‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 3 Finale: Reactions, Recap, And More

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The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 has officially wrapped up! Here’s everything you need to know about the season, finale, and fans’ and critics’ reactions. Blessed be the fruit. It should be clear, but: spoilers for The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 lie ahead.

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3 Recap

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In case you missed most of The Handmaid’s Tale season 3, here’s a quick recap: It started off right where the second season ended. June had managed to smuggle her infant daughter Nicole, and her friend, Emily (Alexis Bladel), out of Gilead, with the help of Commander Lawrence. However, the season failed to focus on this opportunity. Instead, it focused heavily on Serena regretting giving away Nicole and trying to get her back. Meanwhile, June starts tracking down her firstborn, Hannah, without much luck. At the same time, she also tries to convince Serena to let go of her plan to return Nicole to Gilead.

Finally, the final three episodes gave everyone what they wanted: June’s plan to smuggle dozens of children out of Gilead and into Canada. The last episode unfolded beautifully, showing the operation beat by beat; June took charge of it all. She even commanded Commander Lawrence to continue when he wants to back out. In the end, the children got to Canada safely with Moira, Luke, and Emily. Sure, the episode had a few plot holes, like June and the other Marthas getting hundreds of kids into a plane in the middle of the day. However, overall, the episode provides viewers with satisfying answers. Rita stands out as the star of the episode: her bravery, her love for June, and her meeting Luke for the first time all stand out.

Fans’ and Critics’ Reactions

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So, how did fans and critics react to the end of The Handmaid’s Tale season 3? Well, after the season finale aired last week, viewers wasted little time posting their opinions online, as usual. Almost everyone agreed that the third season was the show’s weakest. One only needs to look at the show’s Rotten Tomatoes’ score over the seasons to see critics agree. The first season earned 94% fresh reviews, the second 89%, and this third season 81%. Overall, fans and critics felt the plotline failed to hold up episode to episode, and that character development took a backseat to shocking reveals.

However, many agreed that, while season 3 left much to be desired, the finale did not. Most felt the 95 minutes of pure suspense corrected the sins of this season and the last, setting up some serious questions for next season. Viewers shed tears, all while remaining on the edge of their seat. That’s quite the reaction! Yes, the episode had some plot holes; but overall, the creators of the show finally took the season to where it should have been all along. That’s better than nothing.

So, where does that leave us for season 4?

What’s Next?

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Recently, Hulu confirmed a fourth season of The Handmaid’s Tale, likely to air next season. This should come as no surprise, even with diminishing returns, the show continues to pull in viewers. Even without any Emmy nominations this year, it’s still remained one of the most talked-about shows of this year.

So, what might happen in season 4? Well, viewers want writers to answer one big question: how does June Osborn keep surviving again and again? From the stringent laws of Gildead to escaping the freezing woods outside of Boston, she likely should have died a long time ago. Maybe it’s also time for her to pass the torch? Plus, let’s not forget that the Waterfords are in Canada’s custody, and Fred gave away Serena. So, there are plenty of characters to follow in the upcoming season.

Overall, the finale made up for a rocky season. Fans and critics just hope that season 4 keeps up the suspense and plotting they used in the finale. Until then, Godspeed.