Praise be, The Handmaid’s Tale season three is about to hit our screens. The dystopian drama, based on the Margaret Atwood novel of the same name, made waves with its first season. Season two then expanded on Atwood’s world of Gilead, going beyond the events of the book, and now season three looks set to be just as intense.
What is The Handmaid’s Tale about?
It’s no secret that this award-winning show is not for the faint of heart. Set in the fictional world of Gilead, formerly the USA, a new regime has taken power of the country. The world of Gilead is a dark and dystopian one, where fertility rates around the world have dropped significantly and environmental pollution makes certain areas virtually uninhabitable.
A series of attacks on government buildings led by an extremist group, Sons of Jacob, resulted in a civil war which saw the rise of a totalitarian government, and the creation of a world where women have no freedom and are split into various groups based on their expected functions determined by interpretations of various biblical passages. This is a brutal future where women have lost their personal freedom — they aren’t allowed to read, have their own income or job, or own property.
How to watch The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3 in Australia
SBS has the rights to the first airing of The Handmaid’s Tale in Australia, and will be airing a double episode at 8:30pm on Thursday, 6 June. If you can’t watch it when it first airs, you’ll be able to catch up on SBS On Demand, which will have episodes 1-3 available to stream. Then another double episode will air on Thursday 13 June, with single episodes airing weekly after then.
What can we expect from Season 3?
If the trailer is anything to go by this will be a big season, set around the growing resistance in Gilead. After June made the decision to stay in Gilead, rather than escaping to Canada with her newborn baby Holly and fellow handmaid Emily, it seems like she will now be a pivotal part of the resistance. Her dedication to save her firstborn daughter, Hannah, is central in her decision to stay behind.
Season three looks like it will be all about the fight against the oppressive Gilead regime. June’s narration in the trailer indicates that we might be in for some surprises and twists when it comes to who is fighting on the side of the resistance. Whatever the outcome, this season looks like a big one!
Catch up on Seasons 1 and 2
Season one of The Handmaid’s Tale is currently available through Aussie streaming platform Stan. While SBS holds the rights for first airing of the hit Hulu series, Stan picked up the rights to season one in December 2018. Season two is still available to stream on SBS On Demand; however, that looks to expire towards the end of July 2019, so you’ll want to get in quick. It’s possible that Stan might gain rights to season two after it expires on SBS, however this is unconfirmed, and we likely won’t know until after season three has finished.
Stream Stan and SBS On Demand on your TV
If you’re looking for an easy way to stream both the Stan and SBS On Demand apps on your TV, there are a few different options available. Newer smart TVs might already have this built in, or you may consider a set top box such as Apple TV, Fetch TV or Telstra TV.
Fetch TV is available bundled in with phone plans from a range of telcos including Optus, iiNet, and Aussie Broadband. It gives you access to free-to-air TV channels, video streaming apps, and pay TV channels, and access to buy or rent seasons of TV shows (such as Game of Thrones) and movies.
Telstra TV is similar to Fetch TV, as it gives you access to movies, free TV and streaming apps (including Stan and SBS On Demand). You can pick up a Telstra TV box through the Telstra online store or just as part of a broadband bundle. If you’re interested in bundling a Telstra TV box with a Telstra NBN plan, you’ll be able to select from the below two plans, with the Telstra TV box an additional monthly cost on a 24-month contract. This table includes links to referral partners.
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