The Handmaid’s Tale — “Offred” Episode 101 — Offred, one the few fertile women known as Handmaids in the oppressive Republic of Gilead, struggles to survive as a reproductive surrogate for a powerful Commander and his resentful wife. Hannah (Jordana Blake) and Offred (Elisabeth Moss), shown. (Photo by: George Kraychyk/Hulu)
How does it end?
Not only am I curious about the obvious question of how the season and the show will end, but more than that: how does Gilead end? Are we going to see more than just June being carted off and then a wizened scholar talking about cassette tapes? Will June join the Resistance and will we get to see her fighting to take things back, or would that diminish the impact of the first half of the series? With this second season renewal, we know there’s got to be more to June’s story than Atwood put in the novel, as they’re quickly running out of material. But I’m not sure what all I want to see and know about. There’s enough potential here for Atwood to essentially help direct a sequel without actually writing a book!
It’s a complex feeling, too. On one hand, I feel on a weekly basis I can’t stomach much more of the awful things happening in this show. But I simultaneously want to know more about this universe and see it to some kind of hopeful conclusion. Dystopian stories have that effect generally, but The Handmaid’s Tale is perhaps more so due to how real it keeps getting. I’ll just have to wait, week by week, to find out, and then even longer as we impatiently watch for news of season 2’s debut next year.