The Handmaid’s Tale: Elisabeth Moss to Direct 4 Episodes, Including Series Finale, in ‘Very Surprising’ Final Season (Exclusive)

The Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss once more will have a prominent place behind the camera, too, in her show’s final season.

The Emmy winner, who also is a Handmaid’s executive producer, will direct four episodes of the Hulu series’ upcoming Season 6, Moss tells TVLine exclusively.

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“It’s pretty wild, the final season, honestly,” she says. “It definitely has final-season energy.”

She adds: “It’s big and wild, and goes to many different places, and it is very, very surprising all the way through.”

Moss will helm the series premiere and Episode 2, as well as the penultimate episode and the series finale. Production is slated to begin this summer.

The Handsmaid’s Tale was renewed in September 2022, just ahead of its Season 5 premiere. EPs Yahlin Chang and Eric Tuchman will serve as co-showrunners for the final run of episodes, replacing Bruce Miller, who oversaw Seasons 1 through 5. Meanwhile, Miller will be busy heading up The Testaments, a Handmaid’s Tale spinoff based on Margaret Atwood’s 2019 novel that is in active development at the streamer.

Season 6 is expected to stream on Hulu in 2025.

Moss previously directed three Season 4 episodes and three in Season 5, including the finale in which June and Luke were separated at a train station full of Gilead refugees.

This time around, “I think for us, the most exciting and rewarding thing is that we feel we’re making this for the fans,” she says. “I get it: Five years of having to put up with some pretty dark stuff, and everyone has been very, very brave.”

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But the viewers who have endured June’s devastating losses alongside her will be rewarded for their fortitude. “I feel like this season, we’re giving it back to the audience,” Moss says. “We definitely really have our eye on that, making sure that it does feel rewarding and satisfying for the fans and like what we would want to watch, you know, as fans of the show.”

She adds: “But it’s big, I’m not gonna lie,” she says, laughing. “It’s definitely not a smaller season.”

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