You could say Bruce Miller and his cast and crew donned metaphorical handmaids’ hoods to make the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale.
A lot has happened since the Hulu/MGM series — based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel about a dystopian society that enslaves its women — was first released in April 2017.
Besides gathering heaps of critical praise, The Handmaid’s Tale won the Golden Globe for Best Drama and eight Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama and a writing prize for showrunner Miller. It also became part of real-world political conversations when women wore handmaid costumes to protest bills seen as injurious to women’s rights at U.S. state legislatures.
That’s a lot of added pressure on top of the usual sophomore jitters, so how does one cope? One puts on blinders and gets down to the business of making the best TV show one possibly can.