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The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 Ending Explained, Season 5 Release Date and Future Expectations

The Handmaid's Tale season 4 finale

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 Ending: HBO aired chapter 10 of the tortuous season 4 of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. With the closing of one of its main plots, the delivery of the series was dismissed, renewed for a fifth batch
Warning, spoilers: this news reveals how season 4 of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ ends<.span>

After almost an entire fourth season of The Handmaid’s Tale in the Hands of Justice, the maids took it on their own in its latest chapter. This batch of episodes thus closed one of the most important plots of the HBO series, still waiting for The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 already confirmed.

If this season has been characterized by something more than ever, it is by uncertainty, starring a less and less rational June. With her escape from Gilead almost reluctantly, the protagonist’s suffering continued in Canada, despite attempts by her loved ones to make her appreciate what she had achieved after so long. However, the last straw was the news he received in the penultimate chapter: Fred Waterford was going to be acquitted to help reveal the secrets of his place of origin.

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4  Explained

In this way, all of Osborn’s plans were dashed in moments, and his wildest side sprouted. Of course, helped in her decisions by both her companions and Nick, her greatest ally in “American” lands, and Joseph Lawrence, her last commander.

The Handmaid's Tale Season 4

The ending between June and Fred

In the final episode of the season, events unfold slowly. June is weaving a plan, while old images of her in Gilead accompanied by Waterford are interspersed with current scenes. Throughout the sessions, a constant voice-over sounds: ” Don’t bite, at least for now .”

Each of the actions carried out by the protagonist kept the viewer tense for what might happen. When it is almost ruled that the commander was going to be released, Osborn goes to him, and they have one of the most heartbreaking talks in television fiction: he seems to regret everything he did to her, and she pretends to forgive him with a false reconciliation toast. .

His second step is to talk to Lawrence about freeing 22 women from Gilead in exchange for returning Fred to Gilead, with the intention that the justice there is in charge of dealing with the crime of revealing the commander’s secrets. And so it seems to happen, so the accused is transferred to the agreed point.

It is not until the last minutes of the episode that June’s intentions emerge: Waterford is taken to a place in the forest by Nick, where the protagonist and other maids appear and begin to put fear in his body until they end up beating him to death like if it were a punching bag. The scene ends with Osborn brutally biting him, following the characteristic violence of the series.

At the end of the chapter, you can see the corpse of Fred Waterford hanging on the wall, wherein Gilead shows the bodies of all those who disobey the rules.

Serena’s situation

After Fred’s death, it appears that Serena receives her late husband’s wedding ring and one of his severed fingers, thus referencing the one that was taken from her for reading in Gilead. However, there is no trace of his reaction in this season finale, so we will have to wait for the next one to know how he acts in the face of this loss.

What does seem with the closing of the delivery is that he will be able to raise the son he is expecting in freedom, although they have not given much information about his judicial resolution. It is also not known if she will educate her child alone or will look for another solution.

Love still alive between Nick and June

Despite her marriage to Luke, June has shown in the season finale that her feelings for Nick continue. Their daughter in common has been one of the reasons why they scheduled a reunion, in which it was found that the escape from the pain that they built in Gilead still exists between them.

For their part, they certified this relationship with a kiss at the end of the last chapter, to show Fred the betrayal of his compatriot. At the moment, it is not known how this relationship will evolve, and what role Luke will play in this plot in the fifth season. It is worth remembering another scene from episode 10 after June murders Waterford: Mother and daughter say goodbye , while her husband understands what has happened and cries inconsolably.

Janine, settled back in Gilead

Although she has not been seen in this last chapter, in the previous one it seemed that she had become accustomed to her life in Gilead. However, “thanks” to Aunt Lydia, the young redhead has not yet been assigned to any family.

What it does seem is that he wants to forget both June and what she preached. We will have to wait for season 5 to know how his character evolves from the other part of the story.

When does The Handmaid’s Tale season 5 start?

The Handmaid's Tale season 5

So far there is no official information about “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 5. In December 2020, Season 5 got the green light while the filming of Season 4. A start date is still pending. Looking at the data from the previous seasons, a start of season 5 in the second quarter of 2022 with the US provider Hulu is quite conceivable.

What could be Season 5 Plot?

The end of season 4 was on the one hand extremely satisfying, on the other hand really not for the faint of heart. A deal with Commander Lawrence provided Fred in the safe lap of Gilead City in exchange for 22 Resistance Women. But Lawrence and Nick leave Fred to his bloody fate.

June and the others took care of him and hung Fred’s battered headless body on the wall as a reminder, where otherwise disobedient servants were on display in previous seasons.

After this exciting season finale, Entertainment Weekly magazine interviewed series creator Bruce Miller about the sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale” season 5. In it Miller summarized the events of the finale of the fourth season, talked about June’s emotional world and what happened to the protagonist could happen.

Now it’s up to June to explore her future in season 5. For her revenge, she gave herself up to the terrible deed. But her pain and her traumatic experiences are not forgotten. So will she finally be able to let go or will her actions catch up with her?

In the following, you may be faced with the decision to sacrifice your entire life for a better society and a more livable world. The story will develop into a long struggle for justice, in which in the end the remaining energy, enthusiasm, and reason will decide between victory and defeat. Sometimes you have to sacrifice everything for a goal that is denied to you. Of course, showrunner Bruce Miller didn’t want to reveal what June expects in detail in season 5.

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