The Handmaid’s Tale is Hulu’s hit dystopian series which returned to screens for season five in September. Through the second half of the double-episode premiere, viewers were shocked to see Hannah Bankole (played by Jordana Blake) make an appearance, which actress Elisabeth Moss opened up about.
Fans had been eagerly awaiting the show’s comeback after the season 4 finale saw the shocking death of Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes).
June Osborne (Elizabeth Moss) had rounded up a bunch of ex handmaid’s and beat him to death in No Man’s Lands for the abuse she suffered in his household.
The premiere saw his wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) discover about his death and methods to present him a grand funeral.
As they were in custody for his or her crimes, Fred was seen as a traitor by the opposite commanders in Gilead because he agreed to supply inside information for full immunity.
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In consequence, they’d planned to present Fred a small send-off at an intimate church which surprised Serena because he was considered one of the important thing founders of the totalitarian society.
Nevertheless, she was capable of get Commander Lawrence (Bradley Whitford) on her side and he convinced the others that Fred deserved a grand funeral.
His send-off became a state funeral and grand affair which was broadcast internationally, it was symbolism heavy and had the opposite Commanders and Handmaids in attendance.
In a jaw-dropping turn, Serena accepted flowers from a young girl who turned out to be June’s kidnapped daughter Hannah.
Nevertheless, actress Elisabeth revealed there was a deeper hidden meaning behind Hannah’s cameo.
In an interview, she shared: “From the start, I’ve at all times felt this story was very much about survival — and never only June’s survival, however the seek for survival on the a part of so many characters.
“The search to survive as who you’re, as who you should be, with the alternatives you should make. I find that very moving.
“Whoever it’s, whether it’s Serena or June or Moira (Samira Wiley), it’s at all times about their search to survive as the person who they wish to be.”
Elisabeth continued: “And with June and Serena, they’re attempting to work out who that person is.
I at all times describe this season as June versus Serena, but more to the purpose, it’s June versus Offred (her handmaid name) and Serena versus Mrs. Waterford.
“These are two women who try to work out who they’re on this recent world where they’re each post-Gilead but still feel Gilead pulling at them.
“They’re attempting to be these recent individuals with this supposed newfound freedom, and it’s not that easy. And so they are circling one another of their search,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.
The Handmaid’s Tale continues Wednesdays on Hulu. A UK release date is yet to be announced.