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To “The Handmaid’s Tale” author Margaret Atwood, there’s nothing new about today’s political extremists. “The seeds of this were already apparent in the 1990s,” Atwood said. “And being as old as…
To “The Handmaid’s Tale” author Margaret Atwood, there’s nothing new about today’s political extremists.
“The seeds of this were already apparent in the 1990s,” Atwood said. “And being as old as I am, having lived through World War II, and being interested in totalitarianisms therefore, these guys make the same kinds of moves no matter what they call themselves.”
Atwood, who has served as a writer and consulting producer on the original series based on her classic novel, joined executive producer and creator Bruce Miller and executive producer Warren Littlefield in the Variety Streaming Room presented by Hulu, hosted by Senior Artisans Editor Jazz Tangcay. The panelists discussed the series’ recent fourth season and what “The Handmaid’s Tale” looks like in a post-Trump era.
“It would be very nice to be in a world where you didn’t say how [the show] connects to today’s politics, but unfortunately, that is the world that we’re in,” Miller said. “We’re still in the same era we were living in and being influenced by those things. So the show was on unfortunately solid and comfortable ground.”
Atwood praised the cast and crew for filming Season 4 during the pandemic under tight safety protocols. According to Littlefield, the team took a total of 27,000 COVID-19 tests, and only 11 were positives.
“One of the safest places on the planet was on set at ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,'” Littlefield said. “We’re really proud of that.”
Speaking about parallels between our current political climate and life in the fictional, dystopian Gilead, Atwood said, “The storming of the Capitol was just really too close for comfort. It succeeded in Gilead because those people were more organized.”
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