Here’s How to Watch ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ For Free So You Don’t Miss the Second to Last Season

The Handmaid's Tale
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If you’ve been following June’s a.k.a. Offred’s a.k.a. Ofjoseph’s journey since season 1, you may want to know how to watch The Handmaid’s Tale online for free to not miss the second to last season of the Emmy-winning show.

The Handmaid’s Tale—which is based on on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 book of the same name—premiered on Hulu in April 2017. The show is a set in a dystopian nation known as Gilead, which was formed after the Second American Civil War and where a totalitarian government subjects fertile women, known as Handmaids, to be child-bearing slaves for men. The series centers on June Osborne (Moss), a woman who was captured while trying to escape to Canada with her husband, Luke, and their daughter, Hannah. Season 3 ended with June help several Handmaids, Marthas (household servants) and children born in Gilead escape to Canada via an airplane. The final moments see June shot by a Gilead soldier before she’s found by fellow Handmaids who carry her to safety.

Season 5 of The Handmaid’s Tale premiered in September 2022. Hulu confirmed at the time that season 5 would be the second to last season of The Handmaid’s Tale and that the show will end with season 6 .“It has been a true honor to tell the story of Margaret Atwood’s groundbreaking novel and chillingly relevant world, and we are thrilled to bring viewers a sixth and final season of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’” “The Handmaid’s Tale” creator, showrunner and executive producer Bruce Miller said in a statement at the time. “We are grateful to Hulu and MGM for allowing us to tell this story, which unfortunately has remained as relevant as ever throughout its run, and are in awe of our incredible fans for their unwavering support, and without whom we never would have gotten to this point.”

Read on for how to watch The Handmaid’s Tale online for free to not miss the second to last season and see if June escapes Gilead for good.

"The Handmaid's Tale" Book Cover

Image: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

When does The Handmaid’s Tale 2022 air?

New episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale season 5 come out on Wednesdays at 12:01 a.m. PT 3:01 a.m. ET on Hulu.

How to watch The Handmaid’s Tale 2022 online

The Handmaid’s Tale is available to stream on Hulu, which offers two plans: an ad-supported plan for $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year (which saves users about $14 from the monthly rate) and an ad-free plan for $12.99 per month. Hulu’s live TV service, Hulu+ With Live TV, costs $69.99 per month for its ad-supported plan and $75.99 per month for its ad-free plan.

Hulu also offers a student discount for $1.99 per month for its ad-supported plan (which saves users $5 per month or $60 per year.) Users can also subscribe to The Disney Bundle, which includes Hulu’s ad-supported plan, Disney+ and ESPN+ for $13.99 per month. The bundle saves users about $8 per month from subscribing to each service individually.

How to watch The Handmaid’s Tale 2022 online for free

So how can one watch The Handmaid’s Tale online for free? Read on for the tips and tricks to stream the second to last season of The Handmaid’s Tale at no cost.

Watch The Handmaid’s Tale With Hulu’s Free Trial

The easiest way to watch The Handmaid’s Tale online for free is with Hulu’s 30-day free subscription. The service—which offers more than 1650 TV shows and 2,500 movies along with Spencer—starts at $6.99 per month for its basic subscription with ads. It’s ad-fee plan costs $12.99 per month. Both plans come with a 30-day free trial, so users can watch The Handmaid’s Tale before committing to a subscription. Read on for instructions on how to sign up for Hulu’s free trial.

  1. Visit
  2. Click “Start Your Free Trial.”
  3. Select your plan: Hulu’s ad-supported plan or Hulu’s ad-free plan.
  4. Enter your information and payment method.
  5. Start watching with Hulu’s free trial

Watch The Handmaid’s Tale With Verizon’s Free Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ Bundle

If you’re a Verizon customer (or know someone who is), there is another free option. For a limited time, customers with unlimited plans, such as Get More Unlimited and Play More Unlimited, have access to Verizon’s complimentary The Disney Bundle, which includes Disney+, Hulu and ESPN. Disney+ and ESPN are nice, but Hulu is the real reward here to watch The Handmaid’s Tale online for free.

So how do you claim your free Hulu subscription? Well, Verizon has a FAQ here that explains the steps a Verizon customer needs to take to access Disney+ for free, but here’s the gist: Go to My Verizon site or the My Verizon App. In the app, go to the Plans & Devices page and click Explore Adds. On the site, choose Account on the top menu and click Add Ons & Apps.

There, customers will be able to choose The Disney Bundle, which includes Disney+, Hulu and ESPN. After choosing the bundle, click Get It Now. Enter the email address you want to use for your subscriptions, check your email for confirmation and voila. You can now watch The Handmaid’s Tale online for free.

The Handmaid's Tale

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Who’s in The Handmaid’s Tale 2022 cast?

The Handmaid’s Tale cast includes Elisabeth Moss as June Osborne, Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy, and Joseph Fiennes as Commander Fred Waterford. See the full Handmaid’s Tale cast below.

  • Elisabeth Moss as June Osborne / Offred / Ofjoseph
  • Joseph Fiennes as Commander Fred Waterford
  • Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy Waterford
  • Alexis Bledel as Dr. Emily Malek / Ofglen #1 / Ofsteven / Ofroy / Ofjoseph #1 
  • Madeline Brewer as Janine Lindo / Ofwarren / Ofdaniel / Ofhoward
  • Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia Clements
  • O. T. Fagbenle as Luke Bankole
  • Max Minghella as Commander Nick Blaine
  • Samira Wiley as Moira Strand
  • Amanda Brugel as Rita Blue 
  • Bradley Whitford as Commander Joseph Lawrence
  • Sam Jaeger as Mark Tuello
  • Stephen Kunken as Commander Warren Putnam
  • Ever Carradine as Naomi Putnam
  • Jordana Blake as Hannah Bankole 
  • Tattiawna Jones as Lillie Fuller / Ofglen #2 
  • Nina Kiri as Alma / Ofrobert
  • Bahia Watson as Brianna / Oferic 
  • Jenessa Grant as Dolores / Ofsamuel 
  • Edie Inksetter as Aunt Elizabeth
  • Robert Curtis Brown as Commander Andrew Pryce 
  • Kristen Gutoskie as Beth 
  • Erin Way as Erin
  • Krista Morin as Rachel Tapping 
  • Clea DuVall as Sylvia 
  • Cherry Jones as Holly Maddox 
  • Sydney Sweeney as Eden Blaine
  • Greg Bryk as Commander Ray Cushing 
  • Rohan Mead as Isaac 
  • Julie Dretzin as Eleanor Lawrence
  • Ashleigh LaThrop as Natalie / Ofmatthew
  • Sugenja Sri as Sienna
  • Jonathan Watton as Commander Matthew Calhoun
  • Charlie Zeltzer as Oliver 
  • Christopher Meloni as High Commander George Winslow 
  • Elizabeth Reaser as Olivia Winslow
  • Mckenna Grace as Esther Keyes
  • Zawe Ashton as Oona 
  • Jeananne Goossen as Aunt Ruth
  • Natasha Mumba as Danielle 
  • Victoria Sawal as Tyler
  • Amanda Zhou as Vicky 
  • Christine Ko as Lily 
  • Genevieve Angelson as Gladys Wheeler
  • Carey Cox as Rose Blaine

The Handmaid’s Tale is available to stream on Hulu. Here’s how to watch it for free.

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