June
The Handmaid's Tale Season 2

95%

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Critic Ratings: 21
Critics Consensus

Not for the faint of heart, "June" starts off the sophomore season of The Handmaid's Tale with a poignant gut-punch of shock while flaunting a masterful lead performance.

Episode Info

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

Cast & Crew

Elisabeth Moss
Offred/June
Joseph Fiennes
Commander Waterford
Yvonne Strahovski
Serena Joy
Alexis Bledel
Ofglen/Emily
Ann Dowd
Aunt Lydia
O.T. Fagbenle
Luke
Marisa Tomei
Mrs. O'Conner
Dr. Bruce Miller
Dr. Bruce Miller
Daniel Wilson
Ilene Chaiken
Dr. Bruce Miller
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Critic Reviews for June

This episode reads a solid 10 on the grimness scale, with one being a bit of shouting and 10 being all-out mental and physical brutality.

May 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Fingers were crossed a good minute into the second series until, from within the van ferrying Offred perhaps to liberty, the telltale sound of barking dogs announced a darker destination.

May 21, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

"June" is a shock to the system for the viewers and the characters alike.

Apr 25, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It's got to be said here, that with her first, silent minutes of season two - Offred still hasn't said a word - that Elisabeth Moss fully confirms that her wide-ranging mastery of the role is about to be repeated, and perhaps bested.

Apr 25, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The show didn't pull any punches.

Jan 7, 2020 | Full Review…

As always, the acute feelings of both hope and misery hinge on the incredible talents of Elisabeth Moss.

Jan 14, 2019 | Full Review…

I cannot explain to you how my skin crawled when it hit me wtf was going down. Dozens of nooses, fam.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Rebellious, petulant June is more in line with the go-girl feminism that this show is so fond of, and already feels less tonally dissonant than the first season.

May 25, 2018 | Full Review…

This show could also be called June Looks Powerfully Into The Camera. Elisabeth Moss manages to convey so much in her piercing looks.

Apr 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Even more of the action seems to happen within Moss' expressive face, but the producers do a good job keeping the all-too-conceivable horror going in this well-wrought cautionary tale.

Apr 25, 2018 | Full Review…

It transits from a bit much to strangely poignant to making you want to curl up in a ball and sob as the close shots move from panicked face to face and always back to Offred's, eyes lifted in -- what? Prayer? Resignation? Terror? Remorse? Relief?

Apr 25, 2018 | Rating: 8.9/10 | Full Review…

It's shocking stuff, and just one of many scenes that you will watch through your hands.

Apr 30, 2018 | Full Review…