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James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood are part of the star-studded cast in 'Westworld.' (HBO/File)
Some award-winning TV series like Game of Thrones and Stranger Things have confirmed that they will not return until 2019, leaving most TV series enthusiasts lost and wondering what they will watch for the rest of the year.
In no particular order, here are the six TV series returning this year that you should binge-watch (caution, spoilers from previous seasons follow):
The Handmaid’s Tale
On Jan. 14, Hulu published a new trailer for the upcoming season of The Handmaid’s Tale on YouTube, showing darker situations and some new settings in flashbacks and flash forwards. Based on the Margaret Atwood novel, the series is set in the near future in a place called Gilead, which was formerly the United States, where women basically do not have any rights.
Showrunner Bruce Miller stated that there would be more "rebellious" actions from June/Offred (Elisabeth Moss). Other than the fact that Offred is getting more defiant, it was confirmed that Ofglen (Alexis Bledel) would make a comeback with her own background story. Wait until April for this Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series to tell its new tales.
Better Call Saul
The fourth season of AMC’s critically acclaimed prequel to Breaking Bad will make a comeback this year with 10 episodes, after the season finale left us with a startling ending.
The fourth season of Better Call Saul will obviously continue to create more drama in Jimmy’s (Bob Odenkirk) life and career towards becoming Saul Goodman, the pseudonymous lawyer in Breaking Bad.
As we could see from the previous final episode, Jimmy and his brother Chuck (Michael McKean) were not on good terms. Shockingly, there was a big house fire and everyone assumed that Jimmy’s brother, Chuck, might be dead. But then again, as everyone knows, never believe a character is dead unless you have seen the body.
The premiere of Westworld’s first season was surely mind-blowing, and there is nothing more painful than having to wait more than a year for its second season. Luckily, HBO confirmed that the series would make a comeback this spring.
This series is about an amusement park called Westworld, where visitors can make their monstrous and illicit fantasies come true. There are "hosts" (robots who look human) who take care of the park, and the park staff allows its guests to do whatever they want to the hosts with no consequences.
From the season two trailer, we know that Westworld will carry a deeper story line. The park is becoming more dangerous and the theme is starting to become more man vs. machine. It seems the first season was just the start.
Orange is the New Black
Although Jenji Kohan’s hit series Netflix has not yet confirmed the release date of season six, fans have strong suspicions that it will come out in June. Orange is the New Black is a drama series about Piper (Taylor Schilling), who was imprisoned for 13 months for being an accomplice to one of her ex-girlfriends, Alex (Laura Prepon), who was convicted of drug distribution.
After Litchfield’s riot in the previous season left us with a cliffhanger, there is a fan theory that all the prisoners in Litchfield will be divided into different prisons and will not meet each other again. Keep in mind that nothing has been confirmed yet. So far Netflix has only said that there would be a big change in the upcoming season.
When: March 1
Fans of Atlanta have been waiting for the second season since production was delayed last year due to actor and director Donald Glover’s busy schedule. So when FX announced the official season two premiere date last week, fans were glad the wait was over.
Interestingly, the season two trailer revealed that it would not be called season two but “Atlanta Robbin’ Season.” Glover explained that “Robbin’ Season” is a term for a holiday period where domestic robberies often occur on Christmas in Atlanta. He described that as a “very tense and desperate time,” which could be related to the characters' desperate transition from their lives before to the lives they are currently heading to.
The second season will continue the story of a young Princeton dropout named Earn (Donald Glover), who is also a manager trying to improve his cousin Paperboi’s (Brian Tyree Henry) rap career.
Last August HBO confirmed that the famous dramedy Insecure had already been renewed for a third season. It is about a black woman named Issa (Issa Rae) and her best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji), which has a dynamic storyline, covering their love lives, work problems, racism and sexism. The fun part of watching this show are the parts where Issa raps in front of the mirror about her feelings, which is very emotionally moving as it shows how she deals with problems and her opinions about her surroundings.
Besides the powerful message in the story, the soundtrack in this series is a highlight, with songs from Miguel, SZA, GoldLink, Brent Faiyaz, Bryson Tiller and so many more.
Since season two started, all of the fans keep questioning whether Issa and Lawrence (Jay Ellis) will get back together. Tragically, the question was answered with an emotional, complicated and heart-breaking season finale. Sadly, no dates have been confirmed yet about the third season, but fans are pretty sure that this dramedy will return this year. (dev/kes)
Selma Handayani Lubis is a 22-year-old fresh graduate from the University of Indonesia majoring in French literature & culture and is always eager to learn more languages. Catch her at https://www.instagram.com/selmalubis/.
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