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'The Handmaid's Tale' Was Filming in Washington, D.C. As Trump Made His National Emergency Declaration, and the Photos Are Chilling

As President Donald Trump was sending the country into a frenzy by declaring a national emergency to fund his wall at the southern border on Friday, the scene on the National Mall in Washington was coincidentally ominous.

The hit Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale chose this sunny Friday to film at the Lincoln Memorial. Dozens of women in red robes and white bonnets dotted the steps of the monument.


A bit haunting, no?

And people were kind of freaking out.

These two get it.

We all are.

The dark series takes place in a dystopian, theocratic future in the post-USA republic of Gilead, where rich men run the show and free women have few rights.

(No spoilers ahead).

In this universe, many of the wealthy are mysteriously infertile. The handmaids, clad in red, are captured fertile women who survived the collapse of the United States.

Canada is still awesome though.

The handmaids have one duty: breeding. Those that successfully give birth are spared. Those who step out of line, or fail to bring a pregnancy to term, are disposed of. Justice is merciless.

Fans of the show were pretty stoked.

People dressed as handmaids flooded the nation's capital last fall to protest the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Currently, The Handmaid's Tale is filming its third season.

A trailer which aired during the Super Bowl teased that the Washington Monument had been converted to an enormous cross. Moss, who plays the lead character June (known as Offred to those in Gilead), does a voiceover: “They should have never given us uniforms if they didn’t want us to be an army."

Nolite te Bastardes Carborundorum, indeed.