The Handmaid's Tale - Season 1, Episode 6 - Rotten Tomatoes

A Woman's Place



Critic Consensus: "A Woman's Place" gives necessary narrative depth to Serena Joy, brilliantly brought to life by Yvonne Strahovski.

Episode Info

Mexican Ambassador visiting Gilead questions Offred about her life as a Handmaid. Serena Joy reflects on her marriage and the role she once played in Gilead's inception.


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

A Woman's Place Photos

Critic reviews for A Woman's Place

One of the briskest and most illuminating episodes yet delved into the backstory of Offred's tormentor-in-chief, Lady Serena Joy (a torturously self-contained Yvonne Strahovski).

September 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Until now, The Handmaid's Tale has offered up a retro dystopia, with a world so small you can hardly breathe.

July 3, 2018 | Full Review…

It was great to see the evolution of the character Serena. It was even better to see actress finally show a range of emotion, besides every color of the fury rainbow.

June 5, 2018 | Full Review…

In every episode of The Handmaid's Tale, there's at least one shot so visually rich that it's actually breathtaking

September 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Serena Joy's flashbacks this episode were fascinating, as she went from an extreme conservative writer to a wife of Gilead.

September 21, 2017 | Full Review…

"A Woman's Place," artfully directed by Floria Sigismondi, manages the rather delicate trick of coaxing its audience into a position of empathy before offering an ever-so-gentle condemnation of the very character we've just gotten to know.

September 21, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Discussion Forum

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