June takes on a major sacrifice to make a breakthrough in her goal to liberate Gilead’s children. A plan which will test how competent Gilead’s security and leadership are.
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A Jealous Man & His Petty Ways: Fred, Commander Winslow, June, Aunt Lydia, Serena Joy, Commander Lawrence
Despite all June has done, Fred still has a thing for her. Something Serena notices but that is but many of her issues with Fred. The major one For Serena is that clearly Nichole has become a secondary objective for Fred. Meanwhile, she remains of the utmost priority for her. So Fred using his influence with Commander Winslow to coerce Commander Lawrence to commit to the ceremony as opposed to getting Nichole is noted. Yet, the power move is what Fred wants to set an example.
Well, and to punish June of course. Her not wanting to be transferred to DC is seen as a slight and considering how she has yet to have a child or get pregnant, don’t think Aunt Lydia hasn’t noticed. It’s just, with increased scrutiny, which has made her seem even more empowered than ever before, including speaking to Commander Winslow directly, what is one Handmaid who can’t get pregnant? Especially with it being the troublemaker who has birthed, at least, one child and hasn’t been complained about by her Commander – yet.
Playing The Long Game: Eleanor, Commander Lawrence, June, Fred, Serena Joy
With being coerced to have the ceremony, Eleanor is flipping out. Joseph’s promises of them being excepted from Gilead’s more harsher policies no longer applies, she doesn’t have her mood stabilizers, and they could be killed. Which, at first, Eleanor is fine with. She sees her husband as a war criminal and combine that with her guilt, dying doesn’t seem that bad. Yet, with June informing them she’d die, and the Marthas, for not reporting them, she has yet another breakdown.
However, June sees this as an opportunity. Commander Lawrence has long just put up with June since she molds well with the household and Eleanor likes her. So keeping them alive, Eleanor’s mental illness hidden and getting the others out of their business, that gives June leverage. Leading to her proposing to do the ceremony and using Commander Lawrence’s fear against him.
You see, while being nosy, June was led to all of the documents of where the Handmaids’ children are, their new names, and current status. This is something Eleanor leads June to, and she seems more than glad to help for June’s rebellious nature excites her. Thus, after the ceremony, June convinces Commander Lawrence to take note Fred, and the rest, will be back and use that likely return to make him want to escape.
Problem is, considering how integral he was in making Gilead, it would mean his wife may go free, but he’d be locked up or executed. June counters that by saying if he gave them something they’d be less likely to prosecute him. What is that thing? Children.
We should note, however, Serena Joy too is trying to use her influence to and betray Gilead. But for her, she wants Fred to contact the man who hounds Serena whenever she enters Canada so they can get Nichole. Now, as for what Fred is to trade for the child, maybe even refuge, that isn’t revealed.
Lost The Battle, Prepping For The War: June, Janine, Alma, Beth
Getting back to June’s plan, with Commander Lawrence secured, so comes the need of other Handmaids and Marthas. Now, being that June’s reputation has soured, once again, many Handmaids don’t treat her as this beacon of hope or leadership. She is a pariah again. But, with having information on their children, she is able to recruit Alma and even Janine. Someone she has to lie to about her son, and Janine probably knows she is being fed a lie. However, when has Janine not wanted to live in a more happy state of being? So who cares if she is being told a lie if she can maybe help these kids and even get freedom?
So with them secured, June turns to Beth who, to much surprise, finds many Marthas are more than willing to help traffic children out. Leading to the question: Who goes, who stays, and when will this all go down?
Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments
- Hannah was born in 2009 and Nichole in 2017.
- Janine’s son is dead – traffic accident.
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- If the Aunts have rankings, how high up is Aunt Lydia? Considering she got to speak and conduct things when Commander Winslow arrived, is she the top? Never mind the fact she was able to speak as if she could make decisions independent of Commanders. The primary example being her altering the dress code for those like Janine, due to situations which have happened beyond their control.
- Does Commander Lawrence still allow June to choose who becomes a Martha, or other titles, when it comes to those captured by Gilead?
This Could Be An Epic Liberation
For a moment, let’s set aside how incompetent Gilead has to be for even 8 children being taken and ending up in Canada. Nevermind, based on the many muffin baskets we see, the idea of dozens of children being liberated. Instead, let’s focus on how epic that could come off considering how large of a network Handmaids and Marthas have, never mind Commander Lawrence’s influence.
Now, it isn’t clear if Commander Lawrence may expand past a vehicle which could have 10 or so people in it. But let’s say he gets a caravan, even a ship, while the possibility of their mothers joining them is slim, can you imagine the joy and perhaps also the shock of entering Canada? A place where there is some form of equality? Also, the conflict which comes from them being raised in a conservative religious place compared to the more liberal Canada also could be something to see. Not to forget, the reactions since, up until now, we haven’t gotten to hear any of the children’s point of view beyond Sydney Sweeney’s character’s last season. So to hear how other girls, and boys, see Gilead could be of great interest.
On The Fence
If June Succeeds or Commander Waterford Betrays Gilead, The Show Has To End The Next Season
With that said, if June succeeds, even to get some kids out, the show will need to end. There are only so many instances of incompetence Gilead can have before they become too much of a joke. For even with us seeing things stricter in the more southern districts, and Canada’s fears of war, something has to give right? It isn’t like the show has given Gilead any sort of nuance to make it seem like it is destined to be a permanent fixture and recognized government. So either they begin end game, or else they’ll make it difficult to take anyone of power serious unless they kill off some major heroes. Not villains, since that won’t fix the issue. They’ll have to kill off Emily, if they refuse to touch June.
The Handmaid's Tale
|Season/ Episode||Synopsis||Episode Information||Topics & Focused Characters|
|Season 3, Episode 12 “Sacrifice”||June makes a monumental decision which seems to weigh on her more than any other. Though, when it comes to Serena, her decision has her in a nearly joyous mood.|
|Season 3, Episode 10 “Witness”||June takes on a major sacrifice to make a breakthrough in her goal to liberate Gilead’s children. A plan which will test how competent Gilead’s security and leadership are.|
|Season 3, Episode 11 “Liars”||With a recent announcement of season 4, it seems marketing coordinated that with an episode that may finally be the beginning of the end.|
|Season 3, Episode 8 “Unfit”||We finally get to learn about Aunt Lydia’s life before Gilead took over, but that may become an afterthought considering how the episode ends.|
|Season 3, Episode 9 "Heroic"||As June is pushed to the brink of utter madness, murder even, she snaps. But, in snapping, she may have found a new purpose for her life.|
|Season 3, Episode 7 “Under His Eye”||As June loses yet another ally, so begins her possibly losing it. Though she might not be alone as Emily does as well. But, as that happens, Serena finds a crew.|
|Season 3, Episode 6 “Household”||We take a trip down to DC to learn if things are better or worse in the capital and oh, not only are they worse but June gets a wake-up call.|
|Season 3, Episode 5 “Unknown Caller”||We’ve come to the point where things might be beyond June’s control, and she may be forced to realize she’s no different than Commander Lawrence’s Marthas.|
|Season 3, Episode 4 “God Bless The Child”||June really tests the limits of her influence, but this time with the Waterfords and Aunt Lydia. Especially when Janine puts herself in a dangerous situation.|
|Season 3, Episode 3 “Useful”||Commander Lawrence begins to reveal his intentions to us and to say, even after an hour, they can seem ambiguous, that’s an understatement.|
|Season 3, Episode 2 “Mary and Martha”||A few old faces return this episode, and we learn how willing Commander Lawrence is when it comes to participating in the new underground railroad.|
|Season 3, Episode 1 “Night” [Season Premiere]||The Handmaid’s Tale returns, and like many a season premiere, we are presented the calm before the storm.|
|Season 2/ Episode 13 “The Word” [Season Finale]||For those, like me, who thought The Handmaid’s Tale was in a perpetual cycle, many things happen which break the wheel and lead us to believe Season 3 will be the fall of Gilead.|
|Season 2/ Episode 12 “Postpartum”||June may find herself responsible for yet another death as Emily finds herself in a rather peculiar commander’s home.|
|Season 2/ Episode 11 “Holly”||Desperate times call for desperate measures and June finds herself having to put her baby first as things become impossible for her.|
|Season 2/ Episode 10 “The Last Ceremony”|
Perhaps the happiest day of June’s life in a long time also meets yet another where she ends up getting someone killed.
|Season 2/ Episode 9 “Smart Power”||A trip to Canada temps Serena Joy, Nick meets Luke, and June searches for a godmother. Including Aunt Lydia who opens up to her.|
|Season 2, Episode 8 “Women’s Work”||Many women get a taste of the old world and there is the slightest bit of hope things could get better for them. However, said blessing is finite.|
|Season 2, Episode 7 “After”||A quiet revolution has begun with a bang and it seems Lillie’s bomb was just an exclamation point before a new chapter.|
|Season 2/ Episode 6 “First Blood”||As Serena Joy and June continue their complicated relationship, something possibly game-changing happens at the end of the episode.|
|Season 2/ Episode 5 “Seeds”||Just as it seemed the world broke and killed June and she has assumed the role of Offred, she gets two serious wake-up calls.|
|Season 2/ Episode 4 “Other Woman”||How long can you fight and be defeated, be the cause of others misery and death, before you decide to give up? It seems June has found out the answer.|
|Season 2/ Episode 3 “Baggage”||Guilt over not being the perfect mom, nor feminist, haunts June as she reminisces about her mother and how she has been as a mom.|
|Season 2/ Episode 2 “Unwomen”||The colonies are finally seen as well as an update on two favorites – Emily and Janine.|
|Season 2/ Episode 1 “June” [Season Premiere]||After her grand act of defiance inspiring a non-violent protest, it is time to see how Aunt Lydia plans to punish the girls and whether June’s pregnancy means anything in regards to that.|
|Season 1/ Episode 9 “The Bridge”||It’s easy to get desensitized. Both in terms of what the show offers and in general. Thus making the job of an actor harder for they have to give more of themselves over to you – the audience. Now, up to this point, I shed no tears, felt no significant shock, and only admired Moss and Dowd’s performance. But in this episode, one of those things changed.|
|Season 1/ Episode 4 “Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum”||With it being 13 days since June has been outside, seen someone besides the meek Rita and malicious Serena Joy, she is losing it. Yet, she finds a message hidden away for her that provides strength.|
|Season 1/ Episode 7 “The Other Side”||Rather than drag out what may have happened to Luke, as I want to believe they are doing with Moira, we get an episode dedicated to him.|
|Season 1/ Episode 6 “A Woman’s Place”||As the Mexico ambassador visits, we get a peek inside the past of Serena Joy and her part in what eventually created Gilead.|
|Season 1/ Episode 5 “Faithful”||Many characters have their true colors revealed and, alongside this, June herself we learn isn’t as innocent as she seems.|
|Season 1/ Episode 3 “Late”||As it’s revealed what happens to those like the original Ofglen, June continues to try to navigate through a world in which she finds herself to be the lobster in the boiling pot.|
|Season 1/ Episode 8 “Jezebels”||Would it be wrong, if not odd, to say I was a bit bored by “Jezebel?” Granted, we got another character’s background story and saw someone from June’s past, but I found it difficult to be excited or engaged. To help understand why, look below.|
|Season 1/ Episode 1 “Offred” [Series Premiere]||Being that Young Adult novels have come to dominate visual media dealing with a post-war period, it is a bit refreshing that those under 25 play little to no role in the series. Women who have experienced life instead are the focus and how they are dealing with a world which sent back women’s right at least a century.|
|Season 1/ Episode 10 “Night” [Season Finale]||Solidarity is what causes and maintains revolutions. But for solidarity to sprout there needs to be one voice. One refusal to the oppressor. Which is what we get in The Handmaid’s Talefinale: “Night.”|
|Season 1/ Episode 2 “Birth Day”|