tip of the iceberg, as The Handmaid's Tale Season 1 garnered more than 30 prestigious awards, including the 2018 Peabody. The television adaptation of Margarett Atwood's 1985 slice of dystopia has been lauded for its brutally captivating storytelling, as well as the cultural relevance behind its plots and characters. Another season will certainly keep June and her fellow handmaids busy, while also giving fans hope that these characters might all just make it out of Gilead someday. Assuming that doesn't happen in Season 2 itself.
Getting out of Gilead is easier said than done, as the first few episodes in The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 of have shown us just what a tremendous task it can be to rescue just one person, much less dozens upon dozens. Luckily, the knowledge that the series will continue into Season 3 doesn't spoil any current plotlines, although it does make the mind wander where things will go from here, should Nick and June's current plans end up being successful. Those aren't the only characters fans will have questions about on the road to Season 3, as these recent entries have made it clear this season's complexities are only just beginning.
The Handmaid's Tale's Season 3 renewal was juxtaposed with other great Hulu news, such as the company's acquisition of two new shows. Hulu gave a series order to Four Weddings and a Funeral, a film-to-TV adaptation that's executive produced by Mindy Kaling. And series orders also went to a comedy series from stand-up comedian Ramy Youssef called Ramy, as well as a horror event series from Blumhouse Productions titled Into the Dark. With new shows complimenting the growing success of The Handmaid's Tale, Hulu's future is looking as bright as its ever been.