The last time we saw June, a.k.a. the handmaid known as Offred (Elisabeth Moss) in the season two finale of The Handmaid’s Tale, it was in a mildly rage-invoking scene. She had just escaped the Waterford household thanks to Rita (Amanda Brugel) and the marthas distracting everyone with a massive fire, but rather than climb into that van with her baby, June handed Nicole/Holly off to Emily (Alexis Bledel) and stayed in Gilead to try to save her other daughter Hannah.
Cue the groans everywhere. Why? Because after witnessing June try to escape Gilead for two whole seasons it was beyond frustrating to watch her stay.
But we get it. Sometimes the establishment is best fought from within.
Enter the newly released season three trailer, which is surprisingly hopeful, given the overall dark tone of the show last year. In fact we’d go so far as to call it promising, thanks to several new developments and alliances. Also promising? The fact that the trailer dropped on May 1, a.k.a. MAY DAY. Get it? In the books, Mayday is the name of the underground resistance fighting the powers that be in Gilead.
We love it when this show gets us.
— theskyshipper (@theskyshipper) May 1, 2019
The trailer (above) opens with old footage, including the bombing of the new Red Center and June fleeing from the Waterford household, along with the ticking of an unseen clock and a classic June voiceover.
“Heresy. That’s what you get punished for,” she says. “Not for being part of the resistance, because officially, there is no resistance. Not for helping people escape. Because officially, there’s no such thing as escape.”
Maybe not, but judging from the trailer it appears as though both Emily and Nicole made it across the border to Canada in one piece. And, if the snippets are to be believed, Nicole/Holly may also make it into the arms of Luke (O.T. Fagbenle), which assures us that she’ll be well looked after. Now that’s a rare, happy thought we can associate with this show.
— Kisha (@HonnyDipp) May 1, 2019
But where does that leave June? The trailer shows her back in full handmaid’s garb, but it seems as though she isn’t back in the Waterford household. Instead she appears to now be aligned with Commander Lawrence (Bradley Whitford), the man who originally helped architect Gilead’s economy but is now a key part of the resistance.
June may also be in cahoots with the one and only Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski). Serena had a pretty massive journey in season two, as she went from Enemy No. 1 to June’s biggest ally when she allowed her handmaid and child to escape during that fire. While we can’t bring ourselves to believe that Serena is all good these days, it certainly seems like she’s ready to join June in the fight to dismantle Gilead once and for all. We suppose that’s what losing a finger for voicing your opinion does to you.
Seriously though, June and Serena smoking darts together poolside at the end of the trailer is the meme-to-be that we didn’t know we needed in our lives.
— NG🐱🌮 (@sendmethecats) May 1, 2019
What else did we learn from the two-minute preview? Plenty, actually. As showrunner Bruce Miller previously confirmed, Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) is alive, although it’s tough to tell whether she’s well. Nick (Max Minghella) also seems to have escaped any punishment for his part in June’s escape—in fact it looks as though he may have even been promoted.
Last but not least we also got a snippet of Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes), who is looking as stern and angry as ever. As we learned last season he’s a pretty dangerous dude who we’ve underestimated until now, so even one surly look from the guy in the preview and we’re worried for basically all of the female characters on the show.
But, as the season’s new tagline says, “Blessed be the fight.” And we can’t wait to get brawlin’.
The Handmaid’s Tale, which is based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, returns to Bravo and Crave on Sunday, June 9.