Posted on 05/29/2018 at 04:30 PM by Jeffrey Bruner

Margaret Atwood has a message for fans watching the TV adaptation of her dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale: Relax.

The television show, created by Hulu and broadcast around the world, was destined to diverge from the novel in its second season, she said.

“It’s a television series. If you’re going to have a series, you can’t kill off the central character, and you also can’t have the central character escape to safety in episode one of season two. It’s not going to happen,” she said at the Hay literary festival in Wales this past weekend

Atwood sold the film and television rights to the book nearly thirty years ago. The 1990 film starred Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, and Aidan Quinn.

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