The Handmaid's Tale: Bradley Whitford Promoted to Series Regular!

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When The Handmaid's Tale returns, there will be a lot more of a scene stealer. 

According to Deadline, Bradley Whitford has been promoted to a series regular ahead of the third season of the Hulu drama. 

The Emmy-winning actor appeared in the final two episodes of The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 as Commander Lawrence, the man who helped create Gilead. 

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Upon his first appearance on The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Episode 12, it was clear there was something very different about him. 

He was against the way things were done in Gilead, despite his part in building it up from nothing. As such, he opposed to sleeping with Emily (Alexis Bledel). 

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Emily lashed out at Aunt Lydia, stabbing her and throwing her down a set of stairs. Just when it seemed like all hope was lost for Emily, Commander Lawrence stepped in to help her escape Gilead. 

June was also supposed to escape, but she decided to stay behind because her daughter, Hannah, was still under lock and key. 

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She did, however, give her newborn child to Emily. 

With the news that Whitford will be playing a bigger role in the third season, it would make sense for him to continue to help handmaids escape. 

Would the other Commanders in Gilead really suspect that the man who created the system would help people escape from it? 

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Whitford is probably best known for his role Josh Lyman on NBC's The West Wing, but he has also had appearances on the likes of Transparent, Shameless, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. 

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It's unclear when The Handmaid's Tale Season 3 will return, but given that the first two seasons premiered the last week of April, there's a good chance it will be a similar scenario. 

What are your thoughts on this casting news? What do you think will happen with the character?

Hit the comments below. 

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The Handmaid's Tale Quotes

A priest, a doctor, a gay man. I think I heard that joke once. This wasn't the punchline.


A window with white curtains. The glass is shatterproof, but it isn't running away that they're afraid of. A Handmaid wouldn't get far. It's those other escapes, the ones you can open in yourself given a cutting edge or a twisted shape and a chandelier. It's harder on Ceremony Day, but thinking can hurt your chances. My name is Offred. I had another name, but it's forbidden now. So many things are forbidden now.