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The Handmaid's Tale Season 5 - Episode 1

All of the new season is now available to watch on Hulu in the US after the season finale aired on November 9. In Canada viewers could watch it on the CTV Drama channel. Viewers in Ireland are two weeks behind on RTÉ2 at 10:35pm so are currently only on episode 8.

The Handmaid's Tale Season 5 - Episode 1


The Handmaid's Tale season 5 will drop this Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 12 midnight ET and 3 am PT. The season will kickstart with two episodes and the rest of the episodes will be released on a weekly basis.

The Handmaid's Tale season 5 episode 1, "Morning""June confronts the consequences of killing Fred. A scared Serena makes an unexpected decision." Read WTW's full recap of The Handmaid's Tale season 5 episode 1.

The Handmaid's Tale season 5 episode 2, "Ballet""June struggles to move on with her life in Toronto. Serena plans an elaborate memorial. Aunt Lydia and Janine prepare Esther for her first posting as a Handmaid. Read WTW's full recap of The Handmaid's Tale season 5 episode 2.

The Handmaid's Tale season 5 episode 3, "Border""June and Moira join a rebel outpost. As a pregnant widow, Serena tries to restore her status. Aunt Lydia questions her strict methods of dealing with Handmaids." Read WTW's full recap of The Handmaid's Tale season 5 episode 3.

The Handmaid's Tale season 5 episode 4, "Dear Offred" "June fights her need for violent revenge as Serena settles into her new role in Toronto. Rattled by Janine, Aunt Lydia makes a surprising suggestion to Lawrence."Read WTW's full recap of The Handmaid's Tale season 5 episode 4.

The Handmaid's Tale season 5 episode 5, "Fairytale""June and Luke embark on a dangerous quest. Serena gets to know her new hosts." Read WTW's full recap of The Handmaid's Tale season 5 episode 5.

The Handmaid's Tale season 5 episode 6, "Together""June and Luke's mission puts them in serious jeopardy. Serena senses a threat from her benefactors. Lawrence and Nick make a shocking power move." Read WTW's full recap of The Handmaid's Tale season 5 episode 6.

The Handmaid's Tale season 5 episode 7, "No Man's Land""June and Serena find themselves in a desperate situation." Read WTW's full recap of The Handmaid's Tale season 5 episode 7.

The Handmaid's Tale season 5 episode 8, "Motherland""June receives a tempting offer from a surprise visitor. Serena hits rock bottom and searches for allies." Read WTW's full recap of The Handmaid's Tale season 5 episode 8.

The Handmaid's Tale season 5 episode 9, "Allegiance""June and Luke prepare for a rescue mission. Serena tries new tactics with her oppressive hosts. Lawrence makes a surprising proposal to elevate his status." Read WTW's full recap of The Handmaid's Tale season 5 episode 9.

The Handmaid's Tale season 5 episode 10, "Safe""Under threat, June must find a way to keep herself and her family safe from Gilead and its violent supporters in Toronto." Read WTW's full recap of The Handmaid's Tale season 5 finale.

First episodes of every season on any series are always demanding to set up, but Miller says he and Littlefield were hoping Moss would put herself up to take on the task. "I think Warren and I had been waiting for her to bring it up because that's what you need, is the desire," Miller says about how she came to direct the premiere. "She certainly had the skills and certainly had the experience. But, if she didn't want to, I wasn't gonna push her. She's a grown woman. But we were both very eager to say yes when she brought it up and were happy she was also eager to do it."

There isn't much tension between characters in The Handmaid's Tale Season 5. June turns herself into the police in Canada in Season 5, Episode 1, "Morning," but since many on the outside wanted to see Fred Waterford dead and his death wasn't a matter for their government, she doesn't face any consequences. Serena learns about Fred's death and discovers his body in sequences that take too long and don't add much suspense to the narrative. She returns to Gilead in Season 5, Episode 2 "Ballet" only to be sent back to Toronto and make June aware that she has access to Hannah in another messy parenthood story. While the action ramps up in later episodes, the slow start has brought down the entire season.

With the exception of Season 5, Episode 5, "Fairytale," there haven't been any cliffhangers to keep the audience coming back. Most of the episodes end on a light-hearted note, and while it's good for the main characters to not have to go through as much trauma as they did before, viewers need those nail-biting cliffhangers to maintain their interest in the show. "Fairytale" had June and Luke being captured at the border -- but that only served to highlight the overall lack of surprises in Season 5. The Handmaid's Tale has lost some of its excitement that is now found in other Hulu series.

\"The Handmaid's Tale\" is back for season five with an evolving plot line that coincides with a fresh approach to costume design. Since its 2017 debut, the Hulu drama series has enlisted three different lead costume designers: Ane Crabtree, who created the original Gilead look with its red caped dresses and white bonnet hats; Natalie Bronfman, who took the reins starting with season three; and, most recently, Leslie Kavanagh, who joined in season five. \n\"I made a conscious decision that June would never willingly wear red again \u2014 a design choice that was embraced by Elisabeth Moss.\"\n Though Kavanagh has never worked with Crabtree, she tells POPSUGAR she'll still draw inspiration from her predecessor's vision and build on it as each season progresses. 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