A religion-based autocracy has taken over most of the United States, renaming the country Gilead. In this country women are second-class citizens. Anyone trying to escape is punished. One such person is June, who is captured while trying to escape with her husband and child and is sentenced to be a handmaid, bearing children for childless government officials. As a handmaid, June is renamed Offred. This is her story. Written by
Did You Know?
Original author Margaret Atwood
was quite involved in the script adaptation of her 1985 novel insofar as the update of the vernacular over the intervening 32 years. According to showrunner Bruce Miller
, she had to ask the the scriptwriters to explain the meaning of the term "carpet munchers". See more