The Handmaid's Tale S04: Fred's Ready to Follow Through with His Plan

With only two weeks to go until the return of The Handmaid's Tale for a fourth season, Hulu continues to offer viewers a look back at the respective journeys a number of our major players have taken over the course of the past three seasons. Previously, the focuses were on June (Elisabeth Moss), Rita (Amanda Brugel), Serena (Yvonne Strahovski), Moira (Samira Wiley), and Luke (O. T. Fagbenle). This spotlight flips the perspective quite a bit (we're trying to be nice and not just type up a list of expletives to call him), showcasing Joseph Fiennes' Commander Fred Waterford, a high-ranking government official who was one of the founders of Gilead along with his wife, Serena- and worse, June's former master. But while others are fighting and dying for change, Fred's plans to get back to "family" whatever the cost hasn't changed.

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For a closer look at Fred's journey, check out the following recap below- with Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale set to return for its fourth season on April 28th:

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.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.