The Handmaid's Tale - Season 1, Episode 3 - Rotten Tomatoes


Critic Consensus: "Late" lingers long after the credits roll thanks to a gut-wrenching, heartbreaking performance from Alexis Bledel.

Episode Info

Offred visits Janine's baby with Serena Joy and remembers the early days of the revolution before Gilead. Ofglen faces a difficult challenge.


Joseph Fiennes
as Commander Fred Waterford
Ann Dowd
as Aunt Lydia
View All

Late Photos

Critic reviews for Late

Has there been a science fiction dystopia less inimical to pulpy escapism than that conjured by this adaptation of Margaret Atwood's cult novel?

September 18, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Oh gods, The Handmaid's Tale. You went there. The way actress Alexis Bledel conveyed her horror was simply breathtaking.

July 18, 2018 | Full Review…

It's hard to watch this episode and not think about every "We all let Trump happen" tweet.

July 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Even through all the sexism and control, women connect with each other, and the show's biggest strength is in how those relationships are cultivated.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Of all the dark things that happen during these first three episodes, nothing put an actual chill in my spine quite like this voiceover in episode three

September 29, 2017 | Full Review…

At this point in the series, I have to doff my wimple to writer Bruce Miller who has employed such economy in the dialogue it's like every word comes carefully wrapped and placed in the scene. The most quietly savage episode yet.

September 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Handmaid's Tale on our TV talk forum!