Warning: This article contains MANY spoilers for The Handmaid’s Tale season three, episode 12, Sacrifice. If you’re not caught up yet, bookmark us and come back once you’re ready to properly debrief. Ready? Let’s go!
After a week of pacing back and forth, with clenched fists, muttering “Commander Waterford, you have now crossed into Canada. We are arresting you for war crimes…” under our breath, we finally made it to the penultimate episode of The Handmaid’s Tale season 3.
And there’s a lot going on.
Elizabeth Moss explains June’s decision to leave Eleanor. Post continues after video.
- Sweet Eleanor Lawrence nearly gave away the plan multiple times, believed she was a liability and took her own life
- Rita is an angel
- Fred Waterford’s ego is immortal and not even discovering his wife got him arrested as a war criminal can make him look long and hard at his life choices
- Fred and Serena are being held
at a Scandi wellness retreatin cells that are nicer than my apartment
- Luke punched Fred in the face and it was beautiful
- Moira, a social worker and a crying baby crushed Serena’s soul
The episode really cemented that (ugh) Fred is correct: The June Luke knew is gone. Heck, the June from the beginning of season three is gone.
At the start of the season she struggled with the idea of sacrificing the lives of others to save five women, but in this episode she quickly makes the decision to allow Eleanor to die for the sake of 52 children.