‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: What Will Happen in the Season 3 Finale?

The season finale of The Handmaid’s Tale is right around the corner and fans couldn’t be more excited. Will June (Elisabeth Moss) get the children of Gilead out? Will she herself finally be free? Will she ever find her daughter Hannah? There are a lot of unanswered questions leading up to the finale of season 3. The teaser for the finale shows that “Mayday” is finally here and everything June has been orchestrating is going to come to a head one way or the other.

*Spoilers Ahead*

Mayday is finally here for June

The new teaser was released with an official description for episode 13: “June must think about how far she’s willing to go. Serena Joy and Commander Waterford think about a new way forward.” The promo was released after episode 12 and gives fans a glimpse into the final episode for season 3, which will is called “Mayday.”

The day is finally here in the promo, and features a clip of Commander Lawrence (Bradley Whitford) telling June he is “pulling the plug” on their plans, as there are search parties in the area. June isn’t having any of that, and promptly tells him, “you are not in charge. I am.” June has become the boss she was always born to be. She’s in charge and he isn’t going to stand in her way.

June will face serious danger in the finale

Elisabeth Moss attends the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards
Elisabeth Moss attends the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards | Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for MTV

As Commander Lawrence predicted, the armed search parties are out in full force, possibly looking for Commander Winslow (Christopher Meloni). Nothing ever turns out the way it’s supposed to, and this time is no different. In the promo, June is seen running through the forest being chased by men with guns. She is facing danger and a worst-case scenario, as she is trying to get the children out of Gilead and to freedom.

Season 3 was about June learning to rebel

Showrunner Bruce Miller shared with Variety’s TV Take podcast June’s choices and her need to rebel against Gilead. It changed her in ways the show has yet to reveal. June has been exploring a whole new side of herself this season.

“For June it was a combination of imagination — what could she have done? — and then execution,” explains Miller. “So much of the season was about her learning to be a rebel — what it meant on the ground, moment by moment and how you do those things and who you have to compromise with. Becoming a rebel, and how do you actually rebel, was interesting to me because I have no idea.”

Will June get the children of Gilead out?

Unfortunately, the trailer doesn’t give any other information away about the fate of June or the children of Gilead. It’s safe to say the season probably won’t end with any definitive answers in that regard, as the show is known for some serious cliffhangers.

The executive producer of the show, Warren Littlefield, spoke at the Television Critics Association summer press tour about the finale, which will leave fans utterly shocked.

“I hope you’ll feel shocked at what we accomplish and where we leave our key characters,” explained Littlefield. “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.”

With that said, it doesn’t look like June will definitively get the children out. Here’s to hoping that cliffhanger is in another regard. June desperately needs a win, she deserves it.