The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 Episode 5 is almost here. But exactly what time can you start watching? Even though it’s advertised as premiering on Wednesday, May 12, it technically drops on Hulu on Tuesday, May 11 in many time zones.
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The Episode Drops Late on Tuesday Night or Early Morning on Wednesday
The new episode, called “Chicago,” drops late Tuesday night, May 11 or early morning Wednesday, May 12.
Technically, it airs at 12 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday, May 12. In the Central time zone, that’s 11 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, May 11. In Mountain time, that’s 10 p.m. And on the West Coast in Pacific time, it will premiere at 9 p.m. Pacific on Tuesday, May 11.
In the Hawaiian time zone, you can watch at 6 p.m. on May 11, which is a much more convenient time for these viewers! In Alaska, that’s 8 p.m. on May 11 in Juneau.
So if you’re on the West Coast, you can watch the new episode before going to sleep and you don’t even have to stay up late. But if you’re on the East coast, you might want to wait until Wednesday. For people in all time zones, the new episode will be available on Wednesday, May 12 any time that you decide to check Hulu.
How to Watch Online
In the United States, you can only watch The Handmaid’s Tale online via Hulu.
You can watch The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 Episode 5 at this link. Just search for The Handmaid’s Tale and the new episode will be on Hulu once it’s available. Plans start at just $5.99 a month, so it’s pretty inexpensive to watch.
Hulu is also offering a short free trial, in case you want to try the service.
If you’re outside the U.S., however, then you’ll need to watch The Handmaid’s Tale a different way, and the time it drops will be different for you too. In UK, Channel 4 will have the new season, and Amazon Prime UK will also have it.
SBS Australia is showing each episode on the same day it premieres in the U.S.
HBO Nordic will have the episodes to stream a day after they air in the U.S. In Romania, HBO will release the new episodes on the same day as Hulu.
What Happened Last Week?
Spoilers from last week are below.
So far, the new season has been very intense. Last week, June and Janine thought they found freedom when escaping Gilead, only to wind up with a scavenger group that is equally harsh in its own way. Janine had to sleep with the scavenger group’s leader in order to “buy” them a spot in the group, despite the leader expressing dislike of the idea of sex slaves. He seems to not realize that coercion with the threat of mostly assured death is basically the same thing. (Or he’s purposefully avoiding that realization so he can continue his abhorrent practices.)
Rita, however, is enjoying a better life in Canada and is standing up against the Waterfords. She won’t be a pawn for either of them, and it’s glorious to watch.