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Who Is Nick in 'The Handmaid's Tale' and What Will Be His Downfall?
Warning: This article contains spoilers for season 5 episode 3 and The Testaments.There's no one more polarizing in 'The Handmaid's Tale' universe than Nick Blaine, and the reason for that is simple. We don't know him or anything that goes on inside his head. We have to glean clues from his actions and his words. This began with Margaret Atwood's initial novel. In it, Nick and Offred develop a relationship organically, starting with a moment in Serena's forbidden sitting room. Later, after Serena orders Offred to sleep with him, they develop feelings for one another. Offred doesn't understand him. People in her world kept to themselves. They didn't talk or get to know one another. That was too dangerous. But she thinks he is too casual. He's not stiff or scared like a Guardian. This leads her to believe that he is an Eye. She still opens up when they're together. She tells him about her life in the time before, Luke, and Hannah. There is intimacy, but he's still a closed book. He does seem saddened when he finds out that Offred is pregnant, especially since he won't be able to take part in the child's life. That showed us that he had compassion. When Offred is dragged away by the Eyes near the end of the novel, he comes to collect her in her room, which seems to confirm her suspicions that he is an Eye. He reassures her, telling her that he is part of Mayday and that these men have come to rescue her. Serena and the Commander ask to see a warrant. They want to know what her crimes were. They're told that Offred is being arrested for violating state secrets. It sounds made up, which also lends creedence to the claims that they are in fact Mayday. In the epilogue, it's revealed that an audio tape was found in an old home. It's the fictional source material for the novel. Historians think she recorded it in a safe house at the border.
The Ugly Truth About Aunt Lydia in 'The Handmaid's Tale'
Warning: This article contains spoilers up to season 5 episode 3Many members of the 'The Handmaid's Tale' fandom can point to a specific scene that makes them cry every time they watch it. It's different for everyone. It could be Rita walking off the plane, or maybe it's Moira searching through a cloud of smoke in Chicago. Whatever it is, it's proof that the show is a masterpiece.For me it was the beginning of season 2. The handmaids were ripped from their homes, chased down by dogs, and lined up on a gallows with nooses wrapped around their necks.  The horror and desperation became an unstoppable force, crashing down on millions of viewers. We didn't have a choice. We sobbed our eyes out as we watched the girls reaching to hold hands with one another. They were shaking so hard they could barely breathe. June looked up and we saw what looked like the light at the end of the tunnel. She was going to die.A guardian called out, 'By his hand!' A lever was pulled, and the world gasped. The girls did drop, but not far enough to be hung.  Instead, Aunt Lydia's voice rang out from a loudspeaker. 'You will love the Lord thy God with all your heart.'Had they not been tied up, they probably would've salvaged her for that. It was impossible to imagine how anyone could be so ruthless. They didn't do anything wrong. They just refused to stone Janine. Aunt Lydia didn't stop there, either. She used a torture technique, forcing them to undergo propaganda sessions while holding a stone up in the middle of the rain. She handcuffed Alma's hand to a lit stove. She even cut out one of the handmaid's tongues. This all started because Janine was losing touch. She was convinced that Commander Putnam loved her and that he would come for her after she was transferred to another posting. He had been lying to her and abusing her, and she bought into it.When Janine realized what had happened, she kidnapped Angela, and threatened to jump off a bridge with the child in her arms. June was able to talk her into handing the child over. But she still jumped off, injuring herself in the fall. Strangely enough, this was one of the first times we saw Lydia show any sign of compassion. It wasn't much, just a remark when she visited Janine's bedside. But the woman was so cruel that it was like seeing Ann Down step out of character.
June Osborne and Embracing the Darkness in 'The Handmaid's Tale'
Warning: This article contains spoilers for the original novel and season 5 episode 4. The philosopher Plato once told a story about a group of prisoners who had been trapped inside a cave their entire lives. All they could see were the shadows dancing on the walls. Those shadows were their reality. They represented the ideas and objects that humans use to define everything around them. According to him, that was all most humans were capable of seeing. Should a prisoner venture outside the cave, the light would hurt their eyes, and they would be blinded by it, unable to perceive the outside world. The pain would be too much and they'd retreat back into the comfortable darkness. This story, commonly referred to as the Allegory of the Cave, is mostly meant to outline our limited perception. We don't understand the world around us, and we certainly can't look inside ourselves and perceive our own nature. The public would never accept the science behind why we do things and the way we think. It goes against our most ingrained beliefs about who and what we are. That is a light we cannot withstand. It's like when someone insults us. We get defensive and shield ourselves from the truth because it hurts.Fiction reflects that. There are all sorts of rules that writers follow to avoid the darkest aspects of human nature and the world around us. Some truths are too uncomfortable, so they we skip those parts, focusing instead on beautiful lies. Margaret Atwood doesn't gloss those things over. She grabs a mirror, shoves it in our faces, and demands that we look. That's why so much of her work seems outlandish and counterintuitive. It's real. She refuses to give us anything other than an objective view of what we are and what we're capable of. She doesn't write about heros or heroines. She doesn't do happily ever afters. She gives us probable conclusions--decades of Gilead, no hope, and very little chance of escape. She lives in our world, not the world of fiction. 'The Handmaid's Tale' series reproduces Atwood's blinding objectivity, and it can be overwhelming. They challenge our notions of what it means to be good and evil. They go to places fiction doesn't go. Sometimes it's uncomfortable and unfamiliar, but that's because it's realistic. If we take a step back, focus our eyes, and see it for what it is, we can begin to understand it better.
A Portrait of Evil: Who is Serena Joy in 'The Handmaid's Tale' and What Drives Her?
Warning: This article does not go over events that occur in seasons 4 or 5, but it does touch on material found in previous seasons. The author of The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood, has the extraordinary ability to bring life to the abstract. She forces the audience to confront things that normally couldn't be put into words. We bask in the smell of genesis in Janine's birthing chamber. We learn what it feels like to be stuck in solitary confinement. We see the struggles of a high-ranking daughter growing up in Gilead, and we come face to face with true evil. That's one thing Atwood understands better than anything else: evil. She sticks it under a microscope, tells us to stare into the lens. Then she holds our heads down, forcing us to confront it until we simply cannot bear to keep watching. It's because she understands something most of us have yet to comprehend. Gilead is our fault. Our fault. The system was thought up by men and women who betray themselves and those around them. There's the complacency, the progressives who should've been standing in the marching line with Moira and Holly and the rest of the collective, and then there's those who betray their own kind. They devote everything that they are to fundamentalism and the patriarchal power structure. These are the women who are so self-deluded, so vicious that they can beat their slaves while calling themselves the righteous elect--God's chosen, held above the rest of humanity. Serena has always represented those women and their puzzling motivations. She's the embodiment of the mindset that causes us to justify burning a peaceful world to the ground. To many, she is an enigma. We can't fathom what could possibly turn a woman like her into the monster she's become. She's too despicable, too twisted. It doesn't seem realistic. But The Handmaid's Tale does an amazing job of showing us where she comes from and what she is. The show has everything we need to understand this beast and the forces she embodies, and it all makes perfect sense. We just have to grab a magnifying glass and go over the material.
5 Predictions For 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 5
Warning: This article contains spoilers for the first three episodes of season 5 and The Testaments.We wait. As the audience, that's all we can do. We spend a year desperate for the next season. When it finally does arrive, we get two episodes, then we twiddle our thumbs six days a week wondering what's going to happen next. It's not easy. Many of us find ourselves sifting through The Testaments, scrolling through forums and groups, obsessing over trailers, wondering, so anxious to find out that we can't stop. We won't. It's just too good. That's the sacrifice we make for fiction of the highest caliber, and that is definitely the category that The Handmaid's Tale falls into. Anyone who's been tuning in this long knows that. The writers are at the top of their game. They can toy with us, placate us, and walk a tightrope to please us--all techniques that few can master. True, some of us might fall into the cracks of despondency and detach from the series, but they still know how to keep most of us watching. Many of you have seen the trailers for the upcoming episode and the newly released look ahead for season 5, and you may have noticed something. It's all so different. The rules of The Handmaid's Tale have changed. We can finally say that anything could happen. We know some of what to expect, but there's no point of reference anymore, no Gilead rulebook to follow. There are a lot of gaps in our knowledge--gaping holes in fact. That's what this article is for. Let's fill in those gaps, speculate together, and see if we can't come up with some answers. Not all of these predictions will turn out to be true; some of you may scoff, but they're not shots in the dark, either. As you will see, they come from a firm understanding of the source material and the few glimpses we've already been given about what comes next.
New 'The Handmaid's Tale' Trailer Shows June Discussing a Return to Gilead
Fans of 'The Handmaid's Tale' have been riding a roller coaster since the series first premiered in 2017. The Emmy-award-winning drama, set in the dystopian Republic of Gilead, is known for pushing the boundaries of television. Now the show is about to release another installment, and if the most recent trailer is to be trusted, then it looks like things are going to get dicey. Elizabeth Moss, who plays the main character June, told ET Canada in April, 'There's so much happening in every single episode.'
Everything you Need to Know About Hulu’s Fifth Season of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’
Time flies- wasn’t just the other day fans couldn’t keep calm when the first season of The Handmaid’s Tale premiered? The series has managed four incredible seasons in nearly five years, with the fifth around the corner. The Handmaid’s Tale is a modification of Margaret Atwood’s book of the same title, originally published in 1985 (hardcover).Atwood project has garnered a whopping 4.1/5-star rating on Goodreads and a 3.1/5-star rating on Thriftbooks; no wonder it was modified into a TV show.
How Will 'The Handmaid's Tale' Pave the Way For 'The Testaments' Spin-off?
Warning: This article contains EXTREME spoilers for the entire Handmaid's Tale universe. Now that 'The Handmaid's Tale' is about to release its fifth season, people are starting to ask about the finale and the sequel. Ann Dowd, who plays Aunt Lydia, did confirm that she was going to star in an adaption of Margaret Atwood's second novel The Testaments in an interview with Hollywood Reporter in 2021. Since the show is winding down, the showrunners are starting to set the stage for the spin-off, and fans are wondering how that will play out.
Do June and Luke Get Hannah Out of Gilead in 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 5?
Warning: This article contains EXTREME spoilers for the entire Handmaid's Tale franchise. For June (Elizabeth Moss), the conflict in 'The Handmaid's Tale' has always been about her daughter, Hannah. Her child was ripped from her arms in the very beginning of the show, and she's been mourning that loss ever since. She doesn't care about anything else, even her own safety. She just wants to make sure that her daughter is safe, so much so that she was even willing to stay in Gilead to get Hannah out.
A Tribute to 'The Handmaid's Tale' As it Announces its Sixth and Final Season
Some bittersweet news arrived today, announcing the renewal of the sixth and final season of 'The Handmaid's Tale.' It was a moment of grief for the many fans who have followed the show since the beginning. The showrunner, Bruce Miller made the following statement in a press release:'It has been a true honor to tell the story of Margaret Atwood's groundbreaking novel and chillingly relevant world, and we are thrilled to bring viewers a sixth and final season of The Handmaid's Tale. We are grateful to Hulu and MGM for allowing us to tell this story, which unfortunately has remained as relevant as ever throughout its run, and are in awe of our incredible fans for their unwavering support, and without whom we never would have gotten to this point.'
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