The Handmaid's Tale - Season 1, Episode 7 - Rotten Tomatoes

The Other Side



Critic Consensus: "The Other Side" proves the world of The Handmaid's Tale is ripe with stories to tell -- though for some the deviation from Offred may prove more frustrating than fruitful.

Episode Info

Remembering her family's treacherous escape attempt, a shocking revelation from life before Gilead provides a new perspective on Offred's life.


Joseph Fiennes
as Commander Fred Waterford
Ann Dowd
as Aunt Lydia
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Critic reviews for The Other Side

This was an uncharacteristically action-packed episode, with the emotional catharsis provided by the final scene.

September 21, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Because the episode is only concerned with Luke's survival - will he or won't he live - it has no real tension. "The Other Side" was borderline dull.

June 5, 2018 | Full Review…

So much of The Other Side plays like a watered-down Children of Men, with Luke and June, and later Luke and his ragtag group of rebels, on the run in a dystopia that feels relatively generic.

September 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Outside the politics of Gilead and (obviously) tied to June, we can root for Luke in a way we can't for any other male character.

September 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Having seen this episode, all I can say is I've never been more grateful for my dual citizenship. Good job, mom and dad.

September 21, 2017 | Full Review…

This is an episode that seemingly hopes to prove that The Handmaid's Tale can step away from the Commander's house for an hour and still find stories to tell. Does it succeed in that? Sure.

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

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