THE HANDMAID'S TALE, Alexis Bledel, 'God Bless the Child', (Season 3, Episode 304, aired June 12, 2019). photo: Elly Dassas / Hulu / Courtesy Everett Collection

When season 5 of “The Handmaid’s Tale” premieres, Alexis Bledel is not going to be round. The actress, who has portrayed the character Emily throughout all 4 seasons, introduced on the finish of May that she wouldn’t be returning to the present for its subsequent installment, which is at present filming.

“After a lot thought, I felt I had to step away from ‘The Handmaid’s Tale‘ at the moment,” Bledel stated in an announcement offered to USA Today. “I’m without end grateful to (present creator) Bruce Miller for writing such truthful and resonant scenes for Emily, and to Hulu, MGM, the forged and crew for his or her assist.”

Bledel has not stated why she’s chosen to step away from the Hulu present, so followers are left to marvel why she may not need to return to her story. Emily’s performed a pivotal position to this point, initially stepping in as June’s (Elisabeth Moss) procuring companion and finally proving herself to be keen to go towards the grain and assist ladies and youngsters escape to Canada. Every season has garnered her an Emmy nomination, and he or she took residence the prize after season one.

The present, based on Margaret Atwood’s written work of the identical identify, is heavy and feels particularly poignant with the state of the United States proper now. In the sequence, handmaids haven’t any physique autonomy and are as a substitute used as breeders and mistreated. The present will be troublesome to watch at instances and fairly probably troublesome to participate in.

“Television and drama are secure locations to see your worst fears acted out and form of expertise them at a take away,” Miller informed a Television Critics Association panel in February, per USA Today. “When you provide you with one thing horrible in your head and put it on tv, after which hear one thing prefer it taking place in the true world, it is simply sickening.”

It’s unclear why precisely Bledel shouldn’t be returning to the present and whether or not or not she could produce other initiatives within the pipeline. “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 3” is supposedly on the horizon, in accordance to what America Ferrera informed SiriusXM in November 2021, so maybe Bledel will probably be engaged on that as a substitute.

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