The Handmaid's Tale
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Warning: Spoilers ahead!

It's been nearly a year since the season two finale of The Handmaid's Tale, and many fans are still processing that unexpected ending. 

If you'll recall, June (Elisabeth Moss) chose to leave her daughter and husband behind in order to stay and be a part of the resistance against the oppressive Gilead regime. It was a big decision that some people didn't see coming, and viewers couldn't help but wonder what the future has in store for the show's protagonist. 

Well, we kind of got some answers when Hulu dropped the new trailer for season three. Judging by the moody shots, heart-pumping music, and general sense of dystopian despair, it's safe to say that the upcoming episodes are about to take the intensity to a whole new level.

Breaking news: The Handmaid's Tale season three trailer has arrived.

Streaming giant Hulu released the trailer on May 1 and announced that the new season is set to begin airing episodes on June 5. An entire three episodes will become available that day, with one new episode dropping every Wednesday following. Season three has a total of 13 episodes, so your summer is going to be packed with lots of Handmaid's Tale action.

The trailer opens in a truly chilling way.

"Heresy, that's what you get punished for," June says in the first few moments of the trailer. "Not for being part of the resistance because, officially, there is no resistance. Not for helping people escape because, officially, there is no such thing as escape." Of course we, the viewers, know better — the resistance is definitely a thing, and June is definitely a big part of it. 

It goes from zero to 100 real quick.

Snippets of scenes begin to flash together like rapid fire. It looks like a body is getting thrown into a pool, another person is kneeling on the floor, and someone else is getting violently lashed. And then there's June, standing stoically in a... kitchen? Wherever she is, the woman looks ready to take on just about anything — and anyone — who tries to get in her way.

A mystery building gets blown up.

We see a handmaid run into the building, down a long aisle flanked by men in suits. She has something in her hand, and she most certainly does not look happy. She prepares to throw whatever she's holding (let's just go ahead and assume it's a grenade), and the next thing you know, boom! Cut to a flurry of handmaids running away from the explosion. 

Intense, isn't it?

Oh, and Commander Joseph Lawrence is back.

Remember, this character first appeared near the end of season two as Emily’s (Alexis Bledel) new commander. Because he's still so fresh to the show, fans aren't really sure what to make of him. He's definitely a little strange and creepy, but he's also unlike any of the other commanders we've seen so far. For example, he caught Emily reading and doesn’t punish her, although he did scare her into into never reading ever again.

Plus, Aunt Lydia is still alive.

In the trailer, we get a quick glimpse at her and, admittedly, she doesn't look so great. That's to be expected considering Emily's shocking attack on her back in season two. Ann Dowd, who plays the role of Aunt Lydia, confirmed last year that the character would indeed survive. However, who knows which team she's on at this point. 

Is it possible that Aunt Lydia will join the resistance?

She's pretty much been one of the main faces representing Gilead, training all of the handmaids to birth children and be subservient to their commanders. It's a very bleak existence, TBH. But after Emily attacked her last season, perhaps she'll have a change of heart? After all, this is The Handmaid's Tale we're talking about. Anything could happen.

Season three will likely bring along some other new allies.

In the trailer, we see that June approaches Serena Waterford, a.k.a. the wife of Commander Fred, to potentially help her out in some way. "As Mrs. Waterford, you have influence," June says. "Up to a point," Serena responds rather coldly.

Serena and June haven't exactly been BFFs in the past, so watching these two possibly team up will be really interesting to explore. 

But what about June's daughter and husband?

Judging by the trailer, they seem to be doing just fine. We see June watching footage of the two looking pretty happy and healthy, although June herself appears to be understandably torn up about being separated from them. Will season three bring along a happy reunion for the family? Let's keep our fingers crossed!

Watch the entire trailer for yourself below or on YouTube.

And don't forget to mark your calendars for June 5, when new episodes of The Handmaid's Tale will begin streaming on Hulu. In the meantime, now would be an optimal good time to marathon watch the first two seasons to make sure you're up to speed for all of the suspense that lies ahead. We are definitely in for a wild ride.