The Handmaid's Tale S04: For Emily, Freedom Doesn't Mean You're Free

Following up on previous looks at June (Elisabeth Moss), Rita (Amanda Brugel), Serena (Yvonne Strahovski), Moira (Samira Wiley), Luke (O. T. Fagbenle), Fred ( Joseph Fiennes), Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd), Janine (Madeline Brewer), and Nick (Max Minghella), Hulu continued revisiting the cast of characters who make up the world of The Handmaid's Tale ahead of its fourth season return later this month. This time around, the focus shifts to Dr. Emily Malek Ph.D. (Alexis Bledel)- and in a world of painful journeys, Emily's may have been one of the hardest. Surviving as a handmaid as well as working the toxic fields of the Colonies, Emily would eventually make her way to freedom. But with so much still at stake and Gilead still holding those she loves and cares about, Emily understands all too well that freedom isn't the same thing as being free.

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For a look at Emily's journey, check out the recap below- with Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale set to return to the streaming service on April 28:

Here's your look at the official trailer followed by two previous teasers for Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale:

When COVID delays began happening last summer, Moss offered some insight into how the production was dealing with the shutdown: "Yes, we have a production call, every week, and we have a producer call, every week. There have been a lot of emails, a lot of Zooms, and a lot of conversations. One of the great things that our line producer has done is basically gone to every single department and talked to them, and picked their brain and tried to figure out what their daily process is, and what they're looking for, and what they need, in order to feel safe, which I think is a really important part of it. There's a lot of stuff that's above my pay grade and above my head, that we're all reading about in the Hollywood Reporter."

Moss continued, "But for us, as producers, and for most producers, it's about, how do you do it and be safe? That's all. Human life is not worth making a TV show for. Everyone wants to go back to work because we love what we do, and there's also people that need to support their families and themselves. The producers contributed to a fund for our crew, that is out of our own pockets and has nothing to do with our larger corporation. We put a lot of money into it, and we've been keeping our crew going through that and supporting them being out of work. But we've gotta do it safely, and we're just trying to figure that out. It's all-new territory, and we're all in the same boat here."

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The Handmaid's Tale returns in 2021 (Image: Hulu)

Produced by MGM Television and internationally distributed by MGM, The Handmaid's Tale stars Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer, O-T Fagbenle, Amanda Brugel, Bradley Whitford, and Sam Jaeger. Moss, series creator and showrunner Bruce Miller, Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, Eric Tuchman, John Weber, Frank Siracusa, Sheila Hockin, Kira Snyder, and Yahlin Chang.

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