The Handmaid's Tale (2017– )
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Serena and the other Wives strive to make change; Emily learns more about her new Commander; Offred faces a difficult decision.


Mike Barker


Bruce Miller (created by), Bruce Miller (teleplay by)





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Elisabeth Moss ... June Osborne
Joseph Fiennes ... Fred Waterford
Yvonne Strahovski ... Serena Joy Waterford
Alexis Bledel ... Emily Malek
Madeline Brewer ... Janine Lindo
Amanda Brugel ... Rita
Ann Dowd ... Aunt Lydia Clements
Max Minghella ... Nick Blaine
O-T Fagbenle ... Luke Bankole
Bradley Whitford ... Joseph Lawrence
Ever Carradine ... Naomi Putnam
Stephen Kunken ... Warren Putnam
Julie Dretzin ... Eleanor Lawrence
David Tompa ... Mr. Spencer
Birgitte Solem ... Putnam Martha


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

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller


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Release Date:

11 July 2018 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


For the first time in the whole series there is a map shown of the political situation in Gilead. This map shows the main area of Gilead, or the area occupied and governed by the Gilead regime colored blue. Other areas are colored yellow, perhaps these are the Colonies of Gilead. There are other areas colored a light red shade; areas possibly disputed between Gilead and the US Government. It is also noticed that many large areas of the southern and western coastline, and the frontier with Canada are colored dark red. These might be areas that are liberated by the US Government. Finally this map shows where is the location of the nuclear wastelands. See more »


June Osborne: They drowned her. In a swimming pool.
Janine Lindo: She died for love.
June Osborne: I found a book. It was hidden in her things. A Bible.
Janine Lindo: Wow. Brave.
June Osborne: Yeah, she was.
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One Star for the Whole Season
14 July 2018 | by presto211See all my reviews

Season One was really great, but this whole second season - which aims to show the events taking place between the end of the narrative of the book (which basically is what Season One was) and the book's epilogue which takes place several years after the end of that story - is a frustrating, shallowly predictable, and stupid mess of a disaster. The story arcs and writing feel like they were designed and executed by junior high students, and the whole season felt like its only purpose was to keep the series going. I feel insulted by this ridiculous display and can't believe the number of good reviews the episodes of this hot mess of a season got. Season 3? No thank you.

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