The Handmaid's Tale (2017– )
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Serena Joy confronts Offred and the Commander. Offred struggles with a complicated, life-changing revelation. The Handmaids face a brutal decision.


Kari Skogland


Bruce Miller (teleplay by), Margaret Atwood (based on the novel by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Elisabeth Moss ... June Osborne
Joseph Fiennes ... Fred Waterford
Yvonne Strahovski ... Serena Joy Waterford
Madeline Brewer ... Janine Lindo
Ann Dowd ... Aunt Lydia Clements
O-T Fagbenle ... Luke Bankole
Max Minghella ... Nick Blaine
Samira Wiley ... Moira Strand
Robert Curtis Brown ... Andrew Pryce
Amanda Brugel ... Rita
Tattiawna Jones ... Lillie Fuller
Stephen Kunken ... Warren Putnam
Nina Kiri ... Alma
Jenessa Grant ... Dolores
Bruce Tubbe Bruce Tubbe ... Matthew


Serena Joy confronts Offred and the Commander. Offred struggles with a complicated, life-changing revelation. The Handmaids face a brutal decision.

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Release Date:

14 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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It seems the first and only white car in Gilead appears in this chapter, to the sound of "Feeling Good" by Nina Simone. All other cars that appeared in the show are black or red. See more »


Fred Waterford: I hear congratulations are in order.
Offred: Mm. Mm hm, yes.
Fred Waterford: Praised be. Such... wonderful news - a miracle, really.
Offred: Mm. Praised be.
Fred Waterford: Is it mine?
Offred: Of course.
Fred Waterford: [smiles slightly] You do that so well.
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Violin Concerto: II. -
Performed by Adele Anthony, Takuo Yuasa & Ulster Orchestra
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From June to Offred: A 21st century slave tale!
14 September 2017 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews


I was not sure to give it a try, in the end I just went on. The reason was, another dystopian theme. It was a short season with the 10 episodes, and I've got a mixed feeling. It was based on the 30 year old novel of the same name. I mean 3 decades old source is very old in the present trend. Since that book there were plenty of films, series were made similar to that theme, including one feature film adaptation. I don't know the screenplay was highly borrowed from its original source, but all I expected was alterable.

Even though I felt familiarity, I enjoyed watching it. My issue was the drag. The whole season was a drag. Dragged to have one more season, or maybe more in the future. Especially I was very disappointed with the season finale. It only felt like a mid-season finale and yet a lot more to come in the same season. But that was only my assumption, this season ended at the halfway. They had held back too much to have some of it in the upcoming seasons. That's very intense move from the production perspective, but for the viewers, it left with unsatisfying.

The plus points were the casting and production. Elisabeth Moss was very good. Her expressions saved in parts of the earlier episodes. Particularly, her smile during those circus were going on, instead of being tensed and confused. That reveals the character, who wants to stay alive for a reason. As the story progresses in the next episodes, you would know more reasons why. Alexis' part was short, as well as many others. The overall the characters design was good. But I anticipated more from the story side to reveal.

In the near future, the humans had lost fertility capacity, excluding a very few men and women. Those who are capable of having babies are taken as slave surrogate mothers, after separating from their husbands and kids, to assign them those who desire to have children. This tale follows Offred, who is one of the maids. Her struggle against the couple who took her in, and overall society, how it treated her and others like her. The American dreams are gone. Many fled to Canada and yet some are trying to make it there. But Offred is not concerned about that. She now has to find her daughter before planning anything.

Each epidoes were decent, but only a couple of them were top class. At least now we know what to expect from the follow-up season. Also the perspective of the story was very restricted like everything was from Offred. The episode like 'The Other Side' really made it interesting. We need more those kind of explanation of what's going on on the other side. Especially for a television series, they have all the time to detail out from all the angle. That's what I like in the series, otherwise I'm always a film fanatic, love to watch short and sweet tales. So I'm waiting for the season 2.


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