The first couple of short teaser trailers for Hulu’s upcoming series The Handmaid’s Tale have given us tantalizing glimpses of the adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian novel. A new, longer trailer shows off the rise of the Republic of Giliad and its brutal oppression of women.
“We were asleep before, that’s how it happened,” Elizabeth Moss’ Offred says in the beginning. She goes on to say how society didn’t wake up as a series of crises brought about the oppressive religious regime. We see that laws are enacted to restrict the rights of women, and that armed men patrol the streets. Offred is captured and forced into her new role as handmaid, bearing children for the society’s barren elites. It’s a chilling preview, made all the more frightening as various characters rationalize the society that they’ve built, saying that they’re making the world a better place — for some.
The first season of The Handmaid’s Tale will premiere on Hulu on April 26th, 2017.