Aunt Lydia is one of the main characters in Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments. The story is narrated by three characters: Aunt Lydia, and June’s two daughters, Hannah and Nichole (although the sisters go by different names). The novel is being developed into a spin-off series for Hulu, helmed by The Handmaid’s Tale showrunner Bruce Miller. And according to Miller, The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 planted the seeds for Aunt Lydia’s Testaments plot.
[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 and Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments.]
The Testaments is Atwood’s sequel to her Handmaid’s Tale novel. Originally, she didn’t plan on writing a sequel to the story, published in 1985. But Donald Trump getting elected inspired her to continue the tale.
“It put wind in my sails, let’s put it that way,” Atwood told Seth Meyers in 2019. “It encouraged me.”
Atwood has been …