The Handmaid's Tale - Season 2, Episode 6 - Rotten Tomatoes

First Blood



Critic Consensus: "First Blood" is an intriguing prologue to the world of Gilead, as well as Serena Joy's key role in bringing it forth.

Episode Info

Offred finds unexpected allies and obstacles in her search for a way to protect Hannah. The Commander prepares for the dedication of a new Red Center. Nick struggles with his new assignment.


Joseph Fiennes
as Commander Fred Waterford
Ann Dowd
as Aunt Lydia
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Critic reviews for First Blood

First Blood advances the storyline in a few major ways, and the push and pull between Serena and June makes their interactions the most complexly layered of the show.

June 13, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The sixth episode of season 2 finally turns the tide on the dour mood (even more than usual) that has overtaken the series for the past few episodes.

May 25, 2018 | Full Review…

The episode title obviously embodies this tragic fact of life in Gilead, but it's rage that takes the forefront. Rage on the part of not only all the female characters on-screen in The Handmaid's Tale, but the writers too.

May 25, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Season 2 has continued to devastate and surprise Hulu's subscribers, and the most recent episode is certainly no exception.

May 25, 2018 | Full Review…

This week, she pushes Serena too far, but finds a surprising ally once more in Fred. I can't image him trusting her again in the slightest after her disappearing act.

June 25, 2018 | Full Review…

This episode goes out to anyone who is a bit scared of public speaking.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

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