AceShowbiz - Viewers were left in shock after "The Handmaid's Tale" aired its season 2 finale on Wednesday, July 11. Many are wondering what will happen to Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) after [SPOILER ALERT!] Emily (Alexis Bledel) shoved a knife into her back, pushed her down the stairs and kicked her until she could barely stir.
While some others speculate that this will be the last time they see Aunt Lydia on the dystopian series, producer Warren Littlefield has said otherwise. "The first thing we said [to Ann] is, 'You're not dead, but it's going to be a pretty brutal scene,' " he said in an interview with SiriusXM. "She was completely up for it." After realizing what he just said during the interview, he noted, "Maybe that's an enormous spoiler I just gave you."
Despite knowing that, he still explained how Aunt Lydia survived the attack in the finale. "There were different choices of how we shot that, that could have indicated that there was absolutely nothing, no signs of life," he said. "But you do see it at the foot of the stairs, that there are signs of life. Is there great risk? Absolutely. But yeah, again, I think I may have done a big spoiler here."
Showrunner Bruce Miller also confirmed that Aunt Lydia would be returning to season 3 during an interview with TheWrap. "Aunt Lydia doesn't die," he said. "She's transformed by this event, one of her girls has literally stabbed her in the back. And that kind of, you know, alters your workplace feelings on a day-to-day basis. You don't want to turn your back on them. So I think in some ways, there's a lot of possible effects, but in her case it makes her double down on that she feels she just wasn't strong enough in her discipline. So she's decided it's time to get tough."
Seasons 1 and 2 of "The Handmaid's Tale" are now streaming on Hulu. The series will return for season 3 in 2019.