When June and Serena met on the run in The Handmaid’s Tale finale, many wondered how their story will wrap up in the sixth and final season.
When June (Elisabeth Moss) and Serena (Yvonne Strahovski) happen to meet as passengers on a train at the end of “Safe,” the fifth season finale of The Handmaid’s Tale, viewers were left with many questions about how this epic story will wrap up in the sixth and final season of Hulu’s hit dystopian drama. The popular program renewed for a sixth season just days before “Safe,” written by series creator Bruce Miller and directed by Elisabeth Moss, was aired so that the last scene between the two principal characters was correctly seen as a prologue to the final chapter, and not a conclusion to the series.
As it stands, June and Serena, and their respective babies, Nichole and Noah, have been reunited as they are both escaping from Canada, but has their relationship really taken a turn, and will they unite in their fight against Gilead? And what will happen with Luke (O-T Fagbenle), who was just arrested at the Toronto train station for the murder of a truck driver who tried to kill June? Other loose threads needing to be sewn up from the finale concern what Commander Lawrence (Bradley Whitford) plans for New Bethlehem and Handmaid Janine (Madeline Brewer), who was taken away after her chances of being posted in Mrs. Putnam (Ever Carradine) and Commander Lawrence’s home were ruined.
Where Will June’s Journey Take Her in Season Six?
So as the sixth season of this adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s ground-breaking 1985 novel, and its 2019 sequel, The Testaments, has a lot of ground to cover, some valid speculation can be made to its direction judging from what’s gone down before. It’s easy to theorize that the coming together of June and Serena is greatly significant in the key to what comes next in season six. In an interview with Elle, Moss relayed:
Speculating About the Fates and Stakes of the Supporting Players
This indicates the possibility of June and Serena working together and that there is likely a reckoning for the rest of the supporting players as the war between the United States and Gilead rages on. Meanwhile, Luke’s legal troubles will likely intensify for drama’s sake, and that could mean the love triangle between him, June, and Commander Nick Blaine (Max Minghella) could be in play as Nick’s role in Gilead’s government, and at home with his wife (Carey Cox) has been getting more and more strained up and to the season finale.
Janine’s narrative, which also includes the suffering of Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd), has to be given a redemptive arc as well, so viewers should expect her predicament to get worse after being abducted by The Eyes (Gilead secret police) before it gets better. As so much of The Handmaid’s Tale is overtaken by on-the-run revenge scenarios, it can be guessed that Janine will escape and come together with the other major characters to aid in the ultimate fight for good against evil that will surely define the series’ ultimate climax.
Commander Lawrence’s uneasy situation in Gilead has been another crucial thread in season five. Whitford’s conflicted, nervous energy as the architect of Gilead’s economy has been a cause of concern for his peers. It will undoubtedly come to a head during the upcoming chain of threatening events that are sure to go down within season six.
All of these plot strands are sure to be attended to as it’s been announced that the entire cast, including Fagbenle, Minghella, Whitford, Strahovski, Dowd, and Brewer, has been tapped to return, with even minor players like Samira Wiley, and Amanda Brugel being set to reprise their roles. The full involvement of this excellent ensemble will aid in the momentum going toward the series finale, which arguably has greater stakes than many other popular series as it deals with the fate of the free world.
That’s why the biggest prediction or theory for how season six will wrap up the acclaimed adaptation is that it will be a grand, wide-ranging swan song for the program. After the locations for the show broadened from the Waterford’s house in Gilead to Canada and beyond, its scope grew to where it broke from being focused on a personal journey to being immersed in the plight of humanity.
The Handmaid’s Tale has its work cut out for it in order to provide its viewers with a satisfying conclusion for its final chapters. Still, it has proved it can maneuver through tricky situations and tough plotting multiple times since its premiere in 2017. Through all this guessing and speculation about what will go down during the show’s last go around, one thing is certain: pained, wide-eyed close-ups of Moss will once again dominate the screen until the very end.