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Critic Consensus: The Handmaid's Tale ends its second season revealing some light at the end of the tunnel, but its final twists might leave viewers concerned for where the show is going.

Episode Info

Serena and the other Wives strive to make change; Emily learns more about her new Commander; Offred faces a difficult decision.

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Critic Reviews for The Word

The Handmaid's Tale strongly wraps a good season that otherwise started to show some stretch marks.

Jul 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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More than that, though, the final plot twist was transparently manufactured, so much so that you can sense how the writer's-room conversations must have gone.

Jul 12, 2018 | Full Review…

The finale muddles the entire story we've heard up to this point... Without some narrative purpose, what is all this for? The suffering, the violence, the rape scenes, the blood, the stoning, the drowning - what is it for?

Jul 12, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The finale may give us another intriguing change of direction, not to mention great new characters like Commander Lawrence, but it's also can't help be somewhat hollow at its core.

Jan 26, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Happily, and there's a word I thought I'd never use in connection with this adaptation of Margaret Atwood's classic novel, those who did not weaken were treated to a doozy of a season finale.

Aug 23, 2018 | Full Review…

An emotional rollercoaster of an episode that showcases the strength, resilience, and determination of motherhood.

Jul 14, 2018 | Full Review…

The plot device of her getting away and coming back can only go so far.

Jul 14, 2018 | Full Review…

If you're still here, The Handmaid's Tale series blog should really reward your long service, because many have fallen by the wayside during this gruelling series.

Aug 30, 2018 | Full Review…

The explanation [of this episode's events] at least makes sense, even if you don't like it.

Jul 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, the finale is full of contradictions and plot holes that leave viewers feeling frustrated, confused, and unfulfilled.

Jul 14, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…