The Handmaid’s Tale Season 6 is going to be the final season. It is still happening, but we’re not getting it any time soon.
The final season was set for a 2024 release when initially renewed. However, the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes put a hold on everything. The Canadian-filmed series couldn’t get back to work. That premiere has been pushed to 2025.
This won’t be all that surprising news when you consider that filming still hasn’t started. According to TVLine, filming will start this year, but not for some time.
When will The Handmaid’s Tale Season 6 start filming?
The Hulu series will start filming in summer 2024. This isn’t just due to the strike action now. Elisabeth Moss, who is the lead on the series, is currently pregnant with her first child. While the show could find a way to hide the pregnancy, it makes more sense to hold off.
After all, there is no way June would be pregnant in the show at this point to be able to write the pregnancy in. It wouldn’t work for the adaptation of The Testaments that is supposed to be happening, and it would mean a lot of script changes as the writing has likely restarted. Prep work has started.
Moss confirmed that filming will start in the summer. This could allow for a spring or summer 2025 premiere date.
The Testaments is still in the works
Fans may have worried that the follow-up series has been canceled with all the delays. That isn’t the case. Bruce Miller has left The Handmaid’s Tale as showrunner so that he can take on all the showrunning duties for The Testaments.
It’s clear from the fifth season that the series is looking at expanding the storylines of Hannah/Agnes and Aunt Lydia. They are two integral characters in the Margaret Atwood series, so it would make sense to have them as two leads in the sequel series.
The Handmaid’s Tale is available to stream on Hulu.