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Alexis Bledel shines in chilling new season of ‘Handmaid’s Tale’

The unexpected triumph last year of “The Handmaid’s Tale” was one of the more exciting stories of the TV season. Boldly executed by creator Bruce Miller and director Reed Morano, its chilling portrait of Gilead — a post-apocalyptic quagmire where women’s sole function is to bear children — resonated with viewers and Emmy voters, who awarded the adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s prophetic 1985 novel eight Emmys, including Best Drama Series. Blessed be the fruit. Season 2’s first episode is a fitting pickup from where we left off. Offred (Elisabeth Moss), now with child, led a rebellion of handmaids against the horrifying Aunt Lydia (the deliciously vile Ann Dowd) to stone-to-death fellow handmaid Janine (Madeline Brewer) ...