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With only two episodes left this season it might be too far in to stop, but it's worth discussing what the intent is of making The Handmaid's Tale such a hard watch. What are we learning here that can affect the real world?
There's just so much here that doesn't make sense to me. I was willing to turn a blind eye (hello Janine) to much of it but after that ending, I'm sorry. My suspension of disbelief is officially suspended.
Rather than hitting notes of triumph that inevitably ring false, these latest chapters lean into the all-consuming anguish. It follows through on the logical implications of its premise-but also raises a critical question about its direction.
Hulu released two episodes to start, and will introduce a new one each week through mid-July. All I can say is, thank goodness! As much as I admire the series, it is terribly difficult to watch. In fact, the second season seems even darker than the first.
Even the moments you dare to hope for, well, hope in the bleak, blue-toned powder keg that is Gilead, it's impossible to shake the feeling one wrong move, one wrong breath, might incite catastrophic doom. It's both terrifying and riveting.
"More of the same" sounds like a pejorative description but, when it's applied to a series that won two Golden Globe awards and received universal acclaim for its first season, it is in fact the highest compliment.
These specific references are a bit jarring, but it doesn't mean this season isn't great-it very much is. It's just different, and it can't hurt going in with a separate set of expectations from the original season.