The Handmaid’s Tale made a huge splash with fans and critics alike, earning 13 Primetime Emmy nominations last Thursday.
“It’s incredible to bring it to life and have people discover it,” executive producer Bruce Miller tells ET, adding that the recognition is “a testament to the work of the cast and the crew.”
“We’re looking at the second season as we’re in this world Margaret [Atwood] created, let’s keep exploring that world but without losing sight of Margaret’s voice and Margaret’s vision,” Miller says of season two.
With 13 episodes -- season one only had 10 -- the showrunner says the series will have more room to explore different characters and points of view that go beyond Offred. “The time that we spread out turned out to be so fascinating,” he says, referring to season one. “We’re definitely expanding.”
Life Outside Gilead
Expanding the points of view also means opening Handmaid’s world to different locations in and outside of Gilead, particularly Canada, where Moira (Samira Wiley) and Luke (O. T. Fagbenle) find each other after both escaping.
“One of the reasons we had a diaspora of characters at the end of season was so that we would have people that would guide us through other parts of this world,” Miller says, adding that audiences will get to see what life is like outside of Gilead. “Moira and Luke are in Canada together. There are all sorts of fascinating things happening up there that would be a show unto itself.”
While Dowd says she has no idea what’s in store for season two, she did offer up what she’d like to explore with Aunt Lydia, who was left defeated when Offred and the rest of the handmaids refused to punish Janine (Madeline Brewer). “I clearly didn't get through to a few of my girls, so I have some unfinished business to attend to,” Dowd says. “It'll be interesting to see how Lydia copes quite honestly. I think she was totally thrown, with the rug pulled out from under her. If she can still stand up, she's got some serious soul-searching to do.”
Possibly No Morano
Despite earning an Emmy nomination for her work behind the camera, Morano says that as of right now, she will not be returning to direct in season two. “There’s currently a scheduling conflict that I have. Obviously, if there’s any way possible, I will try to come back toward the end,” she reveals.
The day before the Emmy nominations, it was announced that Morano will direct Blake Lively in an adaptation of Mark Burnell’s spy thriller, The Rhythm Section. With production set to begin later this year, it will overlap with season two, which is set to go back in production in September.