Sydney commuters did double takes this morning as they were passed by red-robed handmaids on the city's streets.
Women dressed in the iconic robes and white winged bonnets of the handmaids from Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel were spotted on the streets, in train stations, in workplaces, lecture halls and shopping centres ahead of the highly anticipated premiere of the second season of The Handmaid's Tale tonight on SBS at 8.30PM.
People were quick to share their images of the handmaids - and their unease at the grim dystopia they represent.
The Handmaid's Tale, starring Elisabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel, Yvonne Strahovski, Ann Dowd, Joseph Fiennes and Samira Wiley, tells the petrifying story of a future reality where democracy has been overthrown in favour of a totalitarian system run by Christian fundamentalists.
Women have lost all bodily autonomy, and have become property of the government to be used for breeding purposes.
The 1985 book became an iconic piece of feminist literature. Check out the first two episodes of season two of The Handmaid's Tale on SBS Australia at 8.30pm and at SBS On Demand now.
Episode one: June
Episode two: Unwomen
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A weekly conversation delving into the latest episode of The Handmaid's Tale, season 2. There are spoliers aplenty, so watch the episodes and then listen in to help work through your thoughts.