THE fourth season of The Handmaid's Tale is set to start filming in March – all but guaranteeing that it'll be released this year.
Fans have been desperately waiting for the next instalment of the hit series – based on Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel of the same name – since the last season concluded in the summer.
With the show largely filmed in Canada, the City of Toronto website has indicated that production will pick up again on 2 March, running until 7 August.
Gilead 4 Productions Inc are expected to film 10 episodes, with The Handmaid's Tale being almost exclusively shot in Ontario since the first series back in 2017.
There is only one episode that is thought to have been filmed outside of the country, with season three's sixth instalment said to be shot in Washington D.C.
The season three finale ended with June Osborne, played by Elisabeth Moss, being left badly wounded after being shot by a guard as she helped dozens of children escape Gilead by plane.
Fans have already started speculating about what the next batch of episodes could have in store, with viewers convinced that it will track the downfall of Gilead.
One wrote on a forum: "June CANNOT go back to some commanders house and be a Handmaid again.
"This has to be the catalyst where June becomes the Harriet Tubman of Gilead.
"Season 4 needs to be about the downfall of the Waterfords and the beginning of Gilead’s downfall."
Although the show is based on Atwood's book, the entire novel played out in the very first season of the TV adaptation – meaning that fans have had no way of knowing where the story will go ever since.
It was previously confirmed that Atwood's new novel, The Testaments, will be the source of a sequel series following its release last year.
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