Lace up the strappy sandals and break out the ballpoint pens because after weeks of hopelessness the women on The Handmaid’s Tale (Sundays, 9 p.m. Crave) finally fought back, and now it looks like some big changes are afoot in Gilead.
But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves here. Sunday’s latest episode, “Liars,” was basically the tale of the three commanders we’ve been following so far this season, and how their entire lives have unravelled as the result of a woman they’ve repressed. (We know, what’s not to love about that, given all of the show’s misogynistic themes?)
Let’s break it all down, shall we?
It was naïve of June to believe Lawrence would put her and her plan above his wife’s wellbeing or even himself. Yes, there’s something redeeming to the potential storyline of him becoming a hero given everything he did to orchestrate and realize Gilead in the first place, but let’s not forget that no matter how much we may like or feel for Lawrence (and portrayer Bradley Whitford) at this point, he’s not a good guy. No one should have been surprised when he tried to run.
The fact that he did, only to realize he couldn’t make it through any of his old checkpoints now that Fred Waterford has put a target on his back, is one of the few things that has actually worked out in June’s favour recently. (Well, except all of those times she wasn’t put on the wall for her actions, we suppose.) Can you imagine if 50-plus children had been on a bus that Lawrence was trying to get out when they realized it was impossible? That would have been much worse for everyone.
the song they used to close out the last episode of handmaid’s tale really did what it had to do. I love it when they get it right with the music for scenes.
Me when Commander Lawrence gave June the glock: pic.twitter.com/hRvFfTSdrZ
— Kia (@Lovelakexo) August 4, 2019
As it stands, Eleanor’s life is still in jeopardy because of her mental health issues, Lawrence is trapped into doing what June wants, and there may or may not be an airplane coming now that June had that little jaunt over to Jezebel’s. Speaking of…
Oh Jezebel’s, how we have NOT missed you. When June slipped inside the whack brothel to meet the bartender (how was that so easy?!) and High Commander Winslow recognized her, we knew nothing good was going to come of it. That guy is all about power—power, and wielding power over people. People like June.
At first we thought we were going to be subjected to another awful rape scene displaying just how much Winslow enjoys that power. But just as he was readying to do… whatever he was planning to do to June, something inside her finally snapped and she fought back in a way that had us in serious need of some destressing oils or something. Who knew that death-by-pen is something this show could pull off? But it did—and we were quite all right with that. By the time a wounded Winslow was telling June to think about his kids, we all wanted her to bring that statue down on his skull and finish him.
We’re sad only for the fact that we’ll never know if Winslow was actually into Fred Waterford, and if his interest in June that night was because he wants to have everything that Fred has (or has had). It’s all ambiguous and interesting and a bit nutty, but as it stands his death is a huge deal because until this point June has never directly killed anyone. Now that she has, it’s bound to change her in interesting ways.
Can we just applaud @Chris_Meloni for his amazing portrayal of Winslow. I loved and hated that guy, so much and I’m happy he’s dead, and so upset because I feel like we didn’t even see his best/worst features. #HandmaidsTale
— Bia👑 (@BiaKing93) August 4, 2019
Speaking of change, there’s a lot of that coming up for one Fred Waterford, the OG villain. Can we please just talk about how Serena turning him over to the Canadian authorities (we all agree that’s what happened, right?) was the best moment in the entire freaking series? It’s very rare that we get to see any of the commanders lose their power here, and having Fred actually handcuffed and charged as a war criminal… well it just gave us all the fist-pumping feels. And now we can’t wait to see his face when he learns that Serena was behind it all.
To be fair, jail seems like a pretty good fate for Waterford after all (ALL) of his grossness and the awful things he’s done. But even more importantly we hope this permanently solidifies Serena as a good character, and no more flip-flopping. It’s fine and well that those two had a bit of a romantic send-off when he let her drive and they talked about retiring away from it all, but Serena knows as well as we do that he’s not a good guy—he’s just not. Hopefully none of the information he may provide to authorities will get him a deal here, because that is one dude who does not deserve one.
Waterford accidentally crosses into Canada and gets arrested 🙌
— 𝓢𝓽𝓪𝓬𝓮𝔂 𝓑𝓪𝓷𝓬𝓻𝓸𝓯𝓽 (@StaceyMcG_x) August 3, 2019
The real question is what does Serena get in exchange for Fred? Is it freedom? Or does this now bring her one step closer to Nichole? Man we hope not. But this is The Handmaid’s Tale, and the stories never really go how we suspect they will. That’s why we can’t stop watching.