The Handmaid's Tale Season 2



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
Joseph Fiennes
Commander Waterford
Yvonne Strahovski
Serena Joy
Alexis Bledel
Ann Dowd
Aunt Lydia
O.T. Fagbenle
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…