The Handmaid’s Tale season 5 FIRST LOOK: Elisabeth Moss and Yvonne Strahovski in teaser images

The Handmaid’s Tale season 5 FIRST LOOK: Elisabeth Moss and Yvonne Strahovski tease aftermath of Fred Waterford’s shocking death

 Commander Frederick R. Waterford (played by Joseph Fiennes) met his demise in season 4 at the hands of Elisabeth Moss’ character June Osbourne in season four.

And now the first images from the aftermath of that shocking event have been revealed.

The 39-year-old actress and castmate Yvonne Strahovski, 39, were seen in first look images released by Hulu for the upcoming season 5 of The Handmaid’s Tale.

 An angry close-up of June’s face could be seen after she had orchestrated the death of the commander who repeatedly raped her throughout the series in the new snap.

The Handmaid’s Tale season 5 FIRST LOOK: Elisabeth Moss and Yvonne Strahovski in teaser images

Not pleased: Elisabeth Moss could be seen in first look images released from season 5 of The Handmaid’s Tale in the aftermath of Commander Frederick R. Waterford (played by Joseph Fiennes) who met his demise in season 4 at the hands of her character June Osbourne

Based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, the show takes place in a patriarchal dystopia called Gilead founded on what used to be the United States.

Women are reduced to a status far beneath that of men, deprived of such basic rights as being permitted to read or use money.

 ‘Handmaids’ are the women forced under veils and subjected to a form of slavery in which they are repeatedly raped for the purpose of producing children.

Meanwhile the other image featured Yvonne’s character Serena – who is Commander Waterford’s wife – as she doesn’t seem too upset as she could be seen smiling behind a black funeral veil. 

Interesting: Yvonne Strahovski's, 39, character Serena - who is Commander Waterford's wife - as she doesn't seem too upset as she could be seen smiling behind a black funeral veil

Interesting: Yvonne Strahovski’s, 39, character Serena – who is Commander Waterford’s wife – as she doesn’t seem too upset as she could be seen smiling behind a black funeral veil

According to Hulu, Serena is looking to ‘raise her profile in Toronto as Gilead’s influence creeps into Canada.’

There will be one familiar face missing from the upcoming season as last month Alexis Bledel shockingly announced her departure from her Emmy-winning role on the show, which had begun filming its fifth season at the time. 

‘After much thought, I felt I had to step away from The Handmaid’s Tale at this time,’ said the 40-year-old actress, who has been on the show since season one. 

‘I am forever grateful to Bruce Miller for writing such truthful and resonant scenes for Emily, and to Hulu, MGM, the cast and crew for their support,’ she told Variety.

Seen onscreen:  Last month Alexis Bledel shockingly announced her departure from her Emmy-winning role on the show, which had begun filming its fifth season at the time

Seen onscreen:  Last month Alexis Bledel shockingly announced her departure from her Emmy-winning role on the show, which had begun filming its fifth season at the time

 Alexis played Emily Malek, who was a Handmaid under the name of Ofglen until she escaped to Canada and who now works for the Mayday resistance.

She won an Emmy for outstanding guest actress for her work on the first season, and has been nominated a further three times for the show.

The show has long since passed up the events of the Margaret Atwood novel, so the writers have a level of freedom to shape the plot around Alexis’ exit.

The Handmaid’s Tale season 5 is set to premiere on Hulu on September 14. 

Watch the Iconic Series The Handmaid’s Tale is available only on Stan in Australia. 

End of the road: 'After much thought, I felt I had to step away from The Handmaid’s Tale at this time,' the 40-year-old actress told Variety in a statement this week

End of the road: ‘After much thought, I felt I had to step away from The Handmaid’s Tale at this time,’ the 40-year-old actress told Variety in a statement this week

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