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The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 is Empowering & Brilliant

Handmaids Tale Season 2 Finale
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Blessed be this unbelievable second season of The Handmaid’s Tale.

While Hulu is becoming the next big thing The Handmaid’s Tale has concurrently become one of the best shows on all of the streaming platforms. It’s gritty, heart-pounding, heart-breaking, and terrifyingly realistic to the plights that many women in this modern day are suffering. One may look at this show as a dreary look at what is to come, offering nothing but pain and dread to those watching, but to me it couldn’t be farther from that.

The Handmaid’s Tale is truly the story of the underdog, but the underdog in this case just happens to be women, and honestly anyone that isn’t a rich, white male…sound familiar?

It shows us the resistance in the pain, and the strength that can come from being condemned to a life of utter pain and prejudice. To me, The Handmaid’s Tale is a break from the much darker world we live in today, an escape from the hopelessness of the daily mundane, and reminds me that some things in life are always worth fighting for.

Season Two, like Season One, provided all of this and more.

Some may not be happy with June’s (Elisabeth Moss) decision in the season finale (no spoilers here). However, I will say it will have you scratching your head and yelling at your TV, but at the end of the day the show showed us what the theme of the season has been all about … June’s strength.

She has been and always will be a fighter and for the first time in a while, she got to make something that Gilead has tried to take away from her … a choice.

Again, I won’t spoil, but I will say to those confused by the finale, it makes perfect sense falling in line with her character arc. June is a fighter, and not someone who gives up when life throws her an easy way out.

The season as a whole has truly kept up with this narrative. We may want to see June in Canada with her beloved Luke and Hannah. We want to see the grand ol’ USA back in its glory. We want that happy ending television shows and films have always offered us in our time of need … and boy oh boy do we need that escape more than ever. We want all of these things, but that isn’t realistic and that isn’t good storytelling — well at least not in this case. We need to see the awful things that come when people stay quiet, we need to see the fight that people have in them when brought down, we need to see resistance and togetherness in all its gory glory.

All in all, Season Two was truly something to behold. It gave rather annoying characters from Season One more depth. Yvonne Strahovski, who has rightfully been nominated for her first Emmy, gives life to love in a truly hopeless place (aka Nick and June — Max Minghella and Moss). It added drama in a realistic and heart-wrenching way, and shows us what strength and great writing truly looks like.

It may be a long time away from Season Three of The Handmaid’s Tale. A long time before we can see June and friends back on the small screen, but we can take what we saw and feel empowered. Feel happy a show like this exists and shows such horrendous things to remind us of what we have and what we can lose. The Handmaid’s Tale is revolutionary and deserves all the acclaim it gets.

May the Lord Open, and Blessed Be for Season Three.

Rating: 10 out of 10

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 Finale is now streaming on Hulu.

Laura Dengrove
Laura Dengrove
Hello! My name is Laura Dengrove. I am currently a Junior at Rutgers University, double majoring in Journalism/Media Studies and Cinema Studies. I am a film critic and interviewer by choice, professional Linda Belcher impersonator by birth.


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