The Handmaid’s Tale: one of the protagonists has left the series and will not participate in the fifth season

The success of The Handmaid’s Tale due to different factors. One of them is the very good adaptation of the disturbing and wonderful dystopian novel written by Margaret Atwood. Another, surely, has to do with the historical moment in which it was published; a time when feminism proposes and demands a review of certain customs and beliefs. And another, without a doubt, is its cast, made up of actors and actresses who have been able to put themselves at the service of the story and interpret with mastery characters oscillating between contained rage, acceptance of an imposed destiny and rebellion. the most virulent. This Friday, the American media reported that this great cast suffered a significant loss: one of the protagonists will not participate in the fifth season.

Alexis Bledel, who has played key character Emily on the Hulu drama since season one, informed through a statement to Variety that she will no longer be part of the show’s cast. “After thinking about it a lot, I felt I had to walk away The Handmaid’s Tale right now,” he revealed. She added, “I’m forever grateful to Bruce Miller for writing such truthful and resonant scenes for Emily, and to Hulu, MGM, the cast and crew for their support.”.

For her participation in the series, Bledel received four nominations and won an Emmy Award statuette.

Her character, Emily, is one of the main characters in the story and one of the few to star exclusively in episodes. Throughout the four seasons, the writers have revealed aspects of her life before the founding of the State of Gilead and described her story, first as a rebellious and cunning servant, then as a key figure in the escape and arrival of little Nicole – the youngest daughter of June (Elisabeth Moss) – in Canada.

Prior to Gilead, Emily had a PhD in biology and taught at the university. She was happily married to Sylvia (Clea DuVall), with whom she shared raising their son Oliver. With them, she attempts to flee Gilead, but is caught up at the airport as they manage to cross the border, as they are Canadian citizens.

In Gilead, she was assigned as a servant to Commanders Scott, Roy, and Lawrence, and later reveals to June that she is a member of Mayday, an underground resistance movement. After being found guilty of having an affair with a “marten”, her clitoris is removed and she is sent to the Colonies.

However, the shortage of housekeepers forces them to give her a new opportunity. Emily, however, stabs Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) and flees with Nicole, June’s young daughter, to Canada. There, as a refugee, he begins therapy and reconnects with his wife and son, despite struggling to leave behind his traumatic past.

Before The Handmaid’s TaleBledel starred in the series Gilmore Girls and participated in Brotherhood of Traveling Pants Yes Mad Men. Along with Moss and Bledel, the series stars Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer, OT Fagbenle, Amanda Brugel, Bradley Whitford and Sam Jaeger.

The fifth season of the show – which has won 15 Emmys since its premiere in 2017 – is set to air late in the second half of this year. At the beginning of May, Moss participated as a guest of The Drew Barrymore Show and assured that the tapings of the new episodes were “halfway done” and, at the hostess’ insistence on knowing a few details of what’s to come, he said, “I would say it’s a really big season , with a lot of production. We’ve been on location a lot, we record very little in the studio and that means to us that it’s very important. And we’re constantly on the road, in many different places.

“June’s journey is great, the other characters’ journeys are great,” he later added. “And June grapples with, ‘What does freedom really mean?’ “Can she really be free? and ‘Where do I put my anger?’ “, he finally underlined.

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