- The Washington Times - Monday, June 3, 2019

Two executive producers on the hit Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale” agreed Sunday that the U.S. is on a “slippery slope” toward the dystopian society depicted on the show.

“We’re on a very, very slippery slope toward Gilead,” Warren Littlefield told CNN’s “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter.

“Yes, yes,” agreed Ann Dowd, who also plays Aunt Lydia on the show.

“The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood, pictures a barren society where the remaining fertile women are enslaved, raped, impregnated and forced to give up their babies to the political ruling class. The show, which started filming during the 2016 presidential election, will air its third season on Wednesday.

“We’re a heck of a lot closer than we were in season one, which is terrible,” Ms. Dowd said. “It was scary in season one, and it got more and more serious as we were shooting the pilot that ‘this is happening.’”

The comments came after Mr. Stelter noted the anti-abortion movement sweeping several states in the U.S., including in Georgia, where the Republican governor recently signed into law a ban on abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, except for in cases of rape, incest, or a medical emergency.

“When I saw what was going on in Georgia, I thought, ‘This can’t be real,’” Ms. Dowd said. “It stunned me.”

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