The Handmaid’s Tale

  1. Episode 10 Night
    The Handmaid’s Tale Season-Finale Recap: I Have No Choice “Night” saps the terror and brutality out of Gilead at its most climactic moment.
  2. Episode 9 The Bridge
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Praised Be, Bitch June is becoming a hero, but heroism has an unfortunate cost.
  3. Episode 8 Jezebels
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Aren’t You Enjoying Yourself? What does it feel like to be a concept instead of a person?
  4. Episode 7 The Other Side
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: If You Go Back, You Will Die “The Other Side” rewinds the story, this time with the focus fixed on Luke.
  5. Episode 6 A Woman’s Place
  6. Episode 5 Faithful
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Forget About the Commander The right to love is the right to be a person.
  7. Episode 4 Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Trapped in a Box In Gilead, knowing how to play your role is very important.
  8. Episode 3 Late
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Everybody Breaks This is how they take everything from you: one thing at a time.
  9. Episode 2 Birth Day
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: I’d Like to Play a Game With You Despite the horror of it all, Gilead is a cloyingly literal place.
  10. Episode 1 Offred
    The Handmaid’s Tale Series-Premiere Recap: Under His Eye A dystopian vision designed to feel chillingly on the cusp of possibility.
  1. Episode 13 The Word
    The Handmaid’s Tale Season-Finale Recap: Beginnings and Endings The second season comes to a close with some dramatic acts of rebellion and a sure-to-be-controversial choice.
  2. Episode 12 Postpartum
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Breastfeeding Blues June runs into lactation problems while Emily finds a new home in season two’s penultimate episode.
  3. Episode 11 Holly
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Hungry Hearts A slow-burning episode finds June forced to make some crucial decisions.
  4. Episode 10 The Last Ceremony
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Brief Encounter June suffers the utter brutality of a short, heartbreaking reunion.
  5. Episode 9 Smart Power
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Oh, Canada It’s hard not to hear echoes of real-life tensions between the U.S. and Canada in the penultimate episode of the show’s second season.
  6. Episode 8 Women’s Work
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: A Room of Their Own June and Serena stake out a space for themselves — briefly.
  7. Episode 7 After
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: In Remembrance Gilead has always been a violent place, but now the violence is random.
  8. Episode 6 First Blood
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Grand Opening The resistance is finally on the rise.
  9. Episode 5 Seeds
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Rachel and Leah Two weddings, zero happy occasions.
  10. Episode 4 Other Women
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: No Escape Every ounce of hope has been stripped from June’s psyche.
  11. Episode 3 Baggage
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: The Great Escape You didn’t think June would make it out so easily, did you?
  12. Episode 2 Unwomen
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Emily’s Story This heart-wrenching episode belongs to Alexis Bledel.
  13. Episode 1 June
    The Handmaid’s Tale Season-Premiere Recap: Godspeed, June Hulu’s dystopian drama returns with a masterful episode.
  1. Episode 13 Mayday
    The Handmaid’s Tale Season Finale Recap: A Talent for Ruthlessness June’s troubles are, like a woman’s work, never done.
  2. Episode 12 Sacrifice
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Risk Management June may be on the verge of heroics, but are they worth the cost?
  3. Episode 11 Liars
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: The Pen Is Mightier After spinning its wheels for too long, Handmaid’s finally turns June into the warrior woman she’s promised to be so many times.
  4. Episode 10 Witness
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Little Miss Muffin Amid a crackdown in Gilead, June’s relationship with the Lawrences reaches a horrific turning point.
  5. Episode 9 Heroic
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Do No Harm A claustrophobic pseudo-bottle episode pushes June even further down the path of madness — but to what end?
  6. Episode 8 Unfit
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Que Sera Sera What does it mean if our heroine has expanded her hatred and vengeance to include even those who don’t stand directly against her?
  7. Episode 7 Under His Eye
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Keen On an Adventure June’s prowl around Hannah’s fortresslike school is the perfect metaphor for her connection to her daughter at this point.
  8. Episode 6 Household
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Capitol Loss June and the Waterfords’ Washington excursion is equal parts moving spectacle and frustrating plot contrivance.
  9. Episode 5 Unknown Caller
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Baby Mine An episode with none of the physical cruelty this series has become known for manages to tap an even deeper vein of emotional treachery.
  10. Episode 4 God Bless the Child
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: A Real Voice A well-earned and long-time-coming alliance bears immediate fruit for June, but can it last?
  11. Episode 3 Useful
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: The Trolley Problem June’s quest to obtain some high-power allies deepens our understanding of Serena and complicates our feelings about Commander Lawrence.
  12. Episode 2 Mary and Martha
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Martha, May I? When an opportunity lands in June’s lap to ingratiate herself with Mayday’s ragtag group of schemers, she jumps at it.
  13. Episode 1 Night
    The Handmaid’s Tale Season Premiere Recap: Mother Nature Following her baby daughter’s escape to Canada, June displays a new willingness to embrace the other mothers who care for her children.
  1. Episode 10 The Wilderness
    The Handmaid’s Tale Season-Finale Recap: You Can’t Go Home Again Is revenge the only closure June — and we — can hope for at this point?
  2. Episode 9 Progress
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Trade Secrets Information is just flying back-and-forth over that Canadian–Gileadean border.
  3. Episode 8 Testimony
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Halo Effect June fought like hell to get to Canada, but now that she’s there, she may have to sacrifice her most vital relationships in order to enact revenge.
  4. Episode 7 Home
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Do You Understand Me? The first brilliant episode of the season pushes June into new territory and The Handmaid’s Tale into a distinct new phase.
  5. Episode 6 Vows
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat A return-to-form episode frees us from the cycle of catch and release and taps into a far more rewarding emotional tension.
  6. Episode 5 Chicago
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Boulevard of Broken Dreams Of all the streets in all the towns in all the world …
  7. Episode 4 Milk
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Come On, Feel the Illinoise A breather episode moves some pieces around the board and highlights how Janine has sneakily grown into a fitting counterpart to June.
  8. Episode 3 The Crossing
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Engines of Change In an episode that’s about 75 percent straight-up torture, the biggest emotional wrecking ball comes at the very end.
  9. Episode 2 Nightshade
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Saint June Without realizing it, June keeps knocking over long lines of dominoes.
  10. Episode 1 Pigs
  1. Episode 10 Safe
  2. Episode 9 Allegiance
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: The Talented Mr. Lawrence The Commander really steps into his villain suit for this episode, but his endgame remains murky as ever.
  3. Episode 8 Motherland
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: The Dirty Compromise How much personal freedom are you willing to sacrifice in exchange for physical proximity to your child? For June and Serena, pretty much all of it.
  4. Episode 7 No Man’s Land
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Vessels June sure as hell isn’t going to let Serena martyr herself on the altar of womanhood.
  5. Episode 6 Together
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: May They Do Better Than We Did A third-act twist gives us the Thelma and Louise moment we’ve been waiting for.
  6. Episode 5 Fairytale
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Let’s Stay Together A near-perfect episode allows June and Serena to live out their respective fairytales before puncturing them in brutal fashion.
  7. Episode 4 Dear Offred
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: June Fights the Law Everyone deserves a hug and a high five.
  8. Episode 3 Border
    The Handmaid’s Tale Recap: Mayday Plans Ann Dowd gives Elisabeth Moss a run for her money in the face-acting department.
  9. Episode 2 Ballet
  10. Episode 1 Morning
    The Handmaid’s Tale Season-Premiere Recap: By Her Hand How do you solve a problem like Dark June?

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    Elisabeth Moss on Tackling The Handmaid’s Tale From Both Sides of the Camera “I’ve always thought, in a way, that is actually the way a director thinks. I just never realized it.”
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    The Handmaid’s Tale’s Madeline Brewer Thinks We’ve All Underestimated Janine The supposedly delicate handmaid’s first flashback reveals the reserve of inner strength that Janine is starting to tap into.
  10. close reads
    The Continued Cost of June’s Survival The Handmaid’s Tale has turned its protagonist into a bulletproof dream heroine leaving a growing pile of collateral damage in her wake.