Critic Consensus: "A Woman's Place" gives necessary narrative depth to Serena Joy, brilliantly brought to life by Yvonne Strahovski.
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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).
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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.
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Serena Joy's flashbacks this episode were fascinating, as she went from an extreme conservative writer to a wife of Gilead.
"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.
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