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When it comes to dark, twisty dramas, The Handmaids Tale has all points covered. It’s intense, terrifying, shocking and pretty much every other synonym we can think of for “bad” and “scary.” We expected to feel a sickening combo of all those words after the season three finale Sunday night, but instead, were hit with the biggest twist of all—an actual glimmer of hope.

We’ve seen it all on this show—wild escape plans, political conflict, horrible monthly ceremonies, cringe-worthy brutality—so it was truly jarring to experience a finale that didn’t feel like gut-punch after gut-punch followed by a final roller coaster stomach dive. The show got some punches in for sure, but we’re actually drying some happy tears too.

The dehydration is familiar. The hesitant optimism? Not so much.

The episode centered on  the Lawrence household’s plan to free dozens of children from the cruel dystopian regime of Gilead. After an on-the-fly transportation change involving picking up more kiddos than originally planned (hooray!) June’s (Elisabeth Moss) ultimate sacrifice play (along with the unbreakable bond of sisterhood) resulted in all the children safely landing in Canada. Safe children + the handmaids going back to help June = good. It was a bitter, tear-filled win, but a win nonetheless.

Waiting for a new season from a fave TV show is always the absolute worst, but this plot twist (i.e. not being left totally shattered by the finale) has us even more desperate for season four. We’ll be here watching those last moments on repeat and crying into our cereal.

The Handmaid’s Tale returns in 2020 and you can catch up on all episodes on Crave.