When Will June Get Out of Gilead in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale?’

The Handmaid’s Tale has utterly consumed the world since its release on Hulu in 2017. It’s impossible to not get hooked on this show and feel compelled to scream at the television screen almost every week while watching.

The Handmaid’s Tale follows June (Elisabeth Moss), or Offred, as she is known in Gilead. The show is based off the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood of the same name. Gilead is a totalitarian society in parts of what used to be the United States. June is trapped there in Gilead away from her family and separated from her daughter, Hannah, which ultimately keeps her in that terrible place.

Will June ever retrieve her daughter in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale?’

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Elisabeth Moss attends the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ at The Robin Williams Center. Dominik Bindl/Getty Images

June’s daughter Hannah is living with a different family. So far in season three, we see June trying desperately to find her and escape Gilead with her. At the end of season two, we saw June give her newborn daughter to Emily (Alexis Bledel), or Ofglen. Emily and June’s daughter Nichole escape to Canada and find freedom. June chooses to stay behind and find Hannah. She refuses to leave her in Gilead.

In last week’s episode, we see another of June’s plans go nowhere as she tries to meet up with her daughter. She persuaded Mrs. Lawrence to leave the house and come with her. Unfortunately, neither of them got into the school as the guard who was supposed to let them in was off duty. June did get to hear Hannah’s voice though, albeit through a wall.

Where has Hannah gone?

Unable to set eyes on her daughter, June later discovers that another handmaid, her walking partner, OfMatthew, has told on her. Consequently, the Martha who helped June see Hannah was hanged along with others. June now has no idea where her daughter has gone or if she will be able to rescue her now.

The gut-wrenching episode was enough to make anyone break down. It’s hard to see such a lovable character constantly get beaten down in each and every installment. The devastation was felt by all when June listened to her darling daughter from beyond the wall.

Will June and Hannah ever get out of Gilead?

At this rate, it doesn’t look like Hannah is anywhere nearby. OfMatthew saw to that when she snitched on June and the Martha. Hannah has been moved somewhere, probably far away from June. She must now do everything in her power to find her daughter and leave Gilead forever.

How will June find her? Probably within her network of underground do-gooders. Somehow, she will find her daughter. That’s all she has now. Considering Nick has betrayed her in the worst way.

Nick’s betrayal of June hits deep

Promo video for Season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale

This season has been a whirlwind for June. Her daughter Nichole has found her family and safety in Canada. June herself is stuck in a hell like no other. She now knows that Nick is not who he claims to be. A Swiss delegate shows up to speak with June. This all goes down in D.C. as the Waterfords try to put diplomatic pressure on Canada to release Nichole back to Gilead.

June wants desperately for Nichole to stay in Canada. She tries to talk to Nick about speaking to the Swiss delegate as the father of the child. The key to everything was Nick. Initially, the delegates promise June that Nichole will stay in Canada if Nick spills important details and secrets about Gilead.

The delegate meets with Nick and visits June one last time to tell her that whoever Nick is, he isn’t someone they can do business with. The Swiss researched Nick and he is someone “not to be trusted.”

Serena spills the beans to June on Nick

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Serena Waterford (Hannah McKay) finally spills the beans to June on who Nick really is. Nick served Gilead before becoming Fred’s driver. She hints that he “was a solider in the crusade. We wouldn’t be here without him.” There was something eerily sinister in the way she said it.

It’s plain that Nick was involved in some shady activities on behalf of Gilead. June now knows the father of her child is not who she thought he was, and is certainly not to be trusted.