The following article includes spoilers for Season 4 of The Handmaid's Tale as well as discussions of sexual assault.
The Handmaids Tale's fourth season had its most intense conclusion ever, with June (Elisabeth Moss) and the handmaids attempting to retaliate against Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes). Fans are eager with anticipation for the upcoming all-out war between June and Serena (Yvonne Strahovski).
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Multiple overarching narratives have been explored throughout the series: Junes' survival in Gilead, Serenas' ever-changing motives, and Nicks' (Max Minghella)'s experience traversing the Gileadean ranks. However, with a premise as complex as this, it can be difficult to grasp full insight into each individual narrative.
For Karma To Knock On Serena's Door
Serena's mistakes are numerous and varied. Gilead's philosophy manifested in her book, A Womans Place, which encouraged a woman's biological destiny to raise children and give up her professional life. From there, the Sons of Jacob exploited her knowledge as a solution to the infertility problem.
Serena began to abhor June's ability to have children, both because of her obvious dislike for Fred's handmaid labor. At the height of her brutality, Serena encouraged Fred to rape June in hopes of instilling the baby's birth early. At the conclusion of season 4, Serena was heavily pregnant, unaware of Fred's murder. Fans are hoping for Serena to receive some sort of comeuppance as she is considered the most terrible villain in The Handmaid's
For Nick To Have More Screentime
Nick Blaine, the most indiscreet character in the series, is involved in a lot of the shows' narratives: June/Nick/Luke, the Mayday resistance movement, the Commander system, and the Gileadean military. However, Nick's past and current status is still largely unknown in the series.
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Season 5 will feasibly answer some of these questions, although how detailed his character development goes isn't clear. Nicks character is mostly behind-the-scenes, with his only conversations stemming from his little interactions with June. To complicate his vague persona, viewers are still kept in the dark about his true desires: does he want to leave Gilead and destroy it in the process?
For Hannah And June To Reunite
The Handmaids Tale's main plot is the journey to reunite Hannah (Jordana Blake) with June and Luke (O-T Fagbenle), after years of separation during the Gileadean takeover. June has been forced to witness the indoctrination take place inside her daughter, who, during their final meeting, is averse to June and is unable to remember her.
Hannah has been moved to Colorado Springs where she studies in a domestic arts school, and her name has been changed to Agnes MacKenzie by her adoptive parents; the reunion is largely dependent on the connection between the The Handmaids Tale series and Hulus' sequel novel, The Testaments; for Hannahs fate is explored in the latter fifteen years from season 1.
For Janine And Esther To Cause Havoc
Janine (Madeline Brewer) and June are recaptured at the Rachel and Leah Center during the final season of the season 4, despite Lydia's manipulation. Janine is no longer a victim of Lydia's manipulation, never believing her when she claims that June's actions were her fault.
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Janine meets Esther (Mckenna Grace), who is being punished for her refusal of food, and persuades her to give up for the means of her survival. Fans are anticipating big things from the women in retaliation for Gilead's mistreatment.
For June To Choose Her Lover
June's love conflict, in which she has a past with her husband Luke, and a connection with Nick through their misfortune in Gilead, is a major concern Handmaid's Tale fans continue to have. The conflict also resides in Nick's secret wife, appointed to him as a Commander, and Luke's apparent disjunction between the actual trauma June has suffered and how she should approach it.
Nick is stationed in Chicago as a military personnel, and Luke is raising Nicole in Canada. June's primary goal has followed with vengeance on Gilead and working toward the release of her daughter, Hannah. Eventually, viewers want June to meet her long-lost lover, and are continually divided into Team Nick and Team Luke.
For Aunt Lydia To Redeem Herself
Lydia's life prior to Gilead was revealed in Season 4, revealing her nurturing side; one that she seeks to emulate in her position over the handmaids, but fails due to her harsh treatment and fear of the women's subordination. Her empathy toward characters like Janine conflicts with her own Gileadean system and, as an extension, her desire for power.
Many fans anticipate a redemption arc in season 5, owing to her apparent alliance with misfit Joseph Lawrence (Bradley Whitford), which might result in Gilead being defeated from the inside using their positions of power. This assumption is also rooted in the narrative of The Testaments novel, in which Aunt Lydia is a main character.
Seasons of 'The Handmaid's Tale', ranked from Worst to Best