‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: Why June Had to Kill That Commander

This most recent episode of The Handmaid’s Tale was enough to leave anyone shocked and reeling from its repercussions. June (Elisabeth Moss) finally had enough and killed Commander Winslow (Christopher Meloni) before he had a chance to rape and abuse her. The satisfying end had fans cheering to see such an evil character finally get what’s coming to him. This season has shown a different side to June than we have ever seen of her before. She is going to get back at Gilead for all of the handmaids, children, and innocent victims being kept against their will.

June kills Commander Winslow in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Winslow was in the process of trying to rape June when she fights back. It’s a terrible scene to watch her struggle for her life and freedom. She isn’t going to give in, as she is a fighter now and can no longer submit to the ways of Gilead. She stabs him over and over with a ballpoint pen. She deals him a final deadly blow over the head.

June is assisted by the Marthas at Jezebel’s in cleaning up the crime scene. They help her escape and they clean up the mess as well as incinerate the commander’s body. It’s like the death never even happened. Meloni told Bazaar.com that his character’s death was a satisfying one. He also spoke about working with Moss.

“It’s always so much fun to work with her, because you get to act a lot with what is said versus unsaid,” explained Meloni. “She’s very adept at saying a million things with her face, and I like that. I like working in that way, with an actor who really understands that aspect of it, so that you’re basically having all these scenes underneath and in between the words that are coming out of your mouth. And I must say that I found it very satisfying for her as well to be stabbing me with my own pen! I was like, “Finally! Girlfriend’s getting a whack at the piñata!” And also his final demise [being incinerated], I found that very satisfying. It’s like it’s a group effort to burn this mother******!”

June fought for her life and won

Elisabeth Moss
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June has been struggling against the oppression of Gilead since the series began. However, this season has shown a very strong side of June unlike anything we have seen before. She isn’t going to take anything lying down anymore. We see this with the killing of Commander Winslow. June didn’t submit to him because she couldn’t anymore. If she is going to go down, she is going down with a fight.

She has no intention of being a victim anymore, as fans can see with her latest scheme to get the children of Gilead out. She’s going to do this either way, which is part of the reason why she agreed to go to Jezebel’s in the first place. She will get the kids out, whether it be by van or plane, but the more children she can get out, the better.

Will June get herself and the children out of Gilead?

Craig Erwich, Bruce Miller, Elisabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel, Warren Littlefield, and Samira Wiley
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This most recent episode shows June making more plans to get the children of Gilead out. She has a number of Marthas backing her plays, but a few aren’t too keen on helping her. A few Marthas running things aren’t too thrilled about June’s brazen plans. Several members show up to the Lawrence’s house and speak with June. They have their own plans, however, and don’t want them being interfered with.

“Why would you ever prevent these kids from having a better life?” June asks. The Marthas agree not to interfere with June’s plans, but they won’t assist her either. It looks like June is on her own. That’s alright though, because she is resilient and is already figuring out a way to get them out. The last two episodes of the season will certainly leave fans craving more.