Under His Eye! With The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 returning to Hulu this week, we brought you a quick recap of last season and some prediction about how this season will go. Read on find out more. May the Lord Open!
Of course, spoilers for the first two seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale follow.
Season 2 Recap
Finally, The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 premieres this week! Fans had a mixed reaction to the season 2 finale: some loved it, some hated it. But one thing everyone agreed on is that we simply cannot wait for the next season.
Last season, we left off right as Offred aka June (Elisabeth Moss) gave her and Nick’s baby daughter to Emily aka Ofglen (Alexis Bledel), so they could escape Gilead and reach Canada. A massive rebellion which included Handmaids, Marthas, and even some wives, including Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) ended off the season.
Serena is by far one of the most prominent antagonists of the story; she’s tortured and abused June, on numerous occasions. Still, it’s clear she is jealous of her ability to have children, and also feels for her Handmaid. So when Serena joined the rebellion, it left us all shocked. She wasn’t actively doing anything – she saw June trying to escape, and did nothing; this helped June, and her baby get away. Season 3 might show us who Serena really is: is she really evil or can she see right through everything, and turn out good?
Meanwhile, Emily stabbed Aunt Lydia; we last saw Lydia bleeding out. It seems unlikely that creators will kill off this character, however. One of the most “popular” characters, Lydia is the driving force of the plot. In fact, the show’s creator, Bruce Miller, said in an interview, “Aunt Lydia doesn’t die. I don’t think Aunt Lydia can die.” Phew! We can’t wait to see whose side she’ll be on, and who she’ll help, much like Serena.
However, the most talked about part of The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 came from June’s final choice…
June’s Divisive Decision
Before the season 2 finale, fans felt excited about the show. However, when June decided to stay in Gilead and fight, once again separated from her child, it felt like a death sentence. After all, the possibility of June surviving now seems impossible. While it feels like showrunners wanted to make her a hero, the choice fell flat with most viewers. Fans found it a betrayal of her previous, ostensibly sole, goal: scape Gilead and reunite with Luke, giving her daughter a better life. The decision to stay seemed forced, like creators wanted June to remain in Gilead so they could write some more seasons. As we all know, showrunners famously said they had mapped out ten seasons of Handmaid’s Tale.
Still, a few fans agreed with June’s decision. Some found it heroic, making her a martyr for a greater cause. Other pointed out June’s already tried to escape three times, failing each time. It only makes sense that she’d fail again. Writers should be wary of using this plotline again, though. It works once or twice, but viewers have become tired of showrunners raising their hopes, only to dash them. There’s so much at stake for June’s escape, using this trick, again and again, numbs the audience.
Which brings us to what season 3 may hold…
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3: Everything Is At Stake
While fans are split on season 2’s ending, few dispute it set up the central conflict in The Handmaid’s Tale season 3. Remember, June’s first daughter, Hannah, remains trapped in an orphanage in Gilead. The series’ pilot’s opening scene shows Hannah forcefully taken away from June. It’s likely that June’s main goal in season 3 will be to locate Hannah and try to smuggle both of them out of Gilead.
This season will likely follow the growing rebellion and its fallout. Who will receive punishments, and what will they be? Meanwhile, June works solo (or possibly with Nick) to get Hannah out of Gilead. The series might end with June’s escape – but how long can they put it off? The show’s seen some great acts of rebellion, such as the bombing attack in the new Red Center, and June’s escapes. However, after the massive uprising, things cannot go back to normal in Gilead. We expect more rules in a stricter regime: commanders should become more paranoid and panicked than ever. Perhaps even a war would start between Gilead and the rest of the free world.
We hope creators being in new characters: new commanders, Handmaids, and rules, as well as higher stakes for everyone. This will make the future of the series so much stronger.
Blessed Be the Fruit.