‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2 Is Brutal And Not Much Else

It was easily the show’s most stunning moment yet. The door was open, the road was empty, the decision clear: all June had to do was step inside the van, strap herself in and let the driver whisk her away to freedom.

Rather than clamber inside the van, though, she instead handed her baby to Emily (“call her Nicole”) and watched her only means of escape drive off into the metaphorical sunset. Decision made, June then wrapped herself up inside her red hood, turned on her heel and began walking back the way she came.

So why did she do it? Well, the answer was offered up to us in the form of a flashback: Hannah is still in Gilead, being trained up as a Handmaid. And, for June, the idea of leaving while one of her daughters is still trapped inside a dangerously misogynist society isn’t just unthinkable: it’s truly abhorrent.

As Miller explains: “June is diving back into Gilead because she thinks there’s things she can do. And I think initially, the thing she thinks she can do is just get her f**king daughter out.”

He adds: “If she could snap her fingers and get Hannah and leave, she would do it immediately. If that becomes more difficult - which, it seems to be somewhere between difficult and impossible in the real world - then I think hurting Gilead or weakening Gilead is the best way she can plow the ground for her daughter.

“That’s the thing she can do from the inside that she wouldn’t be able to do from Canada.”

Essentially, June will get Hannah back or die trying, Miller said, adding, “You and I are both worried she’s gonna die; she’s not.”

Will Margaret Atwood’s new book influence the show?

In late November, Atwood announced that she was working on> The Testaments, a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale.

“Dear Readers,” said Atwood, “everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.”

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