The Handmaid's Tale season 2 premiere opening shocks fans and leaves some in tears

Warning: This article contains spoilers for The Handmaid’s Tale season two premiere, which aired last night (April 24) in the US.

We were warned from the first reviews that The Handmaid’s Tale wasn’t messing around in season two, yet fans still weren’t ready for the opening episode.

Season two kicks off immediately after the season one finale which saw the Handmaids refuse to stone Janine (Madeline Brewer) to death, with Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) promising consequences.

And she was NOT kidding. Spoilers to follow after the trailer.

So, season two opened with a largely wordless sequence that saw Offred (Elisabeth Moss) led to a giant gallows that goes on to house her and the other Handmaids.

While it all eventually turned out to be a ruse from Aunt Lydia, a twisted final warning that the fact the Handmaids can bear children won’t save them, it still left fans watching in shock and close to tears.

Even Offred’s brilliant opening line of season two wasn’t enough: “Our Father, who art in heaven. Seriously? What the actual f**k?”

Before the season premiered, Moss was teasing that we’d be seeing a more “badass” and “vocal” June/Offred. “The June that’s narrating isn’t the June we see in the flashbacks, she’s someone who has been to Gilead. So, I’d like to see us moving towards that June,” she explained.

“She gets crushed and reborn a couple of times this season, but she also finds the strength she never knew she had and rises like a phoenix. All season long she’s finding her own form of resistance.”

The Handmaid’s Tale airs on Hulu in the US and Channel 4 in the UK, although a UK premiere date has yet to be confirmed.

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