Scripts From Season 3 of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Reveal Nick’s True Allegiance

In The Handmaid’s Tale, Nick is a polarizing and generally ambiguous character. He did not appear much in season 3, which did not help fans’ opinions of him. After some fans of the show read the scripts from season 3, Nick’s allegiance is clear.

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This is not the first time fans have consulted the scripts

After every season of The Handmaid’s Tale, fans visit the Screen Writers Guild Foundation Library to read the screenplays from the past season. Because Nick’s scenes often end up being cut as he is part of a large ensemble cast, the scripts help give insight to his character.

Some do not consider deleted scenes to be canon and things often change from a screenplay’s creation to the final product. However, original scripts can give fans an idea of what writers think of a character and hint at characters’ direction for future seasons.

At the end of season 1 and season 2, fans of The Handmaid’s Tale read scripts and took away key findings about Nick.

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“Nick is GOOD. so so GOOD. even though he is a bit mysterious and aloof at first, his strong sense of morals come across very clear in the script early on. he’s written as a sympathetic character and an ally from the very beginning. we are meant to like him in spite of his status, as June does,” a Reddit user wrote after reading the season 1 script.

Nick met with the Swiss in season 3 of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

In season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale, Nick is not seen or heard from again after the sixth episode. Because of the ambiguity of his exit, some fans deduced that Nick bailed on meeting with the Swiss because of his history with Gilead. Scripts from season 3 reveal that Nick did in fact meet with the Swiss.

“NICK. MET. WITH. THE. SWISS. people can stop claiming he ditched his daughter now. the script makes it clear. nick walks into the room with mattias and meets lena and sofia before the scene cuts. we don’t get to see what they talk about, but he tried to do the right thing for holly per june’s wishes, against his better judgement,” a Tumblr user wrote.

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A cut scene reveals Nick’s involvement with Gilead

In the sixth episode of the third season, the Swiss tell June they do not trust Nick because of his history with Gilead. Serena then tells June that Nick played an instrumental role in Gilead’s creation. This was divisive for a lot of viewers, as some were unaware of Nick’s past while others always assumed he was involved with Gilead from the start.

It turns out the original screenplay of the episode included a flashback sequence of Nick before Gilead’s creation. This scene might end up being used in season 4, or could be scrapped completely. However, it shows that Nick was not a true believer in Gilead.

“THE TRAIN SCENE: there’s a very important line describing how nick really feels about being a commander: ‘The troops salute him. Nick returns the salute, hating all the choices that led him here,'” a Tumblr user wrote.

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Following the scene in the train, there is a flashback to Nick’s start in the Sons of Jacob.

“… in this scene, nick and a young soldier named trevor are guarding an empty basement stairwell in the capitol building during the coup. trevor is complaining that they are ‘mall cops’ while ‘everyone gets to actually do something,’ meanwhile nick is described as ‘looking sick,'” the Tumblr user wrote.

They continue, “then there is an explosion in the stairwell, followed by a brief shootout where trevor is killed. nick shoots back ‘out of instinct’ and it’s revealed he’s killed a capitol security guard and a bureaucrat.”

Nick is still a polarizing character on ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

After the findings from the script were posted on Reddit and Tumblr, fans of The Handmaid’s Tale continued to debate about Nick.

“I’m not surprised the scripts show Nick as a good guy. The past ones did, too, and I never got the idea he wasn’t a good guy from the show. It is interesting how he polarizes fans. I see a decent amount of hate for him. I think he is an important character in that he shows how people can be recruited into cults out of ignorance and desperation and not necessarily be bad people,” a Reddit user wrote.

One Reddit user wrote, “Can we now stop it with the ‘Nick is evil’ garbage that never had any basis on reality?”

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Still, even with the scripts, some fans do not care for Nick as a character. Because TV shows are often subjective for viewers, it seems Nick will continue to be a polarizing character for fans.

“I’m iffy about him at most. I think they want him to be as complex as June/Lydia/Serena/Lawrence etc., but he doesn’t quite have the screen time. Often, I forget he’s Nicole’s biological father…,” wrote another Reddit user.

“Eh, I don’t like him, I never liked him & his storyline irritates me a lot,” a Reddit user wrote.