We’re just a few weeks away from the date the most binge-worthy show of 2017 returns to our screens.
In April, The Handmaid’s Tale – an on-screen TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood‘s dystopian novel of the same name – will return for a second season, and with the story now stretching beyond the book, it’s anyone’s guess what will happen next.
Now, a new teaser – released in line with International Women’s Day in the US – has been released, and hints that things are about to get more violent than ever before.
Watch the latest teaser trailer for The Handmaid’s Tale season two:
Barely 30 seconds long, the new trailer only shows flashes of action: Offred standing in front of a noose, wearing the same brown leather muzzle Ofglen was forced to wear last season; an unknown man with a gun to his head; a vicious, barking dog straining to be let loose; a group of Handmaid’s surrounded by Guardians; and the commander’s wife, Serena Joy, slapping a maid in the face.
Both Oflgen (played by Alexis Bledel) and the newly-escaped Moira (Samira Wiley) are also pictured, looking distressed and terrified.
Throughout the whole clip, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) can be heard reciting the chilling rules a Handmaid must follow.
"Wear the red dress, wear the wings," she can be heard saying.
"Shut your mouth, be a good girl, roll over and spread your legs.
"'Yes, ma'am', 'May the Lord open'."
The trailer ends with the words: "Seriously? What the actual f..."
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But it's the last image of the trailer that is perhaps the most sinister, and gives us the biggest hint about what we can expect from the award-winning show's second season.
We are shown Offred, in a white nightgown, covered in blood: