The Handmaid’s Tale on OCS: Ann Dowd (Aunt Lydia) discusses season 5 and spin-off

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While season 4 has just concluded, Ann Dowd who plays Aunt Lydia talks about season 5 and The Testaments, the spin-off of The Handmaid’s Tale whose story takes place 15 years after the end of The Handmaid’s Scarlet. Warning for spoilers.

After a controversial Season 4 – despite the story’s definite progression – The Handmaid’s Tale left many viewers feeling short of breath. No reason to worry about the sequel since season 5 was ordered by Hulu even before the broadcast of 4.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, actress Ann Dowd – who achieves real feats playing Aunt Lydia – talks about recent events in the series, what to expect from season 5 as well as The Testaments, its spin-off announced in 2019 already . We advise you not to continue reading this article if you have not seen season 4 and its conclusion.

What future for Aunt Lydia?

The end of season 4 seems to make Janine (Madeline Brewer) and Esther (Mckenna Grace) the eternal prisoners of Gilead. It is now through them that we can see the hell of this dictatorship. Without June (Elisabeth Moss) under her yoke to put a stick in her wheels, one can legitimately wonder how the character of Aunt Lydia will evolve during season 5.

I wouldn’t be surprised if she returned to her place now that she has regained her confidence. Will she soften? I think I read in one of the scripts that the rebels are not so numerous among the maids.“declares the actress to the magazine.”The June and the Moira, that dimension of “fuck you” is no longer there. I think Lydia won’t have a problem getting order and getting things done.

In a previous interview with The Hollywood Reporter, series showrunner Bruce Miller said he could make a series entirely dedicated to Aunt Lydia, so rich and complex is her character. He also mentioned that the relationship between Lydia and Commander Lawrence (Bradley Whitford) could serve to set up The Testaments, the series derived from The Handmaid’s Tale, whose story takes place 15 years later.

Without further details, the actress confirms the words of the showrunner. Which suggests that one of the greatest sadists in the history of the small screen is not ready to retire …

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