The third season of The Handmaid’s Tale is underway, with five out of thirteen episodes having been made available for streaming within three weeks since its premiere date. If you have followed this series through season one and two, you must have notice the change not only the pace, focal preoccupation and general atmosphere but also in the characters. This is because after two seasons, the series writers have decided that it’s time to prepare Gilead and its spectators for an upheaval. Put simply: we are on the road to a revolution.
The oppressed are shown to be tightening up and becoming more devious and conspiratorial by every minute, while the oppressors have become somewhat lax and permissive. What makes these powerful men of Gilead less brutal in these days succeeding an escape of a handmaid and the “kidnapping” of a baby?
While investigations into those events are ongoing and certain punishments are being meted out, one can’t help but notice that the handmaids aka the baby-making machines are not held to strict rules as they used to. Is there a plan to it? Are they strategically trying to fish out dissidents? June also, is receiving far too much preferential treatment, assuming the role of the leader of the looming revolution. She is favored by her new Commander, she get unhindered access to both Serena and Commandant Fred. She even negotiates on their behalves as a middlewoman!
Whatever the case may be in the coming episodes, we know two things. One, the revolution is near (and it will (not) be televised! ☺). And two, it is going to be messy. People will be caught. People will die. But the networks will be reformed and tightened because that’s what a revolution entails. We’ll definitely love to see Gilead taken over and brought down to its knees. But we’ll also anticipate the bumps on this dangerous road to revolution.
All released episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale stream on Hulu.