Why June's voiceover in 'The Handmaid's Tale' is the key to its ending
The Handmaid's Tale tests our loyalty in a puzzling season finale You could even argue she's — sigh — staying for Nick. cantankerous relationship with everybody, well, maybe we'll look on it more kindly. . In the book, all we know of Gilead is what Offred can see of it from between the wings of her. This tiny detail in Episode 5 of "The Handmaid's Tale" will send shivers down your spine. Is Offred's relationship with Nick born out of a rebellious mentality, or does she actually have genuine This is a test post with ecom. In episode 8 of Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale," we discover that another Now we get our first flashback of Nick's pre-Gilead life, in which he reveals He nabs some drugs, some hair dye, some pregnancy tests, etc., and in He finds Offred's body—this is the Offred before June, the one who wrote in the.
June is telling her story to someone, somewhere, at some time in the future. And that raises a whole mess of questions we might not even have thought to ask before. How is she even telling her story at all, when she lives in a society that forbids her from either speaking or writing? What does it mean for her survival — and Gilead's?
And what does this tell us about the show's endgame? Who is Offred talking to in the book? But there are important clues. Some speculate that Offred June, her real name on the show, is not confirmed in the book is addressing her husband, Luke, because she refers to falling in love with Nick as "a part you will not like at all.
June is trying to preserve the identities of the faceless, nameless handmaids. Hulu Ultimately, however, Offred herself tells us it's more complicated than that. The first time the "you" is ever used in the book, she explains that she wants to tell her story to us like it's a letter: Dear You, I'll say. Just you, without a name.The Handmaid's Tale -- Nick finds out that June is pregnant -- Season 1 Episode 10
Attaching a name attaches you to the world of fact, which is riskier, more hazardous: I will say you, you, like an old love song. You can mean more than one.
You can mean thousands. I'm not in any immediate danger, I'll say to you. I'll pretend you can hear me. The "you" is neither her husband nor her daughter, because the "you" is Everyone who might hear her account of what happened, if the world survives Gilead.
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If she doesn't survive Gilead. She tells, therefore they are. Throughout the book, Offred constantly worries about telling the story right and remembering the events accurately, especially when it comes to the other handmaids. By the end, you get the sense that this is because she believes this story is all that will survive of her and the other women trapped in Gilead — the only proof that they ever existed or mattered. The really heartbreaking truth behind the "you" is that it's Offred shouting into the void.
Even in the future she's telling her story from, she's not sure anyone will ever hear it. But she tells it anyway, as an ultimate act of defiance against Gilead.
She refuses to let the identities of the women they tried to erase be forgotten. Which leads us to the even more existential question embedded in that narration. How are we hearing her story at all?
Both the book and the show often remind us that women are forbidden from reading and writing in Gilead, precisely to prevent their stories from being either heard or remembered. Offred before we even know her name is June at the beginning of Season 1.
Hulu So how does Offred manage to tell her story? Well, the book gives a clear answer to this one — and all signs point to the show ramping up to the same reveal. After the final chapter of Offred's story in the book, we read an epilogue set several centuries in the future at an academic conference of historians discussing the fall of Gilead.
It's revealed that the handmaid's tale we just read was originally discovered as a set of audio cassette tapes, hidden in a location on the underground railroad that smuggled women out of the country.
The Hulu adaptation even nods to the fact that we're listening to cassette tapes in the very first episode of Season 1. Right before June's voice-over begins, you can hear a loud "click.
What this means for June's survival on the show But what the novel's epilogue doesn't answer is whether or not Offred survived after recording her story. Imagine all the stories lost among these handmaids. Hulu The historian that discovered the tapes couldn't identify her real name. Without a DNA test, there's no telling which one of these two men got her pregnant.
It was implied many times that Waterford could be sterile, but the fact remains that this child could have been conceived from rape instead of love — or whatever June and Nick have — meaning that June may not actually want to have this baby. Her options to terminate may be limited in Gilead, but does that mean the thought won't cross her mind in Season 2?
Does she want this child to be born in this world? Does she want this child to be raised in Gilead? This child is also going to get taken away from her regardless, if she can't get the baby out. So that's very, very complicated.
Then again, does she love Nick? Is that something that might actually be her future and so this would be their child together? That's very complicated as well. Even in the real world today, the topic of a rape victim terminating a child conceived from an assault is a hot topic of discussion.
George Kraychyk, Hulu According to executive producer Bruce Miller, that issue is something they considered for Season 2, but it doesn't sound like it will be fully explored in Season 2.
So you have to take into account that backstory and how it would affect the way she thinks about things.