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With the return of female-fronted shows like Big Little Lies and The Handmaid’s Tale, it’s about to be an exciting summer for women on TV. The Handmaid’s Tale returned on Hulu on June 5, and fans are already knee-deep in The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 theories. As one of the most talked-about series on TV, spoilers around The Handmaid’s Tale‘s third season are kept under lock and key. Still, fans have their theories about what will happen next, especially after season 2’s explosive finale, which saw June/Offred (Elisabeth Moss) stay in Gilead after helping her friend and fellow handmaid Emily (Alexis Bledel) escape.

What will happen next? Hulu has already released the first three episodes of the Emmy-winning series, but there’s sure to be a lot more twists and turns before the season 3 finale. Can’t wait to find out what happens next? We did the legwork and found TK theories that could predict the sure-to-be nail-biting storyline of The Handmaid’s Tale season 3.

With three episodes on Hulu so far, we’re still weeks away from finding out the end of The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 (and what cliffhanger the creators will leave with us for season 4), so in the meantime, let’s look at what the internet has cooked up for yet another talked-about season of The Handmaid’s Tale.

There’s a Reason No Handmaid Wears Glasses

Before the start of season 3, Reddit user @gmy20 pointed out an interesting observation about how no woman in Gilead wears glasses. “This was an observation I made super early on. None of the women in this show (Handmaid’s, Wives, Econowomen, Marthas) are pictured wearing glasses,” they wrote. “I’m only referring to women because Commander Lawrence does wear glasses. So is it only allowed for males? Gilead is so oppressive I feel like if you wore glasses it could be seen as a weakness or something. It makes me think about people with disabilities. What would happened to you if you were a true Gilead believer but had some sort of serious physical disability? Didn’t Gilead execute all the doctors except a few neonatal doctors?”

This observation could be explained in season 3, according to executive producer Warren Littlefield who told Good Housekeeping of a scene in episode 2 season 3 where Emily, who escaped Gilead in season 2, as her eye prescription checked by a doctor. (As fans remember, Emily wore glasses in her flashback but was without them as a handmaid.) Of course, in true Handmaid’s Tale fashion, the scene isn’t what we think it is. “We know what Emily’s going through, and that examination is not about her eyes,” Littlefield said. “And ultimately, she takes a very deep breath and reaches out to her wife, and says, ‘I’m here.’ And so a journey begins and that journey starts with reconnecting with her wife and child.”

Eyes have been a recurring theme on Handmaid’s Tale since the start. “Under his eye” is a phrase the people of Gilead use to greet each other and when Janine’s eye was removed in episode 1, Moira told June, “We’re breeding stock. You don’t need eyes for that.” Moira also references the the bible verse Matthew 5:29: “If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away.”

We don’t know how eyes will play a part in season 3 yet, but from the looks of it, there’s a lot of symbolism to unravel.

June Will Join Commander Lawrence to Overthrow Gilead

Why did June stay in Gilead after she was so close to escape? That was the question many fans had after the season 2 finale. When asked why June stayed in Gilead, showrunner Bruce Miller told Deadline, “Because she’s a mother. She has one child who’s going off to safety and one child that’s still here so she stays for her daughter Hannah… Season three is really about blessed be the fight. It’s about June rising up to either save Hannah or change the world.”

Though she frees one daughter, Holly/Nicole, with Emily, she stays to rescue her other daughter, Hannah. How will she do so? Well, fans think it will be with the help of Commander Joseph Lawrence, who revealed that he was part of the resistance toward the end of season 2. Here’s how Reddit user @canwin99 thinks the alliance will go down, “June will go to Joseph’s house. June becomes Lawrence’s handmaid… June and Lawrence plan the destruction of Gilead together.”

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Serena Will Become a Handmaid and Be Impregnated

This is a wild (but possible) theory. In season 2, we saw Serena’s arc from Commander Waterford’s cold-hearted wife to a woman who empathized with June. After a few episodes of helping June and the resistance, the season 2 finale saw Serena give June her baby, so they could live free outside of Gilead. But her acts of resistance likely won’t come without punishment. Some fans theorize that “Fred will be purged and Serena will become a handmaid” because of Serena’s actions. Further, in an even more surprising twist of events, Serena will become impregnated by her commander. Is it likely that Handmaid’s Tale will go down this route? Maybe not. But we’re not ruling out just yet.

Season 3 Will Include a Time Jump

Seasons 1 and 2 included flashbacks to the characters of Handmaid’s Tale before Gilead, but because of the events of season 2 and the growing power that the resistance has, fans theorize that season 3 will include time jumps to the future, after the war is over and the handmaids are free. This theory came from a Hollywood Reporter interview with Miller in which he talks about the The Handmaid’s Tale book’s time jumps.

“The book starts, then jumps 200 years with an academic discussion at the end of it, about what’s happened in those intervening 200 years. It’s maybe handled in an outline, but it’s still there in Margaret’s novel. We’re not going beyond the novel, we’re just covering territory she covered quickly, a bit more slowly,” he said.

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Aunt Lydia Will Turn Against Gilead

After Aunt Lydia is stabbed and pushed down some stairs at the end of season 2, fans thought it was over for the terrifying aunt. In an interview with IndieWire, Miller confirmed that Lydia is alive but changed by the near-death experience. “Aunt Lydia doesn’t die, she’s transformed by this event. The fact that one of her girls… has literally stabbed her in the back. I think that that alters your workplace feelings on a day-to-day basis… In her case, it makes her double down that she feels like she just wasn’t strong enough in her discipline. So she, I think, has decided it’s time to get tough.” he said.

Miller suggests that Aunt Lydia will become even more strict after she was almost killed by Emily, but fans believe that Miller’s interview could be a red herring and that Aunt Lydia will actually turn against Gilead and not for it after her near-death. “If Serena, June, Rita & Aunt Lydia join forces they could bring Gilead down,” Reddit user @BeautifulFreedom wrote.

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Rita Is an American Spy

Rita has been one of the most mysterious characters in Handmaid’s Tale so far. The character has never supported the state of Gilead, nor has she been a rebel like June. Fans theorize that she’s a spy to feed the former Americans (and Canadians) information about Gilead so it could eventually be overthrown.

“There’s no way she’s a true believer. She can be religious, but not in the Gilead way. Remember when she said that Isaac could break her jaw without any consequences? She’s too smart to be a true believer… What if Rita is spying on them? What if she’s hiding something in those bean jars? Reddit user @csemege wrote.

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 4: Fans Weigh in on What They Hope Will Happen and You Need to See These Predictions

There hasn’t been a whole lot of information surrounding season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale, but that hasn’t stopped loyal fans from discussing what they would like to see in the hit Hulu series. Read on for predictions from fans for the highly anticipated new season. There are possible spoilers ahead.

What do fans want to see in season 4?

Elisabeth Moss | Erik Voake/Getty Images for Hulu

Reddit is full of people trying to discuss the tight-lipped fourth season of The Handmaid’s Tale. Season 3 left viewers with a huge cliffhanger and we’re all still reeling. Fans across the board want to see more action and finally learn what happens with June (Elisabeth Moss).

“I want to see the rest of the world landing troops on Gilead’s coasts, improvised bombs being detonated everywhere, and paratroopers dropping over Gilead’s cities,” a Reddit user wrote.

“Can’t wait to see War Crimes tribunals. Rita has so much dirt on the Waterfords,” another user said, which is a great point. Rita (Amanda Brugel) was a part of the Waterfords household for a while, so now that she is free in Canada, she could definitely be called to testify against them and the consequences could be dire.

Could Nick return?

You did this, Resistors. Praise be. Season 4 of The #HandmaidsTale is happening! pic.twitter.com/uQfKEGE9cW

— The Handmaid’s Tale (@HandmaidsOnHulu) July 26, 2019

Fans have mixed feelings about June and Nick’s (Max Minghella) storyline. Some are hoping to see more of his character and others could simply care less for him. Speculation is also running high on whether or not June could be pregnant or not.

“More Nick for sure,” someone else said. “I have a feeling in my waters that he and June’s story isn’t finished just yet. I’m struggling to see how June could end up anywhere but The Wall after the finale – maybe a last minute redemption? Could she be pregnant by Commander Lawrence perhaps? It was only the one time but you never know.”

How will ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ address the missing children?

After that explosive and action-packed finale in season 3, the series will have to show how the commanders and their households react to the missing children. “I want the season to open with reactions of the commanders and wives realizing the kids are gone. I want to see them suffer the way they have made the Handmaids suffer,” another Reddit user wrote.

“I really like the point about the rest of the world reacting to the fertility crisis! I think it would’ve been really cool to have like a little scene with Luke walking around in public with Holly in his arms and passerbys like stopping and pointing and smiling and stuff,” another wrote.

What will happen to June?

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— The Handmaid’s Tale (@HandmaidsOnHulu) September 20, 2019

The main character June has experienced pure hell in Gilead up until this point. She was even shot in the season 3 finale and killed a guard. Many fans don’t expect her to take things lying down anymore and they don’t want to see her given to another commander to abuse. “My only wish is that June isn’t immediately handed over to yet another Commander. Like literally, I’m cool with anything except that,” someone noted.

“Bring in some more handmaids,” another user mentioned. “And show them getting the handmaid sales pitch. The court trial, where the judge or someone else says to a young woman, ‘You know, if you’d rather not die in the Colonies, there is another option for you…’”

The Handmaid’s Tale isn’t over just yet, so hopefully fans will get the answers they’re seeking in season 4.

**Warning: Major spoilers for The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 below**

The Handmaid’s Tale season three is coming to an end with the nail-biting finale due to air tonight on Hulu in the US.

Season three has been a wild ride with fans keen to see June (Elisabeth Moss) succeed in her ambitious plans to get 52 children out of Gilead.

It’s not going to be easy, but with Fred Waterford now captured in Canada and awaiting trial for war crimes, things are looking up.

The last episode saw Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) receive preferential treatment as a refugee for turning her husband in – but fans are pretty convinced her luck is about to run out.

Let’s hope so.

Over on Reddit, one viewer has a theory that Serena will end up being denied asylum in Toronto and sent back to Gilead as a traitor.

How satisfying would it be if Serena was made to be a handmaid? (Picture: Hulu)

Reddit user Delta777er writes: ‘First prediction, which I think has a 50/50 chance of happening. I think she will be denied asylum and will be sent back to Gilead.

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‘Second Prediction, probably less than a 20 percent chance of happening, but I think she will either be found to be pregnant or be found to be fertile and forced to be a handmaid as punishment for escaping if prediction one becomes true.

‘I think there has been some foreshadowing to this in the season especially in the last episode.’

Now that would be a twist and a half and make for a very interesting season four.

The promo for tonight’s episode teases a dramatic shootout as June attempts to get the children safely out of Gilead.

The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 finale airs tonight on Hulu in the US.

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(Spoiler alert: Please don’t read ahead unless you’ve seen the Season 2 finale of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Word.”)

June almost made it. She and her newborn daughter Nicole almost made it out of Gilead. Actually, the infant did make it out of the dystopian regime, just without her mommy.

The Season 2 finale of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” entitled “The Word,” ended with Elisabeth Moss’ character making a giant sacrifice, by giving her baby girl Holly/Nicole to Emily (Alexis Bledel) to look after, instead of joining the two on their free ride out of the dystopian society. Instead, the mother of two decides to go against the plan carried out with help from a ton of Marthas on Wednesday’s episode and stay behind. And creator/showrunner Bruce Miller says that’s mainly because of the fact she’s a mother of two.

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“There was incredible amount of push back from me and from everybody else,” Miller told reporters during a conference call about the Hulu series’ Season 2 finale on Monday. “All we want is for her to get out. So even though story-wise you wanna do one thing, emotionally all you want is the other answer. So I guess all we wanted was her to get out, personally. But yeah, I mean, I knew from the middle of season one that this would happen. So because of that, we were working towards this. I mean, once we started to feel the kind of deep vein of regret that Offred was feeling, or June was feeling, at the prospect of leaving Hannah behind and how it was tearing her apart, we felt like after she saw her and after she kinda was faced with the idea of, ‘I am gonna be able to get one child to safety, and now I just have to decide what to do myself.’”

“And so, I don’t think it’s a choice about whether you’re gonna stay behind to try to rescue either your child, I think it’s a need to. I wouldn’t be able to leave one of my children behind. So, I think it wasn’t, when we got to it, it felt very natural to the character. It is an impossible choice, but we are faced with those all the time, so it is interesting to see what she does.”

But don’t worry, because Miller says “we have not seen the last of Emily and Nicole” on his TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s iconic novel.

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“And I don’t know that we’re gonna see Nicole going to her first prom very soon — or Emily, for that matter,” he added. “But we have not seen the last of them. We’ll follow them on their journey after they leave Offred in the tunnel, in the finale, we will be following them.”

“But Emily is a fascinating character, Alexis just has brought her to life in a way that is subtle and complicated and strong and very believable and a really remarkable performance. Subtle beyond subtle and just heartbreaking beyond heartbreaking. And I think that Nicole is quite a popular young girl. There’s lots of people who want her including a whole country of Gilead if she happens to get out.”

“So I think that you’re, definitely it’s a huge, huge puzzle piece of our world,” Miller continued. “It’s June’s child and just as much as Hannah has been a huge part of our show, Nicole’s gonna be a huge part of our show whether it’s in influence or whether it’s in corporeal reality with someone holding them in their arms. She is the force to be reckoned with. She is the next generation that they’re all doing all of this for.”

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As for where Gilead is headed in Season 3 (which doesn’t yet have a premiere date, but is already being created by Miller and company) and after, we’re “returning to both Jezebel’s and the colonies and not just these colonies but other colonies.”

“In the book, it’s underlined that, there are colonies that are where teams of women are taking care of toxic waste and there are colonies where teams of women are picking apples and working in the economy and doing all sorts of other things,” Miller says. “I’d love to see the factory where they make Handmaid costumes, but that’s just me because I figure it’s terrifying to see a whole wall of Handmaid costumes and realize each one represents a woman in June’s position.”

“But we will be revisiting the colonies,” he added. “It was really a such a stunning achievement in terms of art direction and cinematography and directing. It was so beautiful and I would love to continue to dive deeper into kind of how Gilead uses the discarded people, how they used the discarded women.”

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“In terms of Jezebel’s also, I would really like to return to Jezebel’s. The machinations of that place were so fascinating, kind of just everything about it was seen, kind of made into this concentration that you have in one place,” he adds. “And all the scene in Gilead is going through there, the drugs and the black market stuff, and sex, and sex as trade and perversity, and all sorts of heretical sexual gains, and it’s a mess. And I like a mess.”

“So Jezebel’s and also perhaps those kinds of places in Gilead’s secret places that men have built for themselves to escape the other world they built from themselves, which I just think is sad and awful and also fascinating,” Miller said.

And the executive producer — who recently signed an overall deal with Hulu and the series’ studio MGM — has some time to get there, as he doesn’t foresee “The Handmaid’s Tale” ending anytime soon. But it will end, and when it does he has a plan for how it will conclude.

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“Well, we plot it in two different spheres,” Miller said, when asked if he has an idea of when they will wrap up the story. “Three, if you count the kind of moment-by-moment, how are you gonna get through each scene and each moment? And then we do season-by-season. OK this is the shape of the season, this is the arc of the season, this is where we’re going, where we’re weaving towards. And the reason we do that is not to, you don’t want to do it too clearly because if you do it too clearly then everybody knows where you’re going.”

“But we wanna have an idea of possible endings,” Miller says. “And so that’s where we are at the beginning of each season. But overall, I just look at the cards that are up in my office of things that I found interesting in the book. And I start looking at how many of those cards have I done and how many of those cards have I not done.”

“And every time I take one down I put two up,” he added. “What I’d really like, I don’t know how long we will go. But what I want is, when the shows ends you can put it in a box and put it on your shelf next to the book and it is a good, solid, well-thought out, well-told companion piece.”

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“And so I don’t want it certainly to live beyond the time where it feels relevant and well done because I think that would be a disservice to Margaret’s world and Margaret’s book,” Miller says.

Based on how “relevant” the general public seems to feel the series is right now, it has plenty of seasons to go.

Season 2 of “The Handmaid’s Tale” is available for streaming now on Hulu.

20 ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Authoritarians, Ranked From Bad to Exceedingly Evil (Photos)

  • The dystopian, women-subjugating society of “The Handmaid’s Tale” is full of people who willingly sign on with its evil. Whether they’re the leaders who created the place or just collaborators willing to go along, the show is full of people willing to watch others suffer every day — and even inflict that suffering. Here are 20 such folks, ranked by how hardcore they are in rolling with Gilead’s evil agenda. (Warning: Spoilers within!)

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  • 20. Nick (Max Minghella)
    Nick’s not a “bad guy,” and he’s trapped in Gilead like a lot of people, but he’s still a cog in the machine. At most, he uses his position to help June where he can. He’s mostly still standing by and letting everything happen to her, though, and as far as their relationship is concerned, she’s the one taking all the risks. Nick’s a guy who went in for authoritarianism and regrets it, but that doesn’t erase the mistakes he’s made.

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  • 19. That One Aunt (Margaret Atwood)
    The author of “The Handmaid’s Tale” only gets a quick cameo, but as an aunt at the Red Center, her character is undoubtedly embracing the awfulness of Gilead. And she gets to smack June while she’s there.

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  • 18. The Boat Driver (Marvin Kaye)
    When people were fleeing Gilead, this guy was willing to take them across the border in his boat. He was also willing to profit by the situation as much as possible, gouging Luke for whatever he could pay for his passage. He might not be a part of the government, but he’s bad enough to take advantage of its rise.

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  • 17. Jezebel’s Martha (Elena Khan)
    Informing for the government is a good way to take care of yourself at the expense of everyone else. Nick’s Martha friend is willing to sell out the people around her — and people like her are essential to keeping the oppressive system working.

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  • 16. Ambassador Castillo (Zabryna Guevara)
    The Mexican ambassador who meets with the Commander isn’t responsible for the way Gilead treats women, but she’s obviously willing to look the other way when it comes to its policies. Even when June tells her how bad things are, she’s unwilling to do much — and if Mexico is entering into trade with Gilead for handmaids, she’s not only ignoring slavery, she’s about to facilitate it.

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  • 15. Commander Lawrence (Bradley Whitford)

    The former economist who apparently invented the idea of the Colonies seems trapped in the leadership of Gilead, a position he’s in mostly because it keeps him alive. He’s the kind of person who actually tries to make lives better — and risks his life to help people like Emily — making him more a guy trapped in a bad situation than someone fully evil.

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  • 14. Burke (Jim Cummings)
    The interrogator who questions June about Ofglen likes to start his discussions a certain way: with a cattle prod. A government lackey, a brutal interrogator and someone who persecutes women, Burke is an “investigator” whose clearly relishes his job and the power it gives him.

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  • 13. Emma Monroe (Christy Bruce)
    Mere hours after separating her from her child, Commander Monroe and his wife Emma have the handmaid Janine (Madeline Brewer) ready for another “ceremony.” It’s a reinforcement that even among the “nice” commanders and their wives, handmaids are seen as little more than animals.

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  • 12. Naomi Putnam (Ever Carradine)
    Mrs. Putnam is the “wife” whose handmaid, Janine, actually has a baby, a somewhat rare occurrence. Like with June, Putnam is nice to her handmaid right up until the baby is born. After that, Naomi can’t wait to get rid of the other women and go back to treating her and the other handmaids like property.

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  • 11. The Doctor (Kristian Brunn)
    The gynecologist June visits early in Season 1 propositions June, making it clear he’s regularly taking advantage of handmaids for sex, under the pretense of helping them avoid punishment for failing to be impregnated by their commanders. That makes him a guy who manages to take the extremely awful world he lives in and make it even more gross.

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  • 10. The Judge (Thomas Hauff)
    When June’s friend Ofglen is discovered for being a lesbian with another woman, this guy sentences Ofglen’s lover to death and Ofglen to mutilation. Not only is he perfectly comfortable with those sentences and not even giving the women a chance to defend themselves, but it’s a look into the way Gilead systematizes women as lesser people.

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  • 9. Commander Monroe (Matthew Olver)
    Monroe might be considered a “nice” commander, but he’s still a leader of the regime and must have played a part in both its coming to power and in its continuing terrible ways. Plus, like his wife, he’s instantly ready to treat Janine like someone who’s less than human.

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  • 8. Commander Pryce (Robert Curtis Brown)
    Pryce seemed like a paranoid commander, and other than Commander Waterford, he came off as the most devout. But he was still in the car with the others in Season 1, coming up with the best way to brand the idea of all the commanders taking on concubines and making it sound biblical. Ultimately, the commanders don’t even believe their own lies, and Pryce is obviously just trying to consolidate his own power.

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  • 7. Mrs. O’Connor (Marisa Tomei)

    The former wife that Emily meets in the Colonies turns out to be pretty awful. She has so fully bought into Gilead that, even after running afoul of the rules of the nation, she’s still judging the other women, and helping make their lives rougher. Like all true believers, Mrs. O’Connor believes that she’s not actually guilty, and never realizes how she’s helped create an awful world for people who don’t deserve it.

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  • 6. Commander Guthrie (Christian Lloyd)
    Of the leaders of the movement, Guthrie seems to be the most truthful. He’s a jerk who doesn’t really care about the religion side, but it’s his idea to create the handmaids expressly for the purpose of breeding. Where the other leaders are hypocrites, they at least hide it well. Guthrie’s just in this for the gross, exploitative power.

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  • 5. Commander Putnam (Stephen Kunken)
    Putnam has an extra layer of horrific to add to the usual awfulness of the commanders. He convinced his handmaid, Janine, that he was going to run away with her. His lie got him what he wanted from her — a baby — but it helped ruin Janine’s life even more. Now she’s off to the colonies, in no small part thanks to Putnam’s lies.

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  • 4. Commander Cushing (Greg Byrk)

    After the bombing in the beginning of Season 2, Commander Cushing showed up to start investigating everyone in the surrounding area. June correctly identifies that Cushing is a serious problem — not only is he a true believer, he’s also a law-and-order hard ass. He’s fully ready to hang anyone he doesn’t like.

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  • 3. Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd)
    The scary thing about Aunt Lydia is she really is a true believer. She’s fully committed to forcing handmaids into a life of rape and servitude because she thinks it’s the good and right thing to do, and she seems to enjoy dishing out her many torturous punishments on the handmaids. She and people like her are essential to making subjugation work because she buys in, and has no problem hurting anyone who doesn’t.

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  • 2. Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes)
    The worst thing about the Commander is that he plays nice. He invites June to his room for games of Scrabble and, in private, treats her like a real person. But even his acts of kindness are actually clear methods of enforcing his power over people. It’s almost worse that he sometimes treats her well, because every act of kindness comes with the tacit feeling of being in his debt, as well as under his whim.

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  • 1. Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski)
    Talk about your all-time backfires. Serena Joy got everything she ever thought she wanted. Her book touted the great world she would help create, and yet she seemingly didn’t realize that advocating to make women second-class citizens would include her too. That means she’s marginalized by the people she helped elevate, and she’s angry enough about it to use her own power to ruin the lives of the people below her. Even as the show tries to humanize her in Season 2, Serena has chalked up too many instances of being truly horrific.

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A lot of people support brutal patriarchy, even if they’re crushed by it too

The dystopian, women-subjugating society of “The Handmaid’s Tale” is full of people who willingly sign on with its evil. Whether they’re the leaders who created the place or just collaborators willing to go along, the show is full of people willing to watch others suffer every day — and even inflict that suffering. Here are 20 such folks, ranked by how hardcore they are in rolling with Gilead’s evil agenda. (Warning: Spoilers within!)

WARNING: This article contains spoilers for The Handmaid’s Tale season 2

The Handmaid’s Tale season two finished last week and fans are still reeling from that dramatic ending.

Many were left frustrated and annoyed when June (played by Elisabeth Moss) decided to stay in Gilead despite getting offered a viable escape.

Coordinated by the Marthas and Commander Lawrence (Bradley Whitford), June and baby Holly/Nichole were guided through a series of meet up points before arriving at a location where a van was to collect them and drive them over the border to Canada.

In what seemed like wonderful luck, Emily (Alexis Bledel) was driven there by Commander Lawrence and it looked like they were all going to escape together.

But at the last moment, June handed the baby to Emily and closed the door on the van and stayed behind.

This has understandably left fans angry, saddened and frustrated.

After coming so close and after so many attempted escapes, June finally had her chance but why didn’t she take it?

WILL THE MARTHAS TAKE DOWN GILEAD?

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 3 Finale: Why It Ended The Way It Did

Elisabeth Moss as June Osborne in Hulu’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’.

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This article contains spoilers.

The third season of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale centered around Elisabeth Moss’ June Osborne and her resistance to the extremely cruel dystopian regime of Gilead. Fans finally got to see her fight back and win, though the win may not have come in the form fans wanted.

The 13th and final episode of season three, entitled “Mayday,” ended in such a way as to set up what will surely be an incredibly intense, nail-biting fourth season. No, June doesn’t escape. She is shot by one of Gilead’s guards but not before she and a few Marthas and Handmaids stayed behind to distract him by throwing rocks at him as dozens of children (more than the 52 originally expected), Marthas and Handmaids made it to the waiting plane.

Yes, we wanted to see June finally escape Gilead but her goal was to hurt her prison more than to escape its horrors, explains show creator Bruce Miller. His love of the 1985 dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood was the catalyst for the show we can’t stop bingeing and analyzing. The story he brought from the page to the small screen has now gone well past the book and he has reasons for every decision made.

“By helping all the children and Marthas and Handmaids escape, she was trying to hurt Gilead. She’s punching back and she’s stubborn as f**k,” says Miller. “But she couldn’t step foot on that plane without her daughter, Hannah. This wasn’t about her saving herself, she’s in I am going to hurt Gilead mode.”

This season was about what it means to be a rebel and a hero in the real world. “June was going to be that one special person to save the world,” says Miller of how the season ended. “What I was trying to do with June was show that being a hero in the real world is messy and she was going to experience mostly failures, and in the end, when she does have a huge success, it comes at a cost we cannot even begin to fathom. She was going to be knocked on her ass many times but she keeps getting up. And then, she gets knocked down again.”

It was, in many ways, the perfect ending to an overall incredibly brave and suspenseful season. Leaving June, as well as a handful of her helping Handmaids in Gilead, is actually perfect. They’re now in a position to take Gilead down from the inside out. And, with Commander Lawrence still there, can you imagine the underground army they can now form? It could easily be assumed by Gilead’s regime that June and the remaining Handmaids did, in fact, escape. They could have a new kind of power in being invisible.

With guidance from Commander Lawrence, who can help them pull the right puppet strings, a new and stronger network of Marthas and Handmaids can do some serious damage from this potentially hidden place. With a bird’s eye view, total destruction of a wounded Giladean government is possible in a way only achievable from the inside. As Miller points out, “June shot and killed the only guard that could say otherwise.”

Bottom line, June couldn’t leave just yet. The story Miller and the writers aimed to tell this season is that you cannot snap your fingers and change the world. “It’s a slow and steady process but June is trying to change things,” Miller explained.

A story this deeply tangled takes time to unravel. Miller said in past interviews that season one was about surviving versus living and season two was about motherhood. This season was about Gilead facing terrorists, resistance and revolution. What will next season bring?

Will June finally take Gilead down in season four? Will fans finally get to see June escape with her eldest daughter? “June is now a changed person. She’s had a great success at a great cost,” says Miller. “She is now at a crossroads. Will she try for another success or save herself and Hannah?”

We will have to wait to see if June gets her happy ending. The writers did give fans the pleasure of seeing Commander Waterford and Serena face justice, as well as a few heart-wrenching reunions as some escaped to Canada. For those left behind, they lived the defiant prayer, “Blessed be the fight,” and fight they did.

In the meantime, Miller answered a few questions fans have been asking on social media.

Where in the heck is Nick? “He’s fighting the rebels in Chicago, but not to worry, we’ll see him next season. His character is still very important. We’re as interested as the audience is and we’ll explore their relationship more.” Miller adds how season three brought June many revelations about people in Gilead. Of course, Nick’s past as one of the architects of Gilead, was of particular significance. “He’s this person she believes is good, that she loves, and yet he’s capable of doing such horrible things. So, she wonders, if he can do horrible things and not go to hell, maybe I can, as well.” This explains why she committed many of the acts she did this season, including murder.

Does Miller feel Nick really loves June? “The relationship between them was very real. This is what makes it such a problem for Nick. This was always the reason he was so worried about her finding out his past involvement in Gilead.”

Why doesn’t anyone in Gilead have a Boston accent when it’s located within what was formerly known as Boston? “I tried to make the people sound like those I know from Boston and not all have the accent. Also, many in our cast come from other countries, such as England and Australia, so the general American accent, we felt, suited the show well.”

Why do none of the Handmaids wear glasses? “Why would they? They don’t have to read, there’s nothing for them to see. They don’t drive. They also do not wear braces.” It’s symbolic, Miller explains, of their nothingness. “When Emily gets glasses after she escaped to Canada, it was symbolic of her seeing life in blurry vision for years and now she can see in color.”

Does Commander Lawrence know June allowed his wife to die? “I think he wonders if there’s more to June than he initially thought. I can see him wondering if she did this, wondering if she tricked him in some way. This was the set up for him deciding not to go on the plane. He stays to clean up the mess. He’s a survivor and thinks he has a better chance of surviving where he can manipulate people better, especially now that Gilead is two Commanders short.”

Starring alongside Moss are Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer, O-T Fagbenle, Amanda Brugel and Bradley Whitford.

“ Men don’t change. ” — Naomi (to Serena Joy) about their husbands’ relation to Handmaids

Naomi Putnam is a supporting character in the first and second seasons of the TV Series, as well as a minor and unnamed character in the novel. She is the Wife of Commander Warren, to whom Janine, or Ofwarren, as she is known, is assigned to.

In the TV Series Edit

Season one Edit

“Birth Day” Edit

Janine gives birth to a child, named “Angela” by the Naomi, but “Charlotte” by Janine. While Janine is giving birth in the master bedroom with her fellow Handmaids and several Aunts, Naomi acts out the process of giving birth in the living room in the company of other Wives, such as Serena Joy, Leah, and Caroline.

“Late” Edit

Naomi is visited by Serena Joy and several other wives. During the visit, she comments that Janine had bitten her when she tried to take Angela after her breastfeeding, and suggested that she couldn’t wait until Janine was no longer in her house. This indicates that Naomi has little to no appreciation or sympathy for the Handmaids and the responsibilities that have been thrust upon them.

“A Woman’s Place” Edit

The Putnams are among those who meet with the Mexican ambassador at the home of Commander Waterford, during which Naomi remarks that Gilead is “absolutely wonderful.”

Both Naomi and Warren later attend the banquet held in honor of the ambassador.

“The Bridge” Edit

Janine’s daughter (Angela) is presented to Commander Putnam and Naomi. Janine, now known as Ofdaniel, is taken to her new home.

Later at night, Janine is standing on the edge of a bridge with Angela. Various Gileadan guards, the Putnams, Waterfords, Offred, and Aunt Lydia are also present. Janine loudly accuses Commander Putnam of lying to her and accuses him of having promised to leave his wife for her. Despite Naomi’s pleas that the baby, as well as herself and Warren, need her at home, Janine refuses to come down from the edge. Offred is able to convince Janine to give her the child but Janine jumps, attempting suicide. She is pulled out by the guards.

Commander Putnam is later seen being led into a black van by guards due to the accusations made by Janine. Serena Joy tries to offer comfort to Naomi and offers help with the baby, which she curtly refuses. Naomi then reminds Serena of the first Offred, saying that “men don’t change”.

“Night” Edit

Although Naomi is not seen in this episode, Commander Pryce reveals at Warren’s trial that Naomi has asked him that her husband receive the harshest punishment possible, as she “fears for his immortal soul and knows that he must make an offering to God to find redemption”. Ultimately, Warren’s left hand is amputated.

Season two Edit

Serena takes Offred out for a walk where they run into Grace and Naomi with baby Angela, who is already teething and thus a bit twitchy. Naomi thinks that teething is a way for God to “test” her.

Serena tells Offred that baby Angela isn’t well. She leaves to offer Naomi support. In the hospital, Serena asks Naomi if Janine, who is brought by Aunt Lydia, could see the baby. Her husband is okay with it but Naomi isn’t. Offred takes Janine to see the baby in the ICU. Dr. Hodgson arrives in her Martha dress, changes clothes and is briefed by Dr. Epstein. She runs some tests on the baby. The doctors give Angela’s parents bad news. Serena goes after the doctor but the doctor says is that all they can do is pray for the baby’s recovery. Janine is able to hold the baby in order to say goodbye. Aunt Lydia wakes up in the ICU and finds Janine in her underclothes holding a very much alive baby.

Appearances Edit

  • The Handmaid’s Tale (Novel)

Season One Edit

  • “Birth Day”
  • “Late”
  • “A Woman’s Place”
  • “The Bridge”

Season Two Edit

  • “Other Women”
  • “Seeds”
  • “Women’s Work”
  • “The Last Ceremony”

References Edit

  1. Episode 1.9, “The Bridge”
  2. Episode 2.5, “Seeds”
  3. Episode 2.8, “Women’s Work”

Danger! Spoilers for season 3 up ahead!

The Handmaid’s Tale has become integral to our weekend routine these days. With the third season fully underway, we are certainly making our own theories about what in the world is going on in Gilead, Canada, and beyond.

If you’re all caught up, you’ll know that we’re back in Gilead because June (Elisabeth Moss) decided to stay there and resist from behind enemy lines, all in the hopes of retrieving her beloved eldest daughter Hannah. Her excruciating decision to stay in Gilead has given us insight to what’s going on with the other characters, and we definitely sense that a major revolt is brewing.

While we wait for the plot to unfold, Reddit and Twitter users have some guesses that might hold up as season 3 continues.

Serena is going to run off with Mark Tuello.

When she went to see “her” baby Nichole, she’s reunited with Mark Tuello (Parenthood’s Sam Jaeger), who she met in season 2. Then, he identified himself as a representative for the U.S. Government-In-Exile. Now, more than ever, people think Serena is plotting against Fred, and will end up leaving him for Tuello.

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If you remember their first encounter, he offered to provide her a Gilead-free life in Hawaii but she said, “So far, all you’ve offered me is treason and coconuts.” There’s clearly some sort of tension between the two, and many find it romantic. He offers her the same thing in season 3, episode 5 and she turns him down again. However, Reddit users can’t and won’t let it go.

“I would not need Tuello to offer me anything twice,” shared NannyDearest. “Hot damn, Serena you so dumb.”

Most recently, fans emotions can be summed up by this Reddit comment: “TREASON AND COCONUTS! TREASON AND COCONUTS! It’s happening! OMG, It’s f–king happening! EVERYBODY STAY CALM!”

Now that we’ve seen episode 11 (a.k.a. when Tuello ARRESTED Fred!), this theory could play out. Many social media commenters have said, “Treason and coconuts!” after watching. However, we don’t know if Serena’s in on this plan, or also being persecuted for her actions.

Or, Serena is going to have a baby of her own.

Another Reddit user has a prediction that Serena will experience at least some of a Handmaid’s pain when she gets pregnant with another man’s baby.

“It’s been said that Fred is the reason they couldn’t have kids,” wrote Afterbirthofjesus.
“Also said that the book indicated Fred dies in the early days of Gilead. I’m holding out hope that Serena has a kid with someone she loves and the kid is taken away. She goes to the colonies.”

Dr. Yates is going to help June.

We only just met him, but Reddit fans are feeling cautiously optimistic about the doctor tending to Natalie (or OfMatthew). One commenter even suspects that he’s going to help June bring Natalie’s baby into Canada.

Nick is the one who took Hannah from June.

One Reddit user has a theory that the masked man who separated June from her beloved Hannah was Nick. Gasp! This would make their growing, complicated family structure even more twisted.

Oh, and Nick is Fred’s son … ?!

A truly wild one, but we need to see more of Nick! His noticeable absence on the season has taken a toll on fans, and one even suggested this theory on Instagram:

“I think Nick is Fred’s son from another relationship hence why he has gained so much respect and the fact that none of them have reported each other for the scandals they’ve committed proves my theory,” wrote @shelle_dossantos. “The scene with the angel wings Fred called Nick son … I think it was some kind of hint.”

This would be the one of the juiciest bombs of the series, so we’ll keep an eye on this one.

Aunt Lydia is a “gender traitor.”

In the eighth episode of season 8, we saw Aunt Lydia as Miss Clements, a divorced teacher who didn’t have much luck with men. After watching the makeup scene with Noelle, however, many Reddit users suspect that the strict, cruel Aunt is actually suppressing her sexuality.

Nick is going undercover for the Swiss.

We simply refuse to believe Nick isn’t helping June out. The only proper Gilead love story we’ve witnessed just can’t go down in flames like this.

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We’re choosing to go with triplebreakpoint, who thinks, “Nick did help them and said he’d be their Eye/Spy so he’s going deep undercover. But they can’t let on. June is sad (per usual) but maybe Nick is the hero in the end.”

Hannah will escape Gilead, but June won’t.

All we want is for Hannah to get home safely. Heck, that’s the only reason June is still in this hellscape. In a Reddit thread for season 3’s episode six gaybotox theorized, “My guess is that Hannah will get out of Gilead in the final episode and June somehow will manage to stay back again.” Say it isn’t so!

Either Lydia or Serena will have a change of heart.

The most vile women we’ve gotten to know in Gilead might prove us wrong. That’s the hope M_Ad expressed here:

“Prediction: out of Lydia and Serena we have two prominent female characters who uphold the Gilead regime. By the series finale I predict one will redeem themselves in some way and possibly even sacrifice themselves literally, and the other will go down hard and be punished in some way, possibly in a post conflict war human rights tribunal.”
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In episode 6, we did see Lydia show she had a least some sort of heart when she empathized with OfGeorge, who had rings keeping her mouth shut. And Serena did hand Nichole off to June … but you never really know with these two.

Season 4 will take place in D.C.

Forget everything you knew about Gilead before. Washington, D.C. is more haunting than anywhere we’ve been so far.

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That’s probably what prompted Reddit user Shejidan to say, “Calling it now: next season takes place in DC after Fred gets a promotion and they find some other convoluted way to keep June in the Waterford’s lives.”

Season 3 will end in a war.

“I think this season will end with war between Canada and Gilead,” suggested _MaryQuiteContrary. “And that Canada will have military advantage over Gilead. I think we’ll see more Nick in this military capacity in the next season – and that this is how June/Hannah are able to make their eventual escape (if they escape at all).”

We were totally on board until that parenthetical phrase at the end. We’re rooting for you, June and Hannah!

Mrs. Lawrence is a rebel.

People on Reddit cannot stop talking and thinking about Commander (Bradley Whitford) and Mrs. Lawrence (Julie Dretzin). In episode 5, Mrs. Lawrence tells June, “I miss the man who made me those tapes,” referencing a series of mix tapes.

By now, we can confirm this is true. It’s pretty well known by now that Mrs. Lawrence is against Gilead. She’s helped June access documents, and even threatened to kill her husband for his role in this new world.

Commander Lawrence is too.

Along with his wife, _MaryQuiteContrary commented on the same thread that she thinks Commander Lawrence remains “loyal” as a form of resistance. “I think as we learn more we’ll realize that he’s an integral part of the resistance – a wolf in sheep’s clothing so to speak,” shared the Reddit user.

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“As long as he’s able to keep his wife convinced of his loyalty to Gilead, he knows they’re safe, because she probably knows him better than anyone.”

Again, this appears to be the truth. He shifts every now and again, but after episode 11, it seems like he and June are on the same page.

Nick isn’t actually Nichole’s father.

The fight for Nichole is underway, and every Handmaid’s Tale fan is 99.9999% sure Nick is the father of June’s baby. But we haven’t actually seen a paternity test, which is what several Reddit theorists think will happen in a future episode.

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Commenter bethesong put a thought in our heads that doesn’t sit well: “My fear is that the baby is miraculously Fred’s baby as a plot twist, and Nick will be taken to the wall for sleeping with a handmaid.”

Naomi Putnam is a member of the Resistance.

“It’s been my crazy theory for a long time that Naomi is secretly part of the resistance,” commented Reddit user Newtoliving101. “Probably isn’t true, but it would be so awesome if she was. The way she manipulated the council to get her husband’s arm cut off was savage.”

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Mrs. Putnam decided her husband’s punishment (a.k.a. the hand removal), so she’s not exactly devoted to the guy. Surprisingly, several other Reddit users shared that this theory could be accurate, as Mrs. Putnam has shown some disapproval of Gilead.

Let’s look back on the fourth episode again: When one Commander told Commander Putnam, “Smart girls are trouble” and he says, “Tell me about it,” you need to see the look Mrs. Putnam gives her husband (That note was made by eagle-eye fan Lixsymone97.)

With pride in herself and her smart daughter Angela, we’re excited to see a potential character arc for Mrs. Putnam.

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The Handmaid’s Tale finale recap: ‘Night’

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What’s on the other side of those black van’s doors?

It’s a question we’ll all be wondering now that the season is over — one fans of The Handmaid’s Tale have actually been wondering for decades, ever since the book left Offred’s story in similarly ambiguous fashion when it was first published in 1985. It makes for a fitting endpoint for this 10-episode run and could have easily worked as a series finale had the show ended here. But, as we all know, there’s more coming — and certainly so much more to explore in this world.

We begin with the day June is brought to the Red Center, where Aunt Lydia begins the women’s reeducation immediately — where to stand, how to stand (hands clasped, eyes down). Any deviation will be punished, which is why June gets her first encounter with a cattle prod for staring at passing handmaids in the hall — her eyes meeting theirs in what she later understands was mutual, prolonged terror, “utter and unutterable.”

But they don’t look at each other that way anymore. Not when she’s carrying that package from Moira with her daily shopping, exchanging meaningful looks with her fellow red-clad handmaids. “It’s their own fault,” she says now. “They should have never given us uniforms if they didn’t want us to be an army.”

She hides the package in her bathroom, but that hidden contraband quickly becomes the least of her problems when she ends up on the receiving end of a slap/wall-faceplant combo courtesy of Serena Joy, who finally caught onto what’s been happening between her and the Commander. (The giveaway? Makeup on the collar of her cloak. Whoops.) Serena Joy has had so much of her agency taken away from her — as we’ve discussed, by a revolution she helped put in place — and this latest betrayal brings out a mix of hurt and fury. “You could have at least left me with something,” she seethes, dragging a dazed, bleeding Offred into the bathroom and forcing her to take a pregnancy test. And in this time, finally, her prayers are answered: Offred is pregnant. For Serena, it’s joyous news. For Offred, it’s much more complicated. “You think I prayed for this?” she asks Serena Joy. “You think I prayed to bring a baby into this house?”

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Serena Joy also confronts the Commander, albeit with less bodily harm. She’s waiting in his office, Scrabble tiles out, offering to play. He reminds her about that pesky rule about women and reading. (She remembers – she helped write it.) Her warning to him is clear: stop the late-night rendezvous with Offred, so she doesn’t do what their last handmaid did. The Commander twists that request by placing the blame on her — if he’s sinned, it’s because she led him to lust and temptation. When he dismisses her, Serena reveals Offred is pregnant and casually adds that the baby isn’t his. “You can’t father a child because you’re not worthy,” she says.

When Offred breaks the news to Nick, she’s still conflicted. “It’s terrible,” she tells him, as he crouches down to her belly. “No it isn’t,” he replies. And there, she lets out a hit of a smile, allows herself a small amount of happiness at the prospect of this baby. Unbeknownst to them, Serena Joy witnesses this tender moment in the kitchen and then promptly moves to make Offred even more miserable (and, more importantly, compliant) — they go for a drive, chauffeured in a different car and not by Nick. What follows could be the most gut-wrenching scene this season (and this is The Handmaid’s Tale, so that’s saying something).

As Offred waits in the car, Serena Joy goes up the steps of a home and brings out Hannah, sitting with her briefly on the stoop. The elation Offred feels seeing her daughter alive quickly turns to agony when she realizes the car doors won’t open — no matter how she begs or cries or screams, she can’t get out and see her, and Hannah has no idea she’s there. It’s a torturous threat, one Serena Joy makes even clearer when she returns to the car: “As long as my baby is safe” — note that emphasis that it’s her baby, not Offred’s — “so is yours.” The string of expletives Offred unleashes from the other side of the partition is impressive and feels more than warranted, but Serena Joy is unmoved. A plea to the Commander to protect her daughter also goes ignored — he’s more interested in the current blessed miracle, and whether or not it’s his. “Of course,” she says, but he knows she’s lying.

And then there’s the package, opened by Offred later that night. What was it that needed smuggling out of Jezebels? Letters. Hundreds of them, from women looking for children and family members and begging the world to hear the horrors happening to them in Gilead — begging the world not to forget them. She reads them all in horror, and falls asleep surrounded by them.
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Commander Putnam goes before a council to confess to his sins of lust and covetousness for his indiscretions with Janine. Waterford seems happy to let him off lightly (perhaps thinking of his own dalliances?), but even Mrs. Putnam is on board to give him the harshest punishment possible. That path to redemption? Losing a hand and part of his arm, amputated below the elbow in an operating room. Maybe that’s what makes Waterford go home and apologize to his own wife. He promises that as soon as the baby arrives, Offred will be gone, and they’ll be a family.

Offred is awakened by the sound of bells signaling a Salvaging, mirroring the one we saw in the premiere. The handmaids assemble in the park again, but this time, stones are brought in. When they each take one and form a circle, they find out who their intended victim is: Janine, who survived her plunge into the river and was convicted of endangering a child, for which the punishment is death by stoning. In the first episode, the group attacked the accused man on command. This time, though, they’re faced with brutally murdering someone they know and care for, and they can’t just comply. When Ofglen first tries to object, she’s beaten by a guard and taken away. When Aunt Lydia blows the whistle, Offred steps forward and lets her stone fall to the ground, and the others follow suit. They’re all sent home, but you know that’s not the end of this. They’ve won this battle, for now, but not the war.

Meanwhile, Moira’s bid to head north succeeds — she’s made it to Ontario, Canada, officially outside the confines of Gilead. It’s enough to make her collapse from shock and joy, but her journey isn’t over yet. She ends up at a refugee center, stunned and overwhelmed as a caseworker runs through a barrage of information and hands her things that were unthinkable in the land she left behind: a cell phone. Money. Health insurance cards. Welcome to Canada, indeed. That welcome becomes warmer when Luke arrives, having put Moira on his list of people (“family”) to be notified about should they escape Gilead. It’s a tearful reunion, and it’s all the more bittersweet because June is still trapped.

Offred knows she and the other handmaids will be punished for defying orders and refusing to kill Janine. And so, she waits. “This might be the last time I have to wait. But I don’t know what I’m waiting for,” she tells herself, a line pulled directly from Margaret Atwood’s text. But she’s not scared — instead, she feels “serene.”

“There’s a kind of hope, it seems, even in futility,” she muses. She tried to make the world a better place, even just a little bit, for Hannah. Then the inevitable happens: She sees a black van out the window, and Nick comes into her room and whispers, “Just go with it. Trust me.” Two guards enter and lead her out of the house, past a heartbroken Rita (a whisper from Offred points her in the direction of all the letters, and I wonder what she’ll do with them), an indignant Serena Joy (“After everything we’ve done for you!”), and the Commander, who can’t stop what’s happening.

Her head held high, she enters the back of the van and embarks toward an uncertain future. Atwood’s text is again used word for word: “Whether this is my end or a new beginning I have no way of knowing: I have given myself over into the hands of strangers, because it can’t be helped,” she tells us. “And so I step up, into the darkness within; or else the light.”

That, of course, is where Offred’s part of The Handmaid’s Tale novel ends — there’s an epilogue, but that also doesn’t provide definitive answers about what happens to Offred after the van. Is this a journey toward imprisonment and death? An escape plan devised by the resistance? We don’t know, and neither does she, but Offred is ready to accept whatever comes. And we’ll find out more when the show returns for its second season.

And so, I’ll end this recap — and this riveting season — the same way that Professor Pieixoto does in that epilogue, with an invitation for discourse: “Are there any questions?”

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She stated, “Happy first day of SPOOP!” Take a look at her Harley Quinn.

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♦️🖤🃏Infamous 🃏🖤♦️ (📸:@happytriggerla) AMAZING dress by @dafna_cosplay 💙💞 Makeup by @redtilldeaddesign 💛🖤 #harleyquinncosplay #suicidesquad #dccosplay

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The one, the only, the infamous Harley Quinn! 🃏💙♦️ This costume is definitely a dream look for me and the dress by @dafna_cosplay is PERFECT!! 😭❤️ Photo by @saffelsphotography 🖤 Makeup by @redtilldeaddesign 💙 Tattoos from @infamousbylaura 💞 #harleyquinncosplay #harleyquinnsuicidesquad #dccosplay

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She also did Harley’s main Suicide Squad outfit as well.

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💗💙💗Happy Friday!!!💗💙💗 Treat yourself today and grab yourself some @gummifunmix!! 🍭🍭🍭 My faves are the Fruit Rings and Sour Party! I have such an insane sweet tooth, what’s your favorite flavor gummy?! 🍬🍬🍬 #GummiFunMix #harleyquinncosplay #sweettooth #sponsored #candycosplay #gummycandy

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I’m known to be quite vexing, I’m just forewarning you…🃏💙♦️ THIS SHOOT WAS SO MUCH FUN!! 🌧 Thanks for making’ magic @gilphotography! 💞 #harleyquinn #sucidesquad #puddin

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They became the king and queen of Gotham City. And God help anyone who disrespected the queen. 🃏💚♦️ More Harley goodness coming soooonnn!! ☠️🖤♦️ My Joker is @dadelza!💜💚💜 #harleyquinncosplay #jokercosplay #suicidesquadcosplay

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Harley Quinn was originally created for Batman: The Animated Series by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm in 1992. The character was voiced by actress Arleen Sorkin and first appeared in the episode Joke’s Favor.

Related: Is Harley Quinn the New Face of the DC Extended Universe?

Harley would make her jump into comic books in The Batman Adventures #12 from writer Kelley Puckett and artists Mike Parobeck, Rick Burchett and Rick Taylor. Her origins would later be recounted in 1994’s The Batman Adventures: Mad Love by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. Harley was actually a Arkham Asylum Psychiatrist named Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel. While attempting to treat the Joker she falls in love with him and helps him escape. She eventually becomes hisJoker’s accomplice and always tries to return to his despite him repeatedly insulting, deriding, and even attempting to kill her.

The character has already become a DC Comics icon. The character made her first appearance in live-action in The WB’s Birds of Prey TV series played by actress Mia Sara. She would make her big screen debut in Suicide Squad played by Margot Robbie. Robbie will be reprising her role as Harley Quinn in the upcoming Birds of Prey film as well as James Gunn’s Suicide Squad film.

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Quinn has appeared in a numerous animated series and films since she debuted in Batman: The Animated Series. The character has been voiced by Tara Strong, Hynden Walch, Grey DeLisle, Meghan Strange, Laura Bailey, Jenny Slate, Melissa Rauch, Laura Post, Sirena Irwin, Kang Ji-young, Rie Kugimiya, Jen Brown, and Janyse Jaud.

She will be the star of an upcoming animated series that is expected to debut on DC Universe. Kaley Cuoco will provide the voice for Harley.

What do you make of Jessica the Maid of Might’s Harley Quinn cosplay? Which one is your favorite?

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People are turning to Reddit to work out if they have an STI

“Is this herpes?”

“How did I get chlamydia?”

“What is wrong with my penis?”

Key points

  • More than half of posts on a Reddit thread about STIs are from people requesting a diagnosis
  • Study found a third of people included an image of symptoms, and a fifth were wanting a second opinion
  • Researchers suggest doctors could partner with social media platforms to improve accuracy of information

They sound like the type of questions typically reserved for an awkward conversation with your GP.

But they’re actually a tiny sample of questions people have asked strangers online in the past 48 hours, seeking sexual health advice or a second opinion.

New research has found thousands of people are turning to online message board Reddit to obtain a “crowd diagnosis” for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), often posting photos of their symptoms.

Using the internet for health advice is almost as old as the internet itself. But requesting peer feedback is a new way people are accessing health information, especially for stigmatised conditions, said lead researcher Alicia Nobles.

“It’s different from ‘Dr Google’ because on Google, you’re searching from information and ciphering through it yourself and trying to figure out what’s relevant,” said Dr Nobles, a data scientist at the University of California San Diego.

“Whereas on Reddit, you’re reaching out to people like you, asking them what their experience is.”

Reddit, one of the most popular websites in the world, is organised into threads focused on specific topics. (Unsplash: Thomas Lefebvre)

Reddit, one of the most popular websites in the world, is organised into threads focused on specific topics.

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The researchers analysed one of Reddit’s most popular “subreddits” (topic threads) on sexually transmitted diseases — r/STD — which describes itself as a place to share “stories, concerns and questions” on “anything and everything STD related”.

The subreddit, which has been active almost 10 years, has more than 10,000 members and more than 17,000 posts.

Drawing a random sample, the researchers found 58 per cent of posts on r/STD were “explicitly requesting a crowd-diagnosis”, and among those, 31 per cent included a picture of symptoms.

The majority of posts received a reply within hours (sometimes minutes), and many were requests for a “second opinion” after receiving a previous diagnosis from a healthcare professional.

Even so, Dr Nobles said “leaders take it for granted that the public is relying on Dr Google for all of their health concerns”.

Using the internet: the good and the bad

It goes without saying that relying solely on the advice of a stranger online for medical information is unwise.

A misdiagnosis could result in the continued spread of a disease, and may also have a ripple effect on the people who view the post and perceive they have a similar condition which they then wrongly self-diagnose.

On the flip side, online discussions about sexual health can help to normalise questions or concerns that often carry stigma or shame, and may encourage people to speak to their doctor.

Andrea Waling from the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society said online forums gave people the opportunity to engage with people who “understand what going through” and “can give a bit of peer support”.

“There’s a lot research that suggests peer-informed information is really useful and valuable,” said Dr Waling, who was not involved in the study.

Why people are going online

It’s not just the accessibility of the internet that drives people to ask intimate questions to strangers online. There are still many barriers to seeking out face-to-face sexual healthcare, Dr Waling said.

“If you’re a young or an older LGBTI person, you’re not likely to want to go to a mainstream provider for fear of homophobia, transphobia or biphobia,” she said.

“If you’re from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, there’s a concern about racism or discrimination, or cultural barriers — maybe you don’t feel you can go to a sexual health service.”

Not knowing where to find help, as well as the shame and stigma associated with STIs are common reasons why people tend to go online, she said.

A national survey of Australian secondary students in 2018 found the internet was among the most common sources of sexual health information for young people.

“What’s interesting is that … even though young people were increasingly using the internet for sexual health information, they didn’t trust it all that much,” Dr Waling said.

Bringing healthcare to social media

The study authors suggested healthcare professionals could partner up with social media outlets to improve the quality of health information online.

“It is our responsibility to ensure that the thousands or millions seeking out crowd-diagnoses get help,” said study co-author John Ayres.

“By partnering with social media companies, we can combat the spread of misinformation or mis-diagnoses and ensure life-saving help is found.”

Studying crowd-diagnoses and online health forums was also an important tool for healthcare planning, Dr Nobles said.

“From a research standpoint, we need to understand better how the public interprets this information and how much value they place on it,” she said.

“You never would think that people would be going online and sharing very private information, including images of their private parts.

“And so, we wonder: what other health issues does this extend to?”