A terrifying ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ season two kicks off in these iconic Boston spots

They don't look the same, though.

Offred (Elisabeth Moss) at Fenway Park in 'The Handmaid's Tale.'

(Spoilers ahead.) 

If the overall grim dystopia of “The Handmaid’s Tale” wasn’t already frightening enough, the start of season two may feel downright chilling for Boston viewers.

In the first two episodes of the new season, both released on Wednesday on Hulu, Boston landmarks are reimagined as they would appear in the totalitarian, theocratic Republic of Gilead.

The season’s inaugural episode almost immediately begins at Fenway Park.

Fenway Park in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’ —Screenshot/Hulu

A mass of handmaids is thrust into the center of the obviously abandoned ballpark’s weeding lawn, the stadium lights bright enough to illuminate the Green Monster. The lights also shine upon a long row of nooses.


Episode two finds June (Offred) in a local safe house: The Boston Globe‘s former Morrissey Boulevard headquarters in Dorchester. She roams the offices and printing presses of the deserted building, watches “Friends,” and creates a memorial out of cubicle decorations — assorted postcards, candles, a Red Sox hat, and a Boston Globe mug.

FYI: The cubicles look a lot like how they did when the Globe staff was there, despite Hulu never shooting in the building.

The Boston Globe offices as they appear in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’ —Screenshot/Hulu

The second episode also shows a mobbed Logan Airport, full of ICE agents and passengers attempting to flee the country.

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June 18, 2019 | 8:55 AM