The Handmaid’s Tale is a book and TV series about a dystopian future in a nation called Gilead in what was the New England United States. Infertility and pollution abound in a society where religious beliefs have become laws taking away women and gay rights. It has forced fertile women to become handmaids to provide children for powerful warlords. Canada is a refuge that the oppressed try to escape to.
This is a depressing story where cruelty is the norm and hangings are a backdrop in many scenes.
You might rightly ask why should anyone want to watch such misery. It might be a warning on how bad things could get if we don’t avoid certain trends and there is always a curiosity about how it all will end. Is it worth it? We will see at the end.