The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu’s hit drama series based on Margaret Atwood’s best-selling novel, is set in the future, dystopian world of “Gilead,” which has replaced the former United States. But what part of the U.S. does the Republic of Gilead encompass?
Atwood’s book and the Hulu series both makes reference to parts of New England and the East Coast, including Boston, Washington D.C. and Canada, among other areas. Certain landmarks in New York City and the city of Chicago have also been mentioned, although Chicago was referred to as a war zone, so it doesn’t appear that Chicago is fully part of the Republic of Gilead just yet, at least according to the Hulu series.
Twitter user Bill Geerhart shared a few photos of a map of Gilead below, including some specific stats of where the Colonies (the atomic wasteland), Rebel-Occupied Areas, and Conflict Borders were located during season 2. According to Geerhart, the map was a decorative prop on display at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre during the season 2 finale premiere last year. The blue highlighted areas on the map represent different districts of Gilead, which has taken over most of the Eastern, Northeastern, and Midwestern parts of the country, according to the season 2 map.
A Republic of Gilead map was one of the decorative props on display at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre for Monday’s screening of #TheHandmaidsTale season 2 finale. Here are some shots of the map. #AtomicWasteland H/T @ClarkeIngram pic.twitter.com/HPLDKr818J
— Bill Geerhart (@CONELRAD6401240) July 11, 2018
According to the Handmaid’s Tale Wiki page, anti-Gilead/pro-US forces have “retained control of the entire West Coast and the Gulf Coast including most of Texas and all of Florida,” based on the map above. Rebel forces also control territory along the Canadian border and northern Michigan, along with areas around Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and New York state.
The Wiki page also states that the states making up the Republic of Gilead include: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.
It should be noted that Atwood herself never released a map of her fictional world, but fans have taken it upon themselves to create their own, based on information from the book and Hulu series. According to the Alternate Timelines, the above map is based …read more