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The Handmaid's Tale Season 2



Critic Ratings: 24
Critics Consensus

The Handmaid's Tale ends its second season revealing some light at the end of the tunnel, but its final twists might leave viewers concerned for where the show is going.

Episode Info

Serena and the other Wives strive to make change; Emily learns more about her new Commander; Offred faces a difficult decision.

Cast & Crew

Elisabeth Moss
Joseph Fiennes
Commander Waterford
Yvonne Strahovski
Serena Joy
Alexis Bledel
Ann Dowd
Aunt Lydia
O.T. Fagbenle
Ever Carradine
Naomi Putnam
Stephen Kunken
Warren Putnam
Julie Dretzin
Eleanor Lawrence
David Tompa
Mr. Spencer
Birgitte Solem
Putnam Martha
Dr. Bruce Miller
Dr. Bruce Miller
Daniel Wilson
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The Handmaid's Tale strongly wraps a good season that otherwise started to show some stretch marks.

Jul 13, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

More than that, though, the final plot twist was transparently manufactured, so much so that you can sense how the writer's-room conversations must have gone.

Jul 11, 2018 | Full Review…

The finale muddles the entire story we've heard up to this point... Without some narrative purpose, what is all this for? The suffering, the violence, the rape scenes, the blood, the stoning, the drowning - what is it for?

Jul 11, 2018 | Full Review…

If you're still here, The Handmaid's Tale series blog should really reward your long service, because many have fallen by the wayside during this gruelling series.

Aug 29, 2018 | Full Review…

It was pretty good to see Fred finally get a good smack in the face. More of that in season three, please.

Jan 2, 2020 | Full Review…

The finale may give us another intriguing change of direction, not to mention great new characters like Commander Lawrence, but it's also can't help be somewhat hollow at its core.

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

Happily, and there's a word I thought I'd never use in connection with this adaptation of Margaret Atwood's classic novel, those who did not weaken were treated to a doozy of a season finale.

Aug 22, 2018 | Full Review…

An emotional rollercoaster of an episode that showcases the strength, resilience, and determination of motherhood.

Jul 13, 2018 | Full Review…

The plot device of her getting away and coming back can only go so far.

Jul 13, 2018 | Full Review…

The explanation [of this episode's events] at least makes sense, even if you don't like it.

Jul 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, the finale is full of contradictions and plot holes that leave viewers feeling frustrated, confused, and unfulfilled.

Jul 13, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Glass is the connective tissue of the episode -- we even get a very, very brutal example of what women have long known as the glass ceiling.

Jul 13, 2018 | Full Review…