It feels like only yesterday that I sobbed my way through the first episode of The Handmaid's Tale, and now the season finale of the Hulu series is already here. In these past seven weeks, the show has spared no expense and pulled no punches whole exploring the gritty depths of a fundamentalist American dystopia — and it’s going to do it all over again when it returns for its second season. But now that the show has reached the point where Margaret Atwood’s novel ended, what will happen in Season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale?
Fans who’ve read the book know that the show will be in completely new territory when it returns; the actual plot of The Handmaid’s Tale is rather thin, and the show has already covered most of that ground. But all this means is that the show will be able to spread its wings and create all new stories. "There's a huge gap between the epilogue and the end of the book where there's a lot of unanswered questions," Elisabeth Moss told TV Guide when discussing what Season 2 of The Handmaids’ Tale might bring. "There's so much that hasn't been said in that book and we're looking to explore that with Margaret [Atwood]."
Obviously this makes predicting where the show will go from here difficult—with no more source material to return to, how do you guess at where things will go next? With that in mind, I’ve got a few ideas of some elements Season 2 might introduce: