Behind-the-scenes photos from the set of The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5, shared during filming, are revealing some spoilers before the new season even begins and clues about what to expect. The new season is kicking off on September 14, and episode titles for the entire season have been released too.
Note: will be some spoilers in this article for Season 5.
Fans Saw the Cast Filming What Was Likely Fred’s Funeral
Here’s a look at some of the set photos that have been shared.
In a Reddit thread here, shared by u/icewizie, we see a series of photos from the set. The photos show the wives gathered en masse with veils over their heads.
In the discussion, fans consider that they are likely attending a funeral, perhaps Fred’s. Another person wrote that this was 100% a funeral and they saw a casket during filming. One person wrote that there were 500 extras on set that day.
The photos they shared might be related to the scene in this video:
Me with TikTok of people filming season 5 of the handmaid's tale pic.twitter.com/Q3N5Jw6t1Z
— Alex (Taylor's Version) (@LetterkennyFD) March 8, 2022
On March 3, one person commented that they likely had filmed Fred’s funeral in Brantford, and Serena appeared to be wearing a black dress.
They're filming Season 5 of the Handmaid's Tale in Brantford. At yesterday's shoot at the courthouse (transformed into Gilead) they likely filmed Commander Fred Waterford's funeral. Pretty sure it's Serena in black funeral dress. Watch for the defiant sweep of the gown. pic.twitter.com/Ewb9DfRTRa
— @brantlawassn (@brantlawassn) March 3, 2022
Here are more photos from the funeral set.
📸 | Novas fotos da Yvonne Strahovski como Serena Joy nas gravações do funeral do Fred (foi é tarde). #TheHandmaidsTale
créditos: @/mrteachasaurus pic.twitter.com/dJHPbFIxHD
— Yvonne Strahovski Brasil (@YStrahovskiBR) March 6, 2022
In fact, many people got photos from the funeral scenes in March.
Here’s a closeup of what is likely Serena:
— Yvonne Strahovski Brasil (@YStrahovskiBR) March 2, 2022
And an even closer picture of her has been released.
Here are some *rumoured* episode titles that have been floating around. They’re certainly interesting so we’ll have to wait and see if they’re real 👀🩸
4. Dear Offred
7. No Man’s Land
10. Safe pic.twitter.com/QsOoM0hcgw
— Handmaid’s Fans 👁🗨 (@handmaidsfans) June 17, 2022
Along with the Commanders seated for the funeral ceremony.
Redditor u/icewizie also shared more photos from filming here. These also appeared to be from Fred’s funeral.
A photo from Elisabeth Moss’s Instagram Story also revealed a U.S. flag with just two stars on it, u/icewizie shared on Reddit. Fans also noticed that the flag only had seven stripes instead of the original 13.
Some Photos Show Women Dressed in Purple
A series of photos shared on Coconuts and Treason show some women dressed in purple.
Here’s another look:
purple dress ！！！！
— ✨🏃♀️ (@KaRry_1997) March 4, 2022
June & Luke Still Appear Close in Some Photos
In some photos, June and Luke still appear to be close and even sharing a kiss, according to photos shared on one Reddit thread.
However, a military vehicle near these photos may cast a darker mood to the scene.
Another photo shows them scrubbing graffiti from outside their home.
Elisabeth Moss and O-T Fagbenle
were shooting a scene together for The Handmaid's Tale season 5 at a location for the US Consulate in Toronto. Elisabeth was also filming a scene with Nichole at a park earlier today. #rubyroad #handmaidstale@TOFilming_EM pic.twitter.com/9Y4szeL4kZ
— Diego Malone (@diegomalone) March 26, 2022
Around that same time, June was scene filming with Baby Nichole.
June Visits Emily’s House
A series of photos shows June visiting Emily’s house, as shared by the spoiler subreddit Coconuts and Treason.
This is confusing because it was previously reported that Alexis Bledsole is leaving the show before Season 5.
New Handmaid's Tale filming pics! June going to Emily's house (I think) In S3 when she reunited with Oliver they showed the door and it had that 451) Thanks to @rondiadamson (IG) for the pics and to @elisabethmoss2020 (IG) for sharing! @TOFilming_EM @handmaidsfans @ILobiral pic.twitter.com/y0NyXzZDRz
— Diana Carvajal (@Dianita2928) April 25, 2022
You can see more photos above.
Someone Ends Up on the Wall
Serena Is Seen Protecting Her Baby
Well, at least she’s not using that poor baby as a human shield.
— Handmaid’s Fans 👁🗨 (@handmaidsfans) June 21, 2022
A series of photos are circulating showing Serena protecting her baby.
New: Yvonne Strahovski on set filming “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 5 in Toronto.@TOFilming_EM
.#yvonnestrahovski #thehandmaidstale #serenajoy #tht #serenajoywaterford #onset #filming #toronto #bts #celebrity #behindthescenes #setlife #hollywoodnorth pic.twitter.com/kscDBasGML
— onset_toronto (@onset_toronto) June 15, 2022
More pics of Yvonne from filming HMT
Action! Two-time Emmy nominee Yvonne Strahovski held a baby Tuesday while pretending that Serena Joy Waterford, the character of her Handmaid’s Tale, was nearly hit by a truck on the set of the Hulu hit series in Toronto #thehandmaidstale pic.twitter.com/1uTeAQAhtH
— OfSerena🏳️🌈👭🐈💖🏳️🌈 (@witchfic) June 16, 2022
More Scenes Were Filmed This Month
York Region reported that on June 10, film crews returned to Newmarket’s downtown to film more scenes for Season 5. This was after previous scenes had been filmed in the region in March. Parts of the area reserved for filming included the Old Town Hall, St. Paul’s Church, the Market Square parking lot, and more.
A night shoot took place on June 15, according to the Twitter account @handmaidsfans.
Here are some photos from the set in February when it filmed in the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts in Toronto.
"Praise be", the #HandmaidsTale is filming in the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts in Toronto using the code name "Ruby Road." Clever! Production trucks are on Scott, The Esplanade, Church and Front. Any fans? It's so cold this evening! ❄️❄️ @TOFilming_EM pic.twitter.com/agLwlVkfpu
— Anita Windisman (@AnitaWindisman) February 19, 2022
They Filmed in Cambridge in March
The series also filmed at the Forbes Estate in Cambridge in late March.
The Handmaid’s Tale is also filming at the Forbes Estate in Cambridge this week! 👀🎥🎬♥️ pic.twitter.com/6B6JmZlbCx
— Handmaid’s Fans 👁🗨 (@handmaidsfans) March 30, 2022
Kitchener reported that some filming took place near a “heritage home built in 1912 by local industrialist George Forbes.”
When they filmed in Cambridge, there was a warning about the filming, Handmaid’s Fans shared on Twitter. The filming notice read that it “could involve some highly visible graphic content that may be disturbing. Community members are advised to avoid the filming locations.”
The Handmaid’s Tale returns to Cambridge over the next two weeks for filming! 👀🎥
— Handmaid’s Fans 👁🗨 (@handmaidsfans) May 13, 2022
In May, they filmed in Welland.
— Lynn Williams (@AchievingLynn) May 2, 2022
A Recent Scene Was Filmed on a Beach
Filming took place today at a very exciting and interesting new/secret location! 👀🎥🎬🏖🏠 pic.twitter.com/4sGD1jQURb
— Handmaid’s Fans 👁🗨 (@handmaidsfans) June 8, 2022
A secret scene was also filmed on a beach, Handmaid’s Fans shared on Twitter. Speculation was rampant on this one, with some fans wondering if June is in these scenes or Serena.