‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ premiere recap: Season 5, episodes 1 and 2

last time we saw story of the maidJune Osborne, she was leading a pack of former slaves to help with her murder Commander Fred Waterford in the woods. With Fred’s blood dry on her hands, she returned home and went to her daughter’s nursery to hold little Nicole for the last time before going to Lam or surrendering to the authorities – it was unclear. Either way: June knew the jig was up.

So at the Season 5 premiere, she was shocked to learn that, in fact, the gig would go on as scheduled! Nothing to see here!

Meanwhile, in the first half of the two-episode premiere, Serena learns of her husband’s passing and immediately finds out who is responsible, and Emily walks out for good. Read on for the highlights of “Morning,” then make sure you watchThe Hat Executive Producers Warren Littlefield and Bruce Miller Have to Say About That Shocker at the End of Episode 2,

‘From his f-king hand!’ , We jump back to the house in June, avoiding Luke and Moira’s increasingly anxious questions about what happened. She cuddles Nicole once again, inadvertently smearing blood all over the baby’s face, before grabbing her coat and going outside. “I did it. I killed him. I killed Fred,” she tells Moira and Luke, with excitement as they watch in horror. “With her hand. From her cha-king hand!” she adds before stopping in the car and driving as they yell for her to stop. She doesn’t.

Instead, she makes her way to a diner full of women who helped her finish Fred. They eat with abandon—pancakes, eggs, a milkshake—because, as one of the women put it, “everything is better when Fred dies.” Outside, one of the women opens the trunk of her car to show June a big bag o’ gun; She gives Jun a pistol and promises that she can get more. It gradually becomes clear that these women undertook Mission: Wipe Out Waterford, the first of many life-threatening operations, and they expect June to help them the way they helped her. Except that he’s not interested, and he’s more concerned with the fact that Emily seems to be missing.

Before this there is anger among the maids. “We all went to the woods for you, June,” says one. “He was your monster, and we set him aside for you. Now it’s my turn,” explains another. June explains that neither of them are likely to get the justice they deserve, and the situation then until one of the women shows the weapon in June and then fires it several times in the air. Knowing that the police will soon be on the way, she grabs a gun and then hurriedly into her car. As she does, others quickly leave.

the-handmaid's-tail-premier-recap-season-5-episode-1-Adios, Emily , June then goes to Emily’s house, where Sylvia informs her that Emily went back to Gilead “to fight, I guess. To find Aunt Lydia, if she can. This is what she needs to do.” Because June has to be June, she immediately decides that she is to blame. But Sylvia is through with all this and doesn’t want to discuss it.” She was gone, and then here she was. I will get more time than I thought. We are lucky in many ways,” she says. And when June asks if Sylvia will tell her if Emily makes contact, Sylvia says no.

After he leaves, our girl begins to come down with an adrenaline rush to end her rapist’s life. Eventually she washes her hands at the edge of the body of water, which are still slightly bloody. She thinks of Hannah before and after Gilead, and she cries. She appears distressed enough to raise the suspicion of a police officer who may be passing by, and very soon Luke is coming to bring her to the station.

The thing is, June doesn’t want to come home. She knows law enforcement will be looking for her, and “I can’t wait for the shoes on the stairs.” Plus, she admits that she “loved” watching Fred die, and maybe that’s not the best energy you want around a kid? And as Luke tries to figure out how to get to her, she makes a choice: She confesses to the murder to a Toronto police officer, and is taken to a back room. Luke cries “Don’t do that!” But Jun never looked so calm as he moved away.

the-handmaid's-tail-premier-recap-season-5-episode-1-Well it was unexpected , That peaceful attitude continues as he is being questioned. “He raped me and held me captive. He was a demon, and he deserved to die,” she says, waiting for the officer to arrest her. But – twist! – that’s not going to happen. The incident, which June confessed, did not take place on Canadian soil, and therefore “does not concern the Crown.”

June is taken aback, insisting that there should be a punishment for such an act? But his questioner insists that Canada “has no quarrel with you,” and is free to leave. While I’m glad June isn’t about to give up time, a humiliated-to-hurt feel at how even the end of her years of torture goes unrecognized and so easily dismissed.

Luke brings her home, where Moira is not comfortable with the idea of ​​June taking care of Nicole. “You scare me,” she says. “Me too,” replies June, on the verge of tears. “I thought I’d be in jail.” They exchange “I love you”, and then Tuelo shows up to tell June that both Serena and Gilead are a little intimidated by what they were able to achieve. “I just came to say: Well done. You did something terrible that needed to be done. I understand what it’s worth. Could he rot in Hell,” Tuello tells him. And that’s when she replies “Praise,” he advises her: “don’t let the bastard crush you.”

Later June is joined by Luke and Moira as they give the little girl a bath. Later, June hugs her daughter and cries, and once again I am impressed by the younger actresses who play Nicole. so soulful!

The Handmaid's Tale Premiere Recap Season 5 Episode 1Widow Waterford , What is Serena doing at the moment, you wonder? After June’s care package appears, Mrs. Waterford is taken to a safe place and is informed of Fred’s death. She does not believe Tuelo when he shows up and says that she is not sure what happened after handing Fred over to the border, and she directly blames him for Fred’s death. This angers him, but when he cools down a bit, he tells her about the fingergram and shows him a picture of the commander, hanging on the temporary wall with “Nolite Te Bastards Carborandorum” spray-painted below. Has happened. Serena asks, and learns, that it was Fred’s left ring finger in the envelope. “It wasn’t Gilead,” she says angrily. “It was June Osborne.” Tuello says it’s not possible. “You don’t know what that is,” spittles Serena.

After seeing Fred’s actually destroyed corpse, she later becomes even more paranoid, to find that Canada is not pursuing charges because the crime took place in No Man’s Land. “As such, June Osborne hasn’t broken any laws,” Tuello tells her, adding that when her own charges are cleared, she can apply for asylum. Like that, I don’t think.

They leave the morgue to find a long line of Canadians friendly to Gilead, who keep a candlelight watch for Fred. You can see that Serena’s wheel is spinning as she slowly moves among her supporters, so it’s not a huge surprise when she announces she’s going to bring the Commander home for burial. “I will see that my husband will have a proper funeral in the country he founded,” she says. “The name Waterford has power, and will be respected and remembered.” An angry Tuelo says it’s probably not going to happen, but he’ll make some calls.

New Mrs. Blaine , Back at Gilead, Nick is at home with his new wife, who walks around with a cane and knows at least a little bit what he’s really doing. And she looks helpful, which is a nice change! After asking if she saw June, she wonders, “And what she needed to do was done?” When he answers yes, it starts pleasing her. “Maybe June can find some peace now,” she says.

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