The Biggest OMG Moments From ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 5 So Far
It feels like an eternity since we’ve had new episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale, and, well, it’s been almost a year and a half so that’s basically the same thing! But after such a long wait we’ve finally been rewarded, because season 5 is officially here and there’s already so much has happened already. Season 4 left us off with the kinda brutal (and by that I mean VERY brutal) murder of Fred Waterford, and it seems like season 5 took that energy and just ran with it because these first few episodes were nothing short of a dramatic, chaotic, vengeful mess.
Whether you’ve already watched the new episodes and need a debrief of everything you just witnessed, or are simply looking to get your hands on some spoilers to prep yourself before taking the episodes in, here are the most jaw-dropping moments from season 5 so far.
Season 5, Episode 1: “Morning”
Fred is still dead!!
Praise be! June makes it back home after literally tearing Fred apart at the end of last season, but before she can even wash the blood off of her, she hops back in the car heading off to god knows where, freaking the sh*t out of Luke and Moira. Turns out she went to join the other ex-handmaids that helped kill Fred for some pancakes and uh, sharing of guns? Things get heated as the other women say they want to get revenge on their Giladean abusers, but June doesn’t seem to want to be a part of it.
Umm, Nick is now married??!
So, turns out Nick has a new wife, ‘cause as you might recall, his first one didn’t last very long (RIP Eden!). What’s even more surprising is that his wife seems to know about June and is totally ok with Nick helping her.
Serena gets rushed away to safety.
After it’s discovered that Freddie boy is no more, Serena is put in handcuffs and hurried off to a safe house. And in the midst of this, she’s bluntly told that her husband has been killed. At the safe house, Serena-sympathizer Mark Tuello tells her exactly what happened to Fred, including the fact that his ring finger had been cut off and mailed to her. As gross as that is, it makes it very clear to Serena that June, not Gilead, is responsible for his murder.
Emily has gone back to Gilead.
June heads over to Emily’s house to see her but the only person there is Emily’s wife, Sylvia, who drops the MAJOR bomb that Emily has voluntarily gone back to Gilead to fight and to possibly try to find her mortal enemy Aunt Lydia. Innnteresting.
June (finally) tries to come clean.
After trying to literally come clean by scrubbing off the all blood she’d been smearing around town all morning, June heads on down to a Toronto police station to turn herself in for Fred’s murder. But since the murder happened in No Man’s Land, which isn’t technically part of Canada, it’s of no concern to Canadian police and June is free to go (apart from having to pay a fine for putting a human finger in the mail).
Fred’s body is shredded.
And not in a good way. Serena goes to the morgue to see her husband and he straight up looks like he was attacked by a rabid bear. This is also where she learns that June isn’t going to get in any trouble for it and will remain a free woman, which clearly terrifies her.
Serena’s support is growing in Canada.
As she comes out of the morgue, there’s a surprisingly large candlelit vigil there to support Serena. The Canadians in it are just throwing out “praise be” and “under his eye,” totally naive to the actual monstrosities of the Gilead they’re supporting. This is also where Serena reveals she’ll be leaving Canada to go give Fred a proper funeral in Gilead.
Season 5, Episode 2: “Ballet”
June wants to kill Serena.
Like, really badly. After laying awake in bed, thinking about all of the traumatic, abusive B.S. that Serena has put her through, June goes and buries her gun in the yard for safekeeping. Then, later, when Rita is over at her house, June can’t stop talking about all the horrendous stuff Serena did to Rita. After that, she tells Luke about sending the finger to Serena and he tells her she needs to stop obsessing over Serena so that she can be there for her family.
Serena makes her grand return to Gilead.
Arriving in a private jet, Serena struts her way off the plane as if she’s the damn queen of Gilead. But she quickly learns that the funeral Gilead has in mind for Fred is, er, a lot less spectacular than what she wanted. Turns out they’re not big fans of Fred either.
Aunt Lydia is back on her B.S.
She’s rounded up her “girls” and brings them to Fred’s wake to show off to commanders in need of a handmaid. Oh, and she’s already planning on placing Esther with Commander Putnam and leaves her alone with him in his office where things get, um, extremely creepy.
Serena gets Fred an over-the-top funeral ft. Hannah.
Framing it as a way to connect with the outside world and bring them into Gilead, Serena pitches the commanders on the idea of giving Fred a grand funeral and airing it on TV. They eventually get on board and what ensues is the most wild, performative funeral you’ve ever seen. Serena is in what looks like an all-black wedding fit, veil and all, and she’s accompanied by a procession of commanders, handmaids, and a group of young girls that includes June and Luke’s daughter Hannah.
The girls are all in a purple color that we’ve never seen before (intrigue!), and Hannah just-so-happens to be chosen to give Serena a bouquet of flowers and Serena, in return, kisses her on the forehead. Knowing that June will see this (which she does, on the massive screens in Yonge-Dundas Square) it’s clearly an attempt to get back at June and make her feel some pain.
A murder-suicide by poisoned chocolate.
Young, scared, and angry Esther is not about to get sent away to the Putnams, so what does she do? Poison some chocolate truffles, of course. She gives one to Janine (who she blames for helping to arrange the Putnam situation) and takes one herself. They both fall to the floor and cough up a disgusting amount of blood that it doesn’t look like there’s any coming back from.
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