The Handmaid's Tale Season 4: Revisit Rita's Tragic Fight for Freedom

With the fourth season of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale set to premiere later this month, the streaming service is rolling out a series of profile videos to help get viewers caught up on the backstory of each character heading into the series' return. Previously, we were offered a look back at June's (Elisabeth Moss) journey ahead of her fight to bring freedom to Gilead. This time around, it's a look back at the tragedy and loss Amanda Brugel's Rita endured- only for her to find her strength and play a vital role in saving countless lives by the time the third season ended- and letting Luke (O. T. Fagbenle) know that June was the one who made it happen.

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Blessed be the free and the brave when Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale returns for a fourth season on April 28- now here's a look back at Rita's series-long journey:

Now here's a look back at June's time in Gilead and the journey that led her out of it (one that will lead her back there this season- but in a much different role):

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."

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

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."

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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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.
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