Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 is still a mystery, but one cast update will undoubtedly disappoint fans since it will leave the tale of a character who has been present since Season 1 unexplored.
Emily’s unexpected significance
Emily's (Alexis Bledel) tale became increasingly relevant throughout The Handmaid's Tale after she was introduced as a secondary character.
Viewers got a glimpse of life in the colonies via her eyes, which was very different from what the Handmaids had to endure in Gilead. Emily's challenges were different from June's before the coup and during the foundation of Gilead, because Emily did not coordinate acts of disobedience against the Commanders like June did.
While she may have participated owing to her proximity to June, and as a result, Emily was able to flee Gilead, she was not thought to be as significant as June.
The Handmaid's Tale Season 5 says goodbye to Emily
The Handmaid's Tale Season 5 exit of Alexis Bledel is the latest update on what has so far been a very hidden next season. While it's unclear whether she has actually recorded sequences as Emily, The Handmaid's Tale Season 5 will have to cope with her character's departure. The unknown finale of Emily's story deprives viewers of one of The Handmaid's Tale's most gripping storylines.
In comparison to the other Handmaids' stories, it was also one of the few that ended reasonably successfully, as Emily was able to flee to Canada and find her wife and son.
Emily's narrative may appear to be over, but it still has a lot to offer, as she reconnected with her wife and children in Canada in Handmaid's Tale Season 4. Emily's approach to what Gilead has taken from her is nearly diametrically opposed to June's.
June's difference with Emily is even more visible and interesting now that she is in Canada campaigning for people who have been left behind and taking a larger leadership role in the fight against Gilead.
Emily's absence from The Handmaid's Tale Season 5 will result in an even greater focus on June, depriving the show of one of its most complex characters.