The Handmaid's Tale: Dark tale of inspiration

Elisabeth Moss (right) reprises her role as June in the third season of The Handmaid's Tale.
Elisabeth Moss (right) reprises her role as June in the third season of The Handmaid's Tale.PHOTO: HULU

The Handmaid's Tale, now in its third season, paints a dystopian future, but its creator and cast believe it can give voice to women's issues

"Bleak" does not even begin to describe the dystopian world of The Handmaid's Tale, which imagines the United States morphing into a brutal totalitarian state where women are enslaved and the few remaining fertile ones, forcibly impregnated.

The show's creator and stars note that current US political developments make their story seem unnervingly prescient - for instance, with attempts to make abortion illegal in several states.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 11, 2019, with the headline 'Dark tale of inspiration'. Print Edition | Subscribe