The Handmaid's Tale (2018)


Season 2
The Handmaid's Tale

Critics Consensus

Beautifully shot but dishearteningly relevant, The Handmaid's Tale centers its sophomore season tightly around its compelling cast of characters, making room for broader social commentary through more intimate lenses.

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Critic Ratings: 341

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Episodes

Air date: Apr 25, 2018

Offred reckons with the consequences of a dangerous decision while haunted by memories from her past and the violent beginnings of Gilead.

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Air date: Apr 25, 2018

Offred adjusts to a new way of life; the arrival of an unexpected person disrupts the colonies; a family is torn apart by the rise of Gilead.

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Air date: May 2, 2018

Offred reflects on her relationship with her mother as she navigates her way through Gilead; in Little America, Moira tries to cope with the trauma she endured.

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Air date: May 9, 2018

A baby shower provokes a troubling shift in Offred's relationship with Serena Joy; Offred reckons with the choice she made that led her to become a Handmaid.

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Air date: May 16, 2018

Offred spirals as a Gilead ceremony disrupts her relationship with Nick; Janine tries to adjust to life in the colonies, jeopardizing her friendship with Emily.

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Air date: May 23, 2018

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.

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Air date: May 30, 2018

In order to protect her family, Serena Joy makes a dangerous choice; Moira searches for someone from her past.

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Air date: Jun 6, 2018

A sick baby tests Offred and Serena; Janine finally faces Naomi.

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Air date: Jun 13, 2018

The Waterfords embark on a diplomatic trip abroad; Serena faces the temptation of life outside Gilead; Luke and Moira grapple with survivor's guilt; Offred seeks support from allies.

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Air date: Jun 20, 2018

A frustrated Serena becomes desperate; the Commander tries to make amends with Offred; Nick pushes Eden farther away; Offred is faced with an unexpected reunion.

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Offred

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Joseph Fiennes
Commander Waterford

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Yvonne Strahovski
Serena Joy

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Ann Dowd
Aunt Lydia

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Samira Wiley
Moira

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O.T. Fagbenle
Luke

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Alexis Bledel
Ofglen

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Madeline Brewer
Janine

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Bahia Watson
Brianna

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Jenessa Grant
Dolores

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Nina Kiri
Alma

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Ever Carradine
Naomi Putnam

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Stephen Kunken
Warren Putnam

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Sydney Sweeney
Eden Spencer

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Robert Curtis Brown
Andrew Pryce

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Greg Bryk
Ray Cushing

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Rohan Mead
Isaac

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Soo Garay
Fiona

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Bruce Miller
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Warren Littlefield
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Daniel Wilson
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Fran Sears
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Ilene Chaiken
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Elisabeth Moss
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Critic Reviews for The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2

Audience Reviews for The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2

  • 3d ago
    The imaginary dystopian world centered on the Republic of Gilead is something truly "different" at a time when the streaming networks are loaded with series based in post-apocalyptic worlds. The series is original in the landscape of the period. A technical performance, the acting & the aesthetics seems promising.
  • Jan 13, 2023
    I have been hooked since the very start and still going. Every episode is so emotional! A times I have had to pause as it was just so tense. Superb acting by everyone. By far the best program I've seen.
  • Aug 21, 2022
    Season 2 built on season 1. Not as good but still very strong.
  • Jul 11, 2022
    I'm most of the way through season 2 (late to the game), and it's definitely enjoyable, but it's not without problems for sure. The cast is incredible, and the story and cinematography are incredibly well done. My biggest problem with the show is that it spends far too much time delivering each scene as the camera stares at a closeup of a character who may or may not be delivering a line. It's as if the director is trying to force drama on the viewer when the situation is dramatic enough. The actors seem forced to over-emote to make a point that's already made. They also whisper their lines in places where it's entirely unnecessary. I'm also finding more and more situations in season 2 which aren't very believable. SPOILERS AHEAD. For example, how was a handmaid able to get the materials to make a bomb when they basically aren't allowed out of anyone's sight? How does everyone on the show appear to fear for their lives, but then do things they could, and should, be so easily be caught for? How is it that the Canadians' feelings about Gilead turn so quickly after the letters come to light, but they already have multiple people who lived through the killings and rapes and now live IN CANADA who have been able to tell their story all along? Did they not interview or listen to them? I like the story, but it could definitely be better.
  • Jul 04, 2022
    Some nice new twists in season 2. Not as fresh in concept as season 1 but even darked and the cast move forward with it.
  • Jun 11, 2022
    One of the greatest, most intriguing and actually as wierd as is it sound more and more realistic one with each season! Amazing cast and performance by everyone, greatly developed scripts bases on the books, each season is just getting better and better to watch...So many good performances that the show deserves all the awards for each new season that is comes out!
  • May 18, 2022
    It's heavy but was hard for me to stop watching. I finally realized a year after watching...we have something like this now. It looks different. Our handmaidens are sex trafficking victims and survivors. And with the meth epidemic is it maybe getting worse? And where do they go? Who helps them? When your label means you are meant to be a sex slave who helps you? I called the national trafficking hotline for help. No help. I've talked to dozens of advocates for help. Some get it. Some are heavily biased, ignorant, and don't get it even though it's their job to get it. Law enforcement? Some care that's clear. But systematically you overall get treated like a bad dog when you seek help. Just my experience The system to help you in this country when your right to say no has been systematically denied by men who think you are a sex toy not a human, is marginally better than in this series. Where's the help?
  • May 13, 2022
    Great TV seriesand continues to be amazing into season two.
  • Jan 30, 2022
    Some scenes take very long and it takes the speed out of the episode. Maybe it's for creating a dramatic effect, but for me it takes too long. However you keep being curious where the storyline is going and how the serie will end, so you keep on watching.
  • Jan 30, 2022
    This show feels like a braindead constant loop. The first season was enticing - but by the second season I found myself googling 'Does Offred ever escape?'. It's just the same hot mess recycled each episode.

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