WARNING: SPOILERS. All the spoilers.
We weren’t expecting a Hollywood ending, we weren’t everything to be wrapped up in a neat little bow. But we also weren’t expecting what actually happened at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 finale.
After an episode packed with triumphant moments (The punch. The stab. The “Go f**k yourself, Fred.”), it looked like our heroine June, played by Elisabeth Moss, had finally been given a ticket to freedom. In an elaborate scheme involving several Marthas, burning houses and the surprise humanity of Ofglen’s new commander, the pair and June’s baby, Holly (or Nicole to the Waterfords), were offered a seat on a truck that would smuggle them out, presumably to Canada.
Yet when the time came to leave, June handed the baby to Emily and remained behind. “Call her Nicole,” she said, in a nod to Serena Joy’s love for the baby. “Tell her I love her.”
It was a decision that left viewers asking/yelling:
Why didn’t June leave Gilead?
— Jayne Denker ???? (@JDenkerAuthor) July 12, 2018