Alexis Bledel Departs The Handmaid’s Tale Ahead of Season 5

Posted 2022/05/29 5 0

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The Handmaid’s Tale season 5 is in production right now, and is expected to premiere later this year, but unfortunately, one central character won’t be returning. Alexis Bledel, who has played Dr. Emily Malek/Ofglen in The Handmaid’s Tale since season one, recently announced her exit from the dystopian drama series. Bledel has amicably left The Handmaid’s Tale on her own terms, but the exact reason is yet unknown. In a statement (via Variety), Bledel said:

“After much thought, I felt I had to step away from ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ at this time. I am 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.”

This news likely comes as a shock to fans who were looking forward to seeing Bledel’s character Emily return in The Handmaid’s Tale season 5. Emily last appeared in the season 4 finale, along with Elizabeth Moss’s June Osborne and other former handmaids, as they hunt down Gilead Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes).

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Alexis Bledel is best known for her role as Rory Gilmore in Gilmore Girls and has also appeared in ER and Mad Men. She also had a starring role in Sin City, Jenny’s Wedding, and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. Bledel found success and critical acclaim when she was cast as Ofglen in The Handmaid’s Tale. The character is never even named in the novels and eventually meets a tragic end. But that is not the case with the TV series, where she was promoted to series regular. During her four-season stint, Bledel earned four Emmy nominations, winning the Outstanding Guest Actress in 2018.

It remains to be seen how the showrunners address Bledel’s departure, or if they do it at all. Will she be killed off, recast, or just stop existing? We’ll find out more soon as we await a formal statement from Hulu.

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 Is In Production And Could Be End Of The Show

The Handmaid’s Tale is based on acclaimed Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel of the same name. Per the official plot synopsis, “The Handmaid’s Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Offred (Elizabeth Moss), one of the few fertile women known as Handmaids in the oppressive Republic of Gilead, struggles to survive as a reproductive surrogate for a powerful Commander and his resentful wife.”

The Handmaid’s Tale also stars Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Ann Dowd, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer, O-T Fagbenle, Amanda Brugel, Bradley Whitford, and Sam Jaeger.

After four successful seasons, The Handmaid’s Tale will return this year for what could be its final season. Although, there is no confirmation of that. Creator Bruce Miller has signed an overall deal with Hulu and is involved with the spinoff series The Testaments, also based on Atwood’s novel. Miller has confirmed that he has an ending in mind, but the characters keep getting more and more interesting, so it’s taking some time to reach there. However, Miller knows he can’t stretch the show for too long, as he told THR.

“I don’t want to stretch it out. But there were things we all wanted to do in season four, and we couldn’t get one tenth of them done. You don’t want to jump over all this interesting stuff.”

The Handmaid’s Tale season 5 doesn’t have a release date yet, but it’s in production currently and could debut later this year.


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