‘The Handmaid’s Tale:’ What Will Be June’s Fate?

As the end of season 3 draws near, fans of The Handmaid’s Tale still have a lot of unanswered questions. The most lingering one, of course, involves June’s fate. What will become of June (Elisabeth Moss) and the other handmaids stuck in sexual slavery in Gilead? Will they finally get the children of Gilead out and bring them to safety?

June probably won’t get out of Gilead this season

Elisabeth Moss and Yvonne Strahovski
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With only three episodes left and still so much left to do, it doesn’t look like June will see an end to her fight this season. The last episode showed June making great plans to get the children of Gilead out. She convinced Commander Lawrence to help her with this endeavor.

“I’ll get you a truck,” said Lawrence. “You get my wife out, safely.” June even lets him in on her plan to help get as many children out as she can. This could help get Lawrence out as well, though he is still a war criminal. “You just have to bring them something valuable. Kids. The stolen children of Gilead,” June tells him.

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ has been renewed for season 4

To the surprise of no one, The Handmaid’s Tale has been renewed for another season. The show is based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name. The show has already taken the story so much farther, with so much still left to do in the life of the main character.

June has a strong desire to get out of her chains and escape the dystopian society she is forced to live in. The handmaids are sexual slaves forced to bear the children of Gilead. They have no other ties to this society. They are seen as objects with one purpose, to produce children for other couples. Forcibly raped constantly, these women have nothing else to do but resist and break free.

June has a new purpose after almost losing it completely

Elisabeth Moss and co-stars
Madeline Brewer, Bradley Whitford, Amanda Brugel, Max Minghella, Elisabeth Moss, and Mara Webster | Dominik Bindl/Getty Images

In previous episodes, viewers saw June starting to unravel in her mind. She was forced to stay in the hospital with OfMatthew while she waited for the impending birth. The isolation and overall terrible situation was almost too much for June to take. She was contemplating murder, as well as suicide.

June has already lost Hannah, and viewers don’t know if the family will ever reunite. No one seems to know where Hannah has gone, which is surely devastating for June. She still has to find her daughter and get them both out.

Once June snaps out of it, she realizes her true purpose is to get out the innocent children stuck living in this terrible place. She will fight tooth and nail to overcome Gilead and the people keeping them all there. She will reunite with her husband and find safety, even if it kills her in the process.

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ season 3 will end with a shocking cliffhanger

Warren Littlefield, the executive producer for The Handmaid’s Tale, revealed at the Television Critics Association that this season will include a cliffhanger, which isn’t really that surprising, based off prior seasons.

“What we’re seeing is that June no longer considers herself an other,” Littlefield said. “She may still wear the robe of a handmaid, but she’s asserting herself. What you’ll see between now and the end of the season is her being less obedient to authority, being more assertive, and she co-opts Commander Lawrence (Bradley Whitford) into her vision and her plan and that’s just starting to unfold, but it’s a snowball rolling down a mountain. It’s just getting bigger and bigger and bigger, and she’s going to be a force to be reckoned with. I think […] it’s a tipping point and a turning point in that relationship, and it’s unexpected. I’m excited about what we’re about to present.”

Littlefield continued to explain the show’s upcoming cliffhanger. Fans will be left wondering what they will do with themselves, as in previous seasons. “I hope you’ll feel shocked at what we accomplish and where we leave our key characters,” Littlefield said. “I think it’s quite a cliffhanger that we’ll leave you with. And I feel quite confident that if we had a 40 percent leap from Year 2 to Year 3, I’m looking forward to what that leap will be in Year 4.”

The show is extremely popular with fans and has no plans on letting up any time soon. With three episodes left in the season, the show is gearing up for something that will leave audiences breathless.