If you're reading this and you made it through Season 2 of The Handmaid's Tale then congratulations, that was some seriously disturbing, and at times straight-up unbearable, viewing. But on a positive note, showrunner Bruce Miller is now teasing fans with potentially satisfying elements of what's to come in Season 3, should you be brave enough to go there.
**Spoiler Alert: There are major spoilers for The Handmaid's Tale Seasons 2 and 3 below**
As you'll know from the finale, we were left with June Osborne (Elisabeth Moss) making the gut-wrenching decision to stay in Gilead, in a scene so nail-biting you could have almost lost a finger (sorry, Serena). Far from a moment of madness, it was crystal clear that June was making her decision in the interest of trying to save her firstborn daughter, Hannah.
Unsurprisingly, at a recent screening of the finale in Los Angeles, Miller has said (via CNN) that Season 3 of the show will now be all about "fighting back," adding excitingly: "[June] goes back to hurt Gilead as much as possible and to get her daughter back — probably. I don't know necessarily the order of those two things."
However, Miller also divulged some other little nuggets of information that fans might find encouraging, particuarly for those weighing up whether they can stomach another season of Gilead goings-on.
Firstly, the quirky Commander Lawrence (Bradley Whitford) will be back. "I think we're going to learn a ton about him," Miller said. "You never know what he's willing to do and what he's not willing to do."
Lawrence was instrumental in helping Emily (Alexis Bledel) escape, after she quite literally stabbed Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) in the back, who will also feature in Season 3. "I don't think Aunt Lydia can die. I don't think there are forces the world strong enough to kill Aunt Lydia," Miller joked at the event.
Perhaps Lawrence could serve as a useful ally to June, as she's certainly going to need all the help she can get.
Lastly, Miller teased storylines for Emily's escape with baby Nicole ("There's a lot of people who want her, including the whole country of Gilead — if she happens to get out") and Serena's (Yvonne Strahovski) new life without her.
Sheesh, we're getting panicked just thinking about it. But at the same time, that last look of fury on June's face is enough to make us have faith that this is a woman who could just about take on anybody.
May the Lord open another escape route for June.
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