Gilead is back for a second season and it’s even bleaker than season one.
So much so, that even some die-hard fans are turning away from the Emmy award-winning TV series.
They’re switching off The Handmaid’s Tale and pretending the whole thing isn’t happening.
They’re seeking out TV shows that don’t take such an emotional toll on them and, quite frankly, don’t give them maroon-clad nightmares.
While the end of season one offered us some hope, so far season two has only been confronting… and dire… and full of never-ending setbacks for June.
That’s why fans have been struggling this season, because the likelihood of a happy ending is slim. June may never get real freedom and she may never be reunited with her family.
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And now one brutal scene has confirmed our worst fears.
In episode three, entitled Baggage, June leaves the Boston Globe building where she’s been hiding out for two months.
She travels with Omar, a member of Mayday the resistance movement which is helping her escape, to his bleak, grey apartment building.
The plan is for June to hide out there overnight, and then Omar would help her get to an airstrip, where a plane would be waiting to fly her out of Gilead.
Omar and his wife, Heather, are part of the lower classes in Gilead. Heather is what is known as an Econowife. They both wear grey and attend church every day.