Yes, we're getting 'The Handmaid's Tale' season 6—here's everything we know so far

Season five hasn't even dropped yet but 'The Handmaid's Tale' season 6 has already been picked up. Praise be!

The Handmaid's Tale -- Season 5 -- June faces consequences for killing Commander Waterford while struggling to redefine her identity and purpose. The widowed Serena attempts to raise her profile in Toronto as Gilead’s influence creeps into Canada. Commander Lawrence works with Nick and Aunt Lydia as he tries to reform Gilead and rise in power. June, Luke and Moira fight Gilead from a distance as they continue their mission to save and reunite with Hannah. June (Elisabeth Moss), shown.
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Blessed be the fruit! Before The Handmaid's Tale season 5 has even premiered on Hulu—the fifth edition will debut with a two-part premiere on Wednesday, September 14—we've already got word of the potential for The Handmaid's Tale season 6. 

Adapted from the seminal 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, the Emmy-winning dystopian drama stars Elisabeth Moss as June Osbourne, an American woman captured and forced to live as a "handmaid," a natal slave in a totalitarian Christian regime known as the Republic of Gilead. 

At the end of The Handmaid's Tale season 4 (*spoilers ahead!*), Moss's June has finally gotten her revenge on Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes), one of the men who founded Gilead and the head of the household where June was enslaved as a handmaid. In No Man's Land—a free territory between Gilead and Canada, the latter of which June and other escaped handmaids have been living as refugees—June, Emily (Alexis Bledel) and a mob of women savagely beat the commander to death. 

The show's fifth season will undoubtedly deal with the consequences of June's actions, but what will season six have in store? Here's what we know so far. 

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'The Handmaid's Tale' season 6: what we know

On Wednesday, September 8, The Handmaid's Tale creator and showrunner Bruce Miller announced at the season five premiere event at the Toronto International Film Festival that the series had been picked up for a sixth season. It will also be the show's last. 

“It has been a true honor to tell the story of Margaret Atwood’s groundbreaking novel and chillingly relevant world, and we are thrilled to bring viewers a sixth and final season of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,'" Miller announced, per Variety (opens in new tab). “We are grateful to Hulu and MGM for allowing us to tell this story, which unfortunately has remained as relevant as ever throughout its run, and are in awe of our incredible fans for their unwavering support, and without whom we never would have gotten to this point.” 

Craig Erwich, president of ABC Entertainment, Hulu and Disney Branded Television Streaming Originals, added: “Five years ago, almost to the day, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ made history when it became the first show to win an Emmy for a streaming service. In the time since, it has been a privilege and pleasure to work with some of the finest creative talent in our industry on this show—a distinct and exceptional group of people who continue to produce the highest quality television that has made and continues to make significant cultural impact."

“We have a very exciting announcement to bring you today," star Elisabeth Moss introduced in a post on September 9 on the show's official Instagram page. Fellow cast members including Yvonne Strahovski, Amanda Brugel, O.T. Fagbenle, Bradley Whitford, Samira Wiley, Max Minghella, Ann Dowd and Sam Jaeger then take turns reciting: "When we started this journey in season 1, we bore no more. In season 2, we reclaimed our name. In season 3, we set ourselves free. In season 4, we preyed together. In season 5, you’ll see how some sins can’t be washed away. And as to season six, our sixth and final season, well, you’ll just have to wait and see. We can’t thank you enough for supporting the show over the years. Much love to you all. Under his eye.”

As the fifth season has not even started yet, there is no release date or cast information for the sixth season thus far. 

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Will there be a 'Handmaid's Tale' sequel?

Another season is not the only good news: Miller also announced that he is "actively developing" a follow-up series that will be based on Atwood's 2019 novel The Testaments, a sequel book set 15 years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale

The Testaments features some characters from the previous book, including June's daughter Hannah, known as Agnes in Gilead, and the brutally devout Aunt Lydia. Might that mean we'll see the terrifically terrifying Ann Dowd again? Here's hoping!

The Handmaid's Tale season 5 will premiere with two episodes on September 14, and a new episode every Wednesday thereafter. 

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