Season 5 of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ follows Gilead’s influence in Canada (VIDEO)

Hulu has just released a trailer for the fifth season of The Handmaid’s Tale…and it’s a chilling depiction of The growing influence of Gilead on Canada.

*Spoilers ahead*

The new trailer for the dystopian drama follows June (Elizabeth Moss), who now resides in Toronto.

However, no distance from Gilead seems enough as she deals with the aftermath of the season four finale, which includes the death of Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes).

“I want her to know it was me,” June says at the start of the new trailer, clearly addressing Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) who can be seen in the new season playing the role of “the grieving wife”.

“She knows the whole world is watching,” her voiceover continues.

The Handmaid’s Tale | Season 5 trailer |

We see June living a relatively normal life in Toronto, after reuniting with her husband Luke. However, even across the border, she can still sense “Gilead pulling her back.”

While Luke promises her that “[Serena] I can’t get to you,” it looks like he’s got it wrong. There’s a startling photo of June and Luke in Canada, finding Serena’s face flashing at them on all the billboards.

Hulu’s official synopsis for the fifth season confirms Gilead’s influence on Canada.

“In Season 5, June deals with the aftermath of killing Commander Waterford while struggling to redefine her identity and purpose. Widow Serena tries to make a name for herself in Toronto as Gilead’s influence seeps into the Canada,” he said.

“June, Luke, and Moira battle Gilead from afar as they continue their mission to save and find Hannah,” it continues.

Anyone who watched The Handmaid’s Tale knows that Gilead has a way of getting what he wants. The third season also showed her exerting her influence on Canada to bring back baby Nichole. From the looks of the new trailer, we’re going to see a lot more.

Canada’s influence should come as no surprise. After all, the dystopian drama is based on Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s book and much of the filming was done in the country.

In fact, actors have been spotted filming in various downtown Toronto locations this year, including Queen Street West.

The Handmaid’s Tale has been in the limelight lately due to the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v Wade. Although the book and show are purely fictional, many were quick to draw parallels between the dystopian drama and the current situation in the United States.

So hearing about Gilead’s influence in Canada – even in fictional form – isn’t exactly fun.

Still, it’s great to see the show tackle new topics and locations and, of course, Moss’ brilliant acting is just the icing on the cake.

Can’t wait for season five? Well, you’re in luck because Hulu has also released the premiere date and it’s September 14, which isn’t too far away! Be pray!