Hulu’s answer to the Netflix original has so far proven a huge success, but The Handmaid’s Tale is not without its inconsistencies. Aunt Lydia (played by Ann Dowd) is a consistent and brutal presence in the series, but her backstory has been given a major upheaval.
Viewers have unearthed some potentially glaring character faults that may trouble the production of the upcoming season four.
Before the oppressive government regime known as Gilead took over and Lydia educated the Handmaids she was a religious elementary school teacher known by her original name of Miss Clements.
However Margaret Atwood’s sequel The Testaments revealed a different origin.
In a theory thread on Reddit one user LaraGarciaClay said: “We don’t know how closely the show will follow the book.
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In flashback, it reveals that as a teacher Lydia reported the promiscuous mother of one of her students Noelle (Emily Althaus) to the authorities, proving that the Aunt has always been suspicious of sexual liberation.
While Margaret Atwood revealed the novel was written in conjunction with the plot followed by the TV series, it’s not without some major changes.
She also noted Ann Dowd’s performance as Lydia helped inspired the book, but in future seasons it’s unlikelyher role will remain consistent with her presence in the books.
The Testaments leaps forwards 15 years from the original novel, but producer Bruce Miller confirms that the new book’s plot will eventually feature in the Hulu series.