In episode two, Season Two, of The Handmaid’s Tale, we are delivered a revelation.
Where, exactly, have they taken her?
There are clues dropped through the beginning of episode two. A woman’s shoe sitting under a work desk. An unwashed coffee mug. A dusty Friends DVD. Pictures of friends and family. A ‘pride’ rainbow flag.
This was once an office, populated by hardworking people.
But what happened to them?
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At 21 minutes in, we find out.
There’s a flash of three words in the background, printed on a stack of newspapers, revealing a target of the new regime we might not have yet considered: The Boston Globe.
As June turns the lights on, the room opens up, and we see the machinery behind the printing press, a stunning representation of the first amendment.
But we already know this is not an office that was evacuated. People weren’t fired as was the case with June. The lone shoe indicates something far more sinister.