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The Handmaid’s Tale Fans React to That Cliffhanger

"They should have never given us uniforms if they didn't want us to be an army" – June

by | June 15, 2017 | Comments

Elisabeth Moss, Max Minghella in The Handmaid's Tale (George Kraychyk/Hulu)

(Photo by George Kraychyk/Hulu)

The season 1 finale of The Handmaid’s Tale that aired Wednesday left fans deep in their feelings with burning questions and the nagging sense that Margaret Atwood’s dystopian America where women have no rights is uncomfortably plausible in the here and now.

Below are some of Twitter’s best reactions to the season finale.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.


POLITICAL PARALLELS

The Handmaid's Tale (George Kraychyk/Hulu)

(Photo by George Kraychyk/Hulu)

One of the more pervasive themes in Hulu’s adaptation of Atwood’s classic is the idea that the country went to hell right before our eyes. Twitter couldn’t help comparing the plight of Offred (Elisabeth Moss) — formerly “June” — and her fellow Handmaids to the political climate in the U.S. and abroad right now.


As an aside, U.K. viewers, who are a few episodes behind, nevertheless echo that same sentiment.


Beyond political parallels, current events in general have worked to make this episode feel especially, frustratingly timely.


EMOTIONS, TAKING ME OVER

Elisabeth Moss, Max Minghella in The Handmaid's Tale (George Kraychyk/Hulu)

(Photo by George Kraychyk/Hulu)

Politics aside, fans applaud The Handmaid’s Tale for the performances of lead actress Moss and Samira Wiley, who plays Offred’s defiant best friend, Moira. Both women had wide-ranging, emotional stories this week, and, along with several other both empowering and devastating scenes, they’ve led folks to tweet their feelings.


WHAT A LINE

Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes in The Handmaid's Tale (George Kraychyk/Hulu)

(Photo by George Kraychyk/Hulu)

Amid all the torture and suffering the women of Gilead suffered last night were a few choice lines that will undoubtedly make their way into our collective lexicon, at least if Twitter has anything to say about it.


That’s It?!

Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid's Tale (George Kraychyk/Hulu)

(Photo by George Kraychyk/Hulu)

Season 2 has yet to begin production, but fans desperately want it to resolve that killer cliffhanger ending. In the meantime, we can give Atwood’s novel a deep read while we ponder her message for the future.

Have your own thoughts about that finale? Tell us in the comments!

The Handmaid’s Tale season 1 is available to stream on Hulu. 



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