The Handmaid's Tale: Bleak Tale tethered to the real world

While hit series The Handmaid's Tale tells of females trapped in a slave class and echoes abuses in the real world, its creator and lead actress believe it also offers hope

The Handmaid's Tale is science fiction, but like the dystopian novel it is based on, the critically adored show - about a society that enslaves its few remaining fertile women - echoes abuses women have suffered in the real world.

While it dives into dark themes, the drama makes a concerted effort to not wallow in misery, says creator Bruce Miller. And while other hit series might feel pressure to raise the stakes for their sophomore season, the writer-producer reveals his philosophy as: "In success, rethink nothing."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 13, 2018, with the headline 'Bleak Tale tethered to the real world'. Print Edition | Subscribe