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From her breakout role on Orange is the New Black to her Emmy-Award winning performance in The Handmaid's Tale, Samira Wiley has quickly become the queen of the streaming world. We got the chance to catch up with the actress at the launch of the new American Express Pay It/Plan It card, where she offered up some spoilers regarding the highly-anticipated second season of the award-winning show. "We're gonna go to some dark places, but we're also gonna find some light in there, as well," she teases.
The first season ended with Wiley's character, Moira, making her grand escape. Now that she finally broke free she'll have to readjust to life with her family. "We're gonna follow Moira in Canada now. She has found part of her family, Luke, in Canada with her, so they are going to have to figure out their life and how to hopefully, somehow, get their family back intact," she says.
The upcoming season of the show will definitely expand beyond life in Gilead as it follows Emily, (Alexis Bledel's character), into the Colonies. "We're going to go to this horrible place called the Colonies, and we're really going to get to see what life is like there," she teases. "We're gonna see the women who live there and die there, because it's inevitable that they, unfortunately, will perish at the Colonies."
The show, based on Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel with the same name, features a strong female cast and details the horrors of a corrupt patriarchy-- themes that, unfortunately, are all too relatable on some level in today's society. "I feel so lucky," Wiley says of her involvement in the series. "The essence of the story is about female empowerment. I feel like I found myself in back-to-back projects that are championing women in a way that people are catching onto now, and I'm just so happy to be a part of both of them."
Although the story line of the first season ends at the end of the novel, Atwood is working closely with the writers on the second installment of the show, to continue telling the story. The second season is slated to air in 2018 on Hulu.