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This week's Grime, Creepy Handmaid story, Gilead Rolls Out is his haunting ritual to date



Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) participates in another strange Gilead ritual.
Photo: George Kraychyk (Hulu)

Pregnant, imprisoned and with a deeply broken mind, after nearly tasting freedom, readily answers "offred" pressures through this Handmaid's Tale "Seeds", with a scary detachment. But a little bit much needed hope still manages to look through the misery.

Since the beginning of The History of the Maid our perspective on the onslaught of horrific, monstrous events has been filtered through the June eyes. With her sly, raw, sharp-witted off-commentary, we've got deep insights into her ordeal and been privy to her thoughts when, as is often the case, she's forced to do the opposite of what she feels. Outwardly, she is meek and calm as she tells us exactly what she thinks . "Seeds" shows us an exhausted, guilty woman inferior to the offred persona who forced Gilead to crush her true June self. And while June is a talkative, honest narrator, Offred has no inner voice. Offred lives in silence.

It's scary not to get that off-voice, and the silence is an effective way The Maid's Book is more disturbing than ever. A few very dark things continue with Offred – so dark are we completely excluded from their thoughts. Of course, given what we've seen, we can guess what's going on in her mind. And we also get some very cruel and private visuals of what's going on with her body – especially an obvious pregnancy complication that causes a worrying amount of bleeding. She does not mention it to anyone, especially not Aunt Lydia, whose fleeting "check-ups" are not really medical visits to Offred's benefit, but an excuse to drop by with frequency to make sure Serena Joy behaves herself. Although everyone agrees that Offred behaves strangely, no one but Nick – who is shocked to see the precious letters that Mayday has smuggled into their final season – can see how much she collapses.

Something's wrong with Offred: George Kraychyk (Hulu)

Oh, but it's getting worse. After all, this is Gilead, where the rock floor is actually always a false floor on which a person can fall far, far down. Nick and Offred's relationship was never without complications, but things are close to the arrival of the baby they designed for the Waterfords.

We saw Serena Joy contemptuously notice the spark between Nick and Offred (a spark she encouraged so we would not forget her for her own selfish reasons). After giving some hints, the commander, who already had some uncertainty about sending Nick to a new post … um, let's call it "promotion" … removed as much as possible? His boss, Commander Pryce, has another solution: to find a wife for the young Guardian. Now, "Seeds" is full of Serena Joy Snark – hates Naomi Putnam's educational skills; They hate Offred because they did not make small talk; She even hated the unattractive nose of a random maid – but her casual invitation to Offred to accompany her to the "pray-vaganza," a dreadful event overshadowed by a mass wedding in which Nick is pulled together is perhaps her scariest moment ever.

Offred's face, when she realizes what's happening, is more moving than any voice-over could ever have been; There is horror, sadness and then a moody half smile. Again no narrative. In fact, the sound falls short completely as she raises her hands to applaud with the crowd. Posted Zombie goes back through the Waterford House, where the molecules have gotten into even stranger dimensions, now that Nick has a child-bride with them, and discovers that the blood they drain during "Seeds" has become more stable. We do not see her coming out, fainting in the rain in her red-dyed underwear, but luckily Nick finds her before it's too late.

Children's brother in opaque veils meet her guardian men for the first time in the altar
Photo: George Kraychyk (Hulu)

As Offred awakens, she picks up her hospital gown and realizes that the baby somehow survives his latest ordeal Has. Suddenly we see her jumping back to reality for the first time in this whole episode. "You're tough, are not you?" She murmurs with admiration, before making a solemn vow to the intrepid insider she will leave Gilead once and for all: "I will not let you grow in this place … you They do not own And they do not possess what they will become. "

Hell yes. JUNE IS BACK

Assorted Musings:

  • We see that Aunt Lydia is allowed to take notes while investigating Offred. A Woman Using a Pencil to Paper Writing words ? Obviously, this madness is not allowed in Gilead, but there is "special dispensation for aunts," she explains Serena Joy – a former bestselling author who can not hide the envy that flickers under her disapproval.
  • Nick is new Farm Girl Woman is hardly a teenager, but she has been specially cared for the role of the dutiful spouse. You must ask yourself: is that what Gilead is doing to all his girls now? Will Jane's daughter, Hannah, one day suffer the same fate – or will she instead become a domestic worker in the house of one of these young women?
  • Offred falls apart, but at least she and her baby have access to real medical care, and (eventually) June's unruly spirit bubbles. Emily also falls apart in the Colonies – including, but not limited to, her teeth – but her attitude of "everything is lost" (which is understandable given the circumstances) softens thanks to Janine's influence … but that's only for a brief moment. Much like Offred's face at Nick's wedding, but Emily's haunted face as she watches another car bumping past Telegraph with dead bodies, more pain than words ever could grasp.
  • The colonies remind us once again, no matter how grim things are Gilead can, well, at least the ground spits out no toxic fumes. Still, there was much more joy in the marriage between the two fragile, nearly deadly colony siblings than anything contained in this creepy mass wedding in Gilead.

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