The series based on the dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood will end after six seasons.

'The Handmaid's Tale' has been renewed for a sixth season - which will also be the series' last run for freedom.

Starring Elisabeth Moss as the main protagonist June Osborne, it's fair to say that she's been pulled through the ringer during the first four seasons of the hit Hulu show.

With season five just around the corner, which teases a huge showdown between herself and Yvonne Strahovski's Serena Joy Waterford, we're already speculating what could be next up for this tragic character.

To date, the dystopian series has racked up a huge 15 Emmy wins and 75 nominations. But those who are not looking forward to the end of 'The Handmaid's Tale' series have another production on the horizon.

'The Testaments' will be a spin-off series which will pick up 15 years after the events at the end of 'The Handmaid's Tale', which is also based on Atwood's follow-up novel of the same name. In active development from the series creator Bruce Miller, no actors are yet attached to the project. Expect more information about this once excitement for the original series quietens down.

Hulu's fifth season has a description as follows: June faces consequences for killing Commander Waterford while struggling to redefine her identity and purpose. The widowed Serena attempts to raise her profile in Toronto as Gilead’s influence creeps into Canada. Commander Lawrence works with Nick and Aunt Lydia as he tries to reform Gilead and rise in power. June, Luke and Moira fight Gilead from a distance as they continue their mission to save and reunite with Hannah.

'The Handmaid's Tale' season five begins on Wednesday, September 21 at 10.35 pm on RTÉ 2 and RTE Player.