The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 Release Date, Spoilers & Update: Here's What Serena Joy Could Be Facing Next Season

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The repercussions of June (Elisabeth Moss) and the other Gilead escapees executing Commander Fred Waterford will be seen in The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5. After letting Fred go into the woods late at night in Season 4, the women savagely attacked him. According to a new Hulu synopsis for the upcoming season, their actions may have consequences.

Fan speculations on what’s next for Serena Joy in The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5

Some fans believe they know what is going on with Serena Joy Waterford in this photo from The Handmaid's Tale Season 5. Serena and Fred had a power struggle prior to Fred's death, and it is likely that Fred's death benefited Serena tremendously.


Despite Gilead's PR crisis, Fred's brutal murder may help her gain public favor. Serena may have her revenge with Fred out of the way, which could explain why she's smiling beneath the black veil in the new images.

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“June faces consequences for killing Commander Waterford while struggling to redefine her identity and purpose,” TV Insider notes the Hulu synopsis reads. “The widowed Serena attempts to raise her profile in Toronto as Gilead’s influence creeps into Canada.”

As for the new photos, two of them show June and Serena’s mental states. The photo of June is a close-up of her looking angrily and bitterly into the camera. As for Serena, the photo shows her wearing a colored outfit with a dark veil over her face. Beneath the veil, she is seen smiling.

Two of the new photos depict June and Serena's mental states. June is photographed glaring aggressively and bitterly into the camera in a close-up. Serena is dressed in colorful attire with a thick veil over her face in the photo. She can be seen smiling beneath the covering.

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The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 release date


The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 premieres on Sept. 14. Two episodes air in the premiere, with the remaining episodes airing weekly until the finale.

Yvonne Strahovski, who plays Serena Joy Waterford, spoke to TVLine after the Season 4 finale. She hinted at what she thinks will happen now that Serena is on her own without Fred Waterford.

“I can see her becoming a political figure and having success with her fan club in Canada, or something, you know?” Strahovski said of her character in The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5.

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“[She could] keep preaching what she used to preach, pre-Gilead. I can see her totally taking control and being that person. But then again, I really think the fear of God is going to be put into her when she finds out what’s happened.”