The Handmaid’s Tale 5th Season stunned Fans

How "The Handmaid's Tale" Defended Alexis Bledel's Departure With a Tale That Sounded "Inevitable."

the actress who had played Emily, a handmaid-turned-resistance-fighter, left the Hulu series between seasons.

The first two episodes of The Handmaid's Tale's fifth season were released on Wednesdays

The fifth season of the Elisabeth Moss-starring series picks off where viewers last left off

with June (Moss) holding her youngest daughter, Nichole, while covered in Fred's blood and avoiding Luke while inwardly deciding what to do.

The first chapter of the book follows June

as she departs from the family home she had recently returned to after escaping Gilead and embarks on a journey.

While deciding whether or not to confess to the crime, she first meets up with the women

who had assisted her in exacting revenge on the abuser in Gilead and June's former Commander.