Why Is Alexis Bledel Leaving The Handmaid’s Story?

Season 5 of “The Handmaid’s Story” has premiered, formally marking the departure of Alexis Bledel. The actor, who portrayed the character Emily within the first 4 seasons, introduced on the finish of Could that she wouldn’t be returning to the present for this newest installment — its penultimate.

“After a lot thought, I felt I needed to step away from ‘The Handmaid’s Story’ at the moment,” Bledel stated in an announcement offered to USA Today on the time. “I’m eternally grateful to (present creator) Bruce Miller for writing such truthful and resonant scenes for Emily, and to Hulu, MGM, the forged and crew for his or her help.”

Bledel has not shared her causes for stepping away from the Hulu present, leaving followers questioning why she did not wish to return to her story. Emily performed a pivotal position by the first 4 installments, initially stepping in as June’s (Elisabeth Moss) purchasing accomplice and ultimately proving herself to be keen to go in opposition to the grain and assist ladies and youngsters escape to Canada. Each season garnered her an Emmy nomination, and he or she took house the prize after season one.

Within the first episode of season 5, which started streaming on Hulu on Sept. 14, Bledel’s character’s absence is defined as viewers watch the fall-out from June’s homicide of Fred in a no man’s land with the assistance of different handmaids. After killing Fred, June goes to Emily’s Canadian house along with her spouse Sylvia (Clea DuVall) and son Oliver, inquiring about her buddy. Sylvia tells a shocked June, “She’s not right here. She went again to Gilead. She went again to combat, I feel. To seek out Aunt Lydia if she will. It is what she wanted to do.”

“What did you say, did you discuss to her?” June asks. Explains Sylvia, “She referred to as. She stated goodbye. I wished to wake Oliver up, however she stated no. … I do not know why she’d say no.” June tells Sylvia she will observe down Emily and “repair this,” which the latter refutes, silencing her with a, “Shut the f*ck up.” Says Sylvia, “She’s gone. I am by no means gonna see her once more. Oliver is rarely gonna see her once more.”

June asserts that Emily’s determination is her “fault,” which Sylvia additionally rebuffs. “I do not care, I do not care. She’s gone. I do not want it to be somebody’s fault,” says Sylvia. “Why does it matter whose fault it’s? So I can hate the proper particular person, so I can hate you? … She was gone after which she was right here, it is extra time than I ever thought I would get. We’re fortunate in loads of methods.”

The present, based mostly on Margaret Atwood’s written work of the identical identify, is heavy and feels particularly poignant with the present state of america. Within the sequence, handmaids don’t have any bodily autonomy and are as a substitute used as breeders and mistreated. The present could be troublesome to observe at instances and fairly presumably troublesome to participate in.

“Tv and drama are secure locations to see your worst fears acted out and sort of expertise them at a take away,” Miller instructed a Tv Critics Affiliation panel in February, per USA At present. “While you give you one thing horrible in your head and put it on tv, after which hear one thing prefer it occurring in the true world, it is simply sickening.”

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