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The Handmaid’s Tale season 4: June starts a war as showrunner teases ‘the pot is boiling’

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Fans can’t wait for season four of The Handmaid’s Tale to finally hit their screens. It has been a year and a half since the last episode aired and it looks like the wait is going to go on for another few months. In the meantime, series creator Bruce Miller has revealed what to expect in the biggest ever instalment of the show. 

Season three ended on a very intense cliffhanger as after her plan to free 86 children from Gilead’s oppressive regime by having them cross the border into Canada, June (played by Elizabeth Moss) was shot by a guard.

In the last few scenes, viewers saw her being carried away by her fellow handmaids.

She could be seen closing her eyes, smiling, thinking of her family and the lives she helped save. 

While fans know from the already released season four trailer that June is alive, they don’t know what repercussions she will experience as she stays in Gilead.

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According to showrunner Miller, it seems she could become embroiled in a war between Gilead and Canada over the missing children.

“The pot is boiling,” said Miller. “You can imagine this probably would start a war.”

“It’s 86 children, but at a time where the birth rate is so much smaller, it might as well be 86,000 children being taken from a country.”

Gilead’s government surely will not be happy about these recent events, with both June and the whole of Canada. 

“I think that has been very juicy, the international elements of the show,” Miller added to The Hollywood Reporter.

“In some ways you forget, or I forget, because the show is so personal and so much about June, that it’s a show about refugees, and it’s a show about international relations.

“Everybody who’s in Canada on our show is a refugee. That’s what they’re living, the refugee life.”

Talking about how topical to the current moment the show is, he added: “Refugees have been very much in the news in the last five, 10 years, and that’s the journey you’re seeing: what happens after you cross the border?

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“For Emily (Alexis Bledel), Moira (Samira Wiley) and now for Rita (Amanda Brugel), these people are living with the question of how much Gilead did they bring with them to Canada,” he continued. 

“That’s what Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) said: ‘Gilead is within you.’ Which means you carry it around.”

Could this be why June hasn’t yet managed to free herself from Gilead? 

Speaking about what viewers can expect from her character, Miller said: “It couldn’t be more different.

“The biggest thing I would tell you is, don’t try to guess at all, because it really is one of those seasons.

“June is going into a very interesting world, she’s on the run, she’s got women with her who she feels responsible for,” he added. 

“It starts out with June having done this big thing that almost got her killed. What do you do after that? Do you do another big thing? This one almost got you killed.

“She has a taste of freedom now, and we’re going to follow her.”

Miller concluded: “So I think it’s entirely different than other seasons, just because it doesn’t take place at the beginning with June, or anybody else under the thumb of Gilead.”

The Handmaid’s Tale season 4 will premiere in 2021 on Hulu and Channel 4.

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