[There are major spoilers ahead for the Handmaid’s Tale season 3 finale. If you haven’t watched it yet, what are you even doing here? Get your butt over to Hulu already!]
Throughout the three seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale, June has made some seriously dumb decisions. There was that one time she got a Martha killed, for example. There was that other time she tried to stab Serena Joy… in a hospital. And there was that OTHER time she got that family murdered because she stayed with them while plotting her escape. The girl has f*cked up a lot, leaving bodies in her wake as she goes.
But maybe the most on-brand/stupid June decision of all time came at the end of season three, when she, yet again, decided to stay in Gilead when she could have gotten out. In the finale, she had the opportunity to board the plane with all the children, but she instead went to distract some guards, putting her own life at risk along with the women who felt compelled to follow her.
Look, I know June is attached to finding her daughter Hannah, and she thinks she can’t leave Gilead without her. I get it. But this is literally the fourth time we have seen this same exact thing happen.
Let me refresh your memory really quick.
- Instance number one: She could have fled with Emily and baby Nichole, but she let the truck drive away without her.
- Number two: When Commander Lawrence gave her the chance to catch up with Emily and Nichole and cross the border, she declined.
- Three: While negotiating with the Swiss to secure safety for Nichole, she could have at least tried to make a deal for herself, but nope.
- And lastly: The season three finale.
Not only is it infuriating to watch June as a character make the same mistake over and over again, but it’s annoying as a viewer to see the Handmaid’s writers employ the same plot device for the fourth time. It’s not so much of a twist anymore as it is a reason to groan.
It wouldn’t have been hard for this to go differently. Follow me on this hypothetical journey. What if June had gotten on the plane and made it to Canada? Not only would she have been reunited with Luke, Nichole, Moira and Emily, but bringing 50 kids to safety would have given her major leverage. The Canadians and Americans would have probably been willing to help her track down Hannah from the outside.
Even if those two countries couldn’t bring Hannah back (for political reasons), June could have gotten her location and then snuck back into Gilead to rescue her. That could have been the entire season four plot. Me to Hulu right now:
This show does a lot of things right, but in season four, I’m looking for some new ideas. This twist worked the first time, but it certainly won’t work the fifth.