A religion-based autocracy has taken over most of the United States, renaming the country Gilead. In this country women are second-class citizens. Anyone trying to escape is punished. One such person is June, who is captured while trying to escape with her husband and child and is sentenced to be a handmaid, bearing children for childless government officials. As a handmaid, June is renamed Offred. This is her story.
Know the lies behind their laws. (Season 1)
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In an April 2018 interview with "Salon"'s Mary Elizabeth Williams, Amanda Brugel (Rita) said that as the self-described "lone Canadian in the cast," the book changed her life long before she won a role in the show. She was assigned Margaret Atwood's novel as a 15-year-old high school student and subsequently wrote some short stories based on it. Later she wrote her university application thesis on the novel and received a full scholarship on that basis. Brugel said that the main focus of that university application essay was Rita, the character she now plays on the show. See more
When both Aunt Lydia and June refer to June as an adulteress, that's incorrect. To be an adulteress, June would have to be married and her character is not. See more
Hey, that shit is contagious. You want to see your baby girl again? Then you need to keep your fucking shit together.