How to watch 'The Handmaid's Tale' season 5

Back to Gilead we go! Here's how to watch 'The Handmaid's Tale' season 5, no matter where you are in the world

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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It's been a long year since the shocking finale of The Handmaid's Tale season 4 back in June 2021 and, finally, we soon get to see what's next for June Osborne, Serena Joy and the rest of the inhabitants and escapees of Gilead when The Handmaid's Tale season 5 premieres.

*Spoilers ahead!*

The fourth season finale left us with a major cliffhanger: after years of abuse at his hand, June (Elisabeth Moss) finally gets her revenge against Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) when she, Emily (Alexis Bledel) and fellow former handmaids severely beat the Gilead politician to death in No Man's Land. 

What will happen to Fred's wife Serena (Yvonne Strahovski), now a pregnant widow in a Canadian detention facility? Will June and Luke (O. T. Fagbenle) finally manage to get their daughter Hannah out of Gilead? We'll hopefully get some answers in the show's fifth season and, luckily for us, it's not the last: The Handmaid's Tale season 6 has already been officially picked up!

But before we can get into the show's grand finale, here's how to watch The Handmaid's Tale season 5, no matter where you are in the world.

How to watch 'The Handmaid's Tale' season 5:

How to watch 'The Handmaid's Tale' season 5 in the US

The Handmaid's Tale season 5 premieres with two episodes on Wednesday, September 14 at 12 a.m. Eastern on Hulu. Like the previous season, the show's fifth will consist of 10 episodes, and the rest of the installments will drop weekly on Wednesdays. 

If you don't have one already, you can get a Hulu subscription for $12.99 with ads or $6.99 for an ad-free experience.

How to watch 'The Handmaid's Tale' season 5 from anywhere

Hulu is only available in the U.S., but that doesn't mean you have to miss a moment of June's vengeance tale. You can still watch The Handmaid's Tale season 5 online no matter where you're located with help from a VPN. 

A VPN service changes your IP address on your computer, or smart device, allowing you to continue to keep up with your favorite shows when you're away from home.

Our go-to VPN service is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), rated as the best in the world by our colleagues at TechRadar. It's simple to use, it's super secure, there's a no-quibble 30-day money-back guarantee and, if you sign up for an annual plan, you'll get an extra three months absolutely free...

How to get started with a VPN:

  1. First off, you need to make sure you have a Hulu account so you can log in once your VPN is set up.
  2. Then, download ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), using the easy-to-follow instructions (you can get 49% off, three months free and there's a 100% risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee).
  3. Once you've installed your VPN, open the app and select your server location as anywhere in the United States
  4. With your ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) installed and your location set to the United States, head to HBO Max, log in and follow the instructions to stream The Handmaid's Tale.

Watch the 'The Handmaid's Tale' season 5 trailer:

Want a sneak peek at some of the dystopian drama you're in for this season? Check out The Handmaid's Tale season 5 trailer

Who is in 'The Handmaid's Tale' cast for season 5?

  • Elisabeth Moss as June Osborne
  • Joseph Fiennes as Commander Fred Waterford
  • Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy Waterford
  • Madeline Brewer as Janine Lindo
  • Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia Clements
  • O. T. Fagbenle as Luke Bankole
  • Max Minghella as Commander Nick Blaine
  • Samira Wiley as Moira Strand
  • Amanda Brugel as Rita Blue
  • Bradley Whitford as Commander Joseph Lawrence
  • Sam Jaeger as Mark Tuello
  • Mckenna Grace as Esther Keyes

The Handmaid's Tale season 5 is streaming on Hulu starting September 14. 

Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life. 


More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York


When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere.