Margaret Atwood gave ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ showrunner Bruce Miller a list of characters he can’t kill
Hulu’s award-winning drama, The Handmaid’s Tale, is based on characters and events from Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel of the same name. The show took liberties with some storylines and introduced new people. But per Atwood’s request, showrunner Bruce Miller won’t kill off a particular slate of characters.
Margaret Atwood wrote the sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale” titled “The Testaments”
Atwood published his dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985. And after the success of the Hulu series, she wrote a sequel titled the wills, which was released in 2019.
The Wills takes place 15 years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale. It centers on three women – Aunt Lydia, Agnes and Nicole.
All three come from different backgrounds – Aunt Lydia is an aunt who serves Gilead; Agnes grew up as an adopted child in Gilead, and Nicole was smuggled out of the country by her servant mother as a baby. But over time, they form a bond with Mayday and each other.
Atwood’s characters, Agnes and Nicole, were inspired by the Hulu series. They are June’s daughters. And at the end of The Willsthey find June and their biological fathers.
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Showrunner Bruce Miller Can’t Kill A List Of Characters Margaret Atwood Wrote About
Miller often consults with Atwood on the direction of the Hulu drama. And during a panel at the Toronto International Film Festival, he revealed how she guides the writing of the series. “She was involved from the start,” Miller said. “We certainly wouldn’t do anything if she said, ‘No, don’t do that. But she never does.
Miller also noted that Atwood is a fan of the show and enjoys seeing writers explore and flesh out her characters and stories onscreen. Miller spoke to Atwood about developing a new series based on The Wills for years. And while she was writing the story, she gave him an idea of which characters to keep.
“I think about The Wills as far as what I’m doing here, trying not to make it happen, so it’s impossible to do, and killing the people we need,” Miller explained. “When Margaret started writing [The Testaments]she gave me a list of people I was not allowed to kill.
Hulu’s ‘The Testaments’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Will Tell Different Stories
Hulu’s The Wills will use the characters of The Handmaid’s Tale. But as Miller explained to The Hollywood Reporter, the new series will be different.
“The Handmaid’s Tale should be good on its own, and when it’s done, it should be a nice little television that you put on the shelf next to the novel, and it will hopefully add to your enjoyment, and then you can move on to The Wills“said Miller.
“The way Margaret did it, what’s wonderful is you close one and say, ‘I don’t have to open it, but let’s open the next one and see what’s there. in it, it could be anything,” he added. “It’s a sequel, but it’s more of a separate chapter. The horizons are more limitless.
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