'Handmaid's Tale': the catchup you need to read before season 2 hits

The critically acclaimed Hulu show "The Handmaid's Tale" is back: Here's everything you need to remember.

Emily Treadgold

The Handmaids Tale returns to Hulu for the second season, and since the novel ended after the first season, there's no telling what will happen.


Offred found out she was pregnant and then was summoned to a meeting where the handmaids were told to stone Janine for endangering her baby. The handmaids are reluctant, but after one protests against it and gets a gun held in her face, the handmaids start dropping their rocks in protest as well. Aunt Lydia then sends them home but tells the ladies that their actions have consequences.

A van pulls up to take Offred away, and Nick tells her to go with them keep in mind, the van could bring her to death or freedom. Nick is still a little shady, the Eye of the Waterford house does have some sweet moments with Offred, but let's be honest, no one can be trusted in Gilead.


Serena and the Commander are having some marital troubles. After she found the sequin dress that was given to Offred, Serena wasnt happy about it. After confirming that Offred was pregnant, she forced her to see her daughter from a locked car. Serena tells her, "As long as my baby is safe, so is yours."

My name is June Osborne. I am from Brooklyn, Massachussetts. I am 34 years old. I stand 5'3" in bare feet. I weight 120 pounds. I have viable ovaries. I am five weeks pregnant. I am ... free.

Knowing infidelity is a sin in Gilead, Serena confronts Fred, and although he has more power, wives can put their husbands on trial for the crime. The harshest sentence is losing a hand. The couple is last seen yelling at the Guardians as they take Offred away in the van.


As for the other handmaids, Moira has magically made it to Canada and is taken into a refugee center, and Ofglen is taken to the dreaded Colonies to be worked to death.