The Handmaid's Tale Season 2



Critic Ratings: 17
Critics Consensus

"After" weaves various storylines beautifully in a bleak climate that turns strangely hopeful, with a standout performance by a featured character.

Episode Info

An incident sends shockwaves through both Gilead and Little America. Serena Joy makes a dangerous choice in order to protect her family. Moira searches for someone from her past.

Cast & Crew

Elisabeth Moss
Joseph Fiennes
Commander Waterford
Yvonne Strahovski
Serena Joy
Alexis Bledel
Ann Dowd
Aunt Lydia
O.T. Fagbenle
Greg Bryk
Ray Cushing
Stephen Kunken
Warren Putnam
Sydney Sweeney
Eden Spencer
Dr. Bruce Miller
Dr. Bruce Miller
Daniel Wilson
Ilene Chaiken
Lynn Renee Maxcy
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Critic Reviews for After

If you had given up on The Handmaid's Tale, my strong hunch is that now may be a good time to start watching again. Revolution is in the air.

Jul 6, 2018 | Full Review…

I like how Eden's enthusiasm, despite her loveless marriage, is a source of major eye-roll to Offred.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

As The Handmaid's Tale stops to recalibrate itself before heading into the home stretch, it stumbles a little, weaving its many threads together in a way that's somewhat satisfying, impeccably acted, and beautifully filmed, but frustratingly lightweight.

May 31, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Last week, I wondered if the bombing would make things better or worse for the oppressed people of Gilead. To its credit, "The Handmaid's Tale" envisions a more complicated outcome.

May 31, 2018 | Full Review…

The Handmaid's Tale has an uncanny ability to conjure up shots so bleak and yet so beautiful.

May 31, 2018 | Full Review…

[Serena's] character gets more interesting by the day.

Jan 8, 2020 | Full Review…

[The Handmaid's Tale] sparks a kind of quiet revolution.

Jan 25, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

In an otherwise incredibly empowering episode of The Handmaid's Tale, Moira is reduced to a woman defined by her reproductive choices.

Jun 13, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

As glimmers of hope increasingly threaten to crack through the oppressive atmosphere that dominates The Handmaid's Tale, we see the scales of power begin to tip.

Jun 4, 2018 | Full Review…

So: The eternal mud-wrestling match between Offred and Serena would appear, at first, to be ended, or at least suspended, or at least different.

May 31, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

[Samira] Wiley has been consistently brilliant in the role, but this week, she utterly broke me.

May 31, 2018 | Full Review…

We see instances of friendship throughout the episode - from June and Emily to, perhaps, June and Serena.

May 30, 2018 | Full Review…