The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 will depart further from book

As anyone who’s familiar with Margaret Atwood’s seminal novel The Handmaid’s Tale, and has been watching the series as it unfolds, knows, the show has already departed quite significantly from the original story in many areas.

That is set to continue, as per comments made by the series’ star at the Television Critic’s Association press tour this week (via /Film).

At the panel for Top of the Lake, in which she also stars, Elisabeth Moss said: “In the same way we did in season one, it really explores things in a way that, as a reader, you wanted the book to but it’s only one novel so what are you going to do? It kind of goes places that as a fan of the book, I want it to go.

“I think we had a pretty good mix of both in the first one and I think it will be similar in two.”

Among changes that were already present in the first season are a glimpse at Luke’s life outside of Gilead, a fleshing out of now-gay character Ofglen (which earned Alexis Bledel an Emmy nomination), and the very fact that there’s a season two at all.

Channel 4, which airs The Handmaid’s Tale in the UK, has already confirmed it will air the second series when it begins presumably in 2018.