Warning: This post contains spoilers for The Handmaid’s Tale season one, and some hints about The Handmaid’s Tale season two.
If you are still recovering from the horror that was watching season one of The Handmaid’s Tale, you had best invest in some sort of emotionally supportive comfort blanket because season two is upon us and things are about to get so much worse.
At the end of season one of The Handmaid’s Tale, the award winning television series based on Margaret Atwood’s best-selling novel of the same name, you may have felt a flicker of hope begin to stir in your heart.
After all, June/Offred (Elisabeth Moss) had led her fellow handmaids in an uprising against Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) and they had marched through the streets together triumphantly after refusing to stone Janine (Madeline Brewer) to death.
Then, June was spirited away into the back of a van, and there were signs pointing towards the tiny glorious, glorious sliver of hope that she was being taken to safety.
But the opening scene of season two blows any chance of a slightly better future for the women enslaved by Gilead out of the water.
The handmaids are punished for their show of defiance in spectacular fashion during long, torturous scenes that make you believe they will never dare to step out of line ever again.
Take a look at what to expect from The Handmaid’s Tale, season two.
Aunt Lydia’s discovery of June’s pregnancy saves her from some of the later punishments, but her refusal to fall into line and eat dinner leads us to discover the fate that befalls a pregnant handmaid who attempts to rebel.
A pregnant woman who is paraded before Junes’ eyes serves as a warning that her future could include being treated no better than an abused animal. It’s a scene that serves to shatter any belief that there are ways to work within the Gilead system and carve out a safe space for yourself by bearing children.