What do you do for an encore as 2017’s best drama? The Handmaid’s Tale team put their blinders on and got back to work

The Emmy and Golden Globe wins were appreciated, but Bruce Miller and his cast and crew put their focus on making Season 2 the best it could be, writes Debra Yeo.

On the Toronto set of The Handmaid's Tale, the sitting room of the Waterford house. This is a larger version of a real room in the Hamilton house that doubles as the Waterford home. (BROOKE PALMER/COURTESY OF MGM TELEVISION)

You could say Bruce Miller and his cast and crew donned metaphorical handmaids’ hoods to make the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale.

A lot has happened since the Hulu/MGM series — based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel about a dystopian society that enslaves its women — was first released in April 2017.

Besides gathering heaps of critical praise, The Handmaid’s Tale won the Golden Globe for Best Drama and eight Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama and a writing prize for showrunner Miller. It also became part of real-world political conversations when women wore handmaid costumes to protest bills seen as injurious to women’s rights at U.S. state legislatures.

That’s a lot of added pressure on top of the usual sophomore jitters, so how does one cope? One puts on blinders and gets down to the business of making the best TV show one possibly can.