Is The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 Setting Up Aunt Lydia’s Story In The Sequel, The Testaments?

Ann Dowd in The Handmaid's Tale Season 5

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Spoilers in advance for the most current episode of The Handmaid’s Tale “Border”, in addition to the follow up publication The Testaments.

The streaming battles have actually been raving for several years, and also among Hulu’s most significant hits is the dystopian dramatization The Handmaid’s Tale. Season 5 lately started for those with a Hulu subscription, and also the initial 3 episodes have actually currently been a wild trip (particularly the departure of Alexis Bledel’s Emily). And after seeing Episode 3 “Border”, my most significant inquiry was: is the program currently establishing Aunt Lydia’s tale from the follow up, The Testaments?

Margaret Atwood’s unique The Testaments was launched in 2019, and also is a straight follow up to The Handmaid’s Tale (opens up in brand-new tab). Hulu currently has plans to adapt that book after the front runner collection finishes with Season 6. And in one of the most current episode from The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5, there appeared to be a significant tip towards the story line of Ann Dowd’s Aunt Lydia. Namely that she hoped and also confessed her misdeeds while wishing Janine’s life in the brand-new episode.

At completion of Episode 2, Esther infected herself and also Janine at the Red Center, after being uploaded to act as a Handmaid to Commander Putnam. Both of those personalities were hospitalized in “Border”, with Aunt Lydia wishing God to conserve Janine. In the beautifully acted talk, the questionable personality begged:

I recognize you’re miserable with my habits. Sometimes I’ve shed my mood. I chose. I was attempting to maintain my ladies secure. Surely you recognize that. Please do not penalize her. Please do not penalize her to educate me a lesson. I will certainly transform points about. I will certainly do points in a different way, I assure you. Please.


After being gone to by Mrs. Putnam and also her child, Janine wound up awakening by the time the brand-new Handmaid’s Tale episode wrapped up. Could Aunt Lydia’s course to redemption be begun by this episode (which additionally restored Nick’s mysterious wife)? With the upcoming Testaments display in advancement, it definitely appears like a clever narrative action by the authors. We’ll simply need to wait and also see just how Lydia’s tale unravels as we obtain much deeper right into Season 5.

While the components of The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 are largely shrouded in mystery, Aunt Lydia’s future on the Emmy winning series was teased in the summary of Episode 4, which is entitled “Dear Offred.” That run-through reviews:

June battles her demand for fierce vengeance as Serena works out right into her brand-new duty in Toronto. Rattled by Janine, Aunt Lydia makes an unexpected tip to Lawrence.


Well, I’m absolutely interested. Aunt Lydia is just one of one of the most difficult personalities in The Handmaid’s Tale, however she’s greatly been a lawless existence in Gilead so far. It need to interest see if she begins to make real favorable modification, and also just how the program will certainly establish her most likely look in The Testaments.

In the Testaments publication, Lydia is just one of the 3 personalities telling the tale, together with both of June’s little girls. Through the book we obtain a much better understanding of Lydia’s subconscious, and also just how she ultimately came to be a been afraid Aunt. She additionally obtains a redemption arc that would certainly be interesting to see play out in the Hulu collection, particularly if Ann Dowd is playing her trademark duty.

The Handmaid’s Tale broadcasts brand-new episodes Wednesdays on Hulu. In the meanwhile, look into the fall premiere list to intend your following binge watch.

Corey Chichizola


Corey ChichizolaMovies Editor

Corey was birthed and also elevated in New Jersey. Double learnt cinema and also literary works throughout basic. After operating in management cinema for a year in New York, he began as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He’s considering that had the ability to function himself as much as testimonials, phoners, and also press junkets– and also is currently able to show up on cam with a few of his popular stars… simply not as he would certainly have anticipated as a youngster.



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