This put up accommodates spoilers for The Handmaid’s Story Episode 2. Proceed accordingly.
Properly, the widow received this spherical.
Episode 2 of The Handmaid’s Story‘s fifth season — the second half of a two-episode premiere; learn an Episode 1 recap right here — discovered Serena Pleasure Waterford someway bending the American, Canadian and Gileadian governments to her will and pulling off a grand funeral in Gilead for Fred. Though Commander Waterford undoubtedly didn’t deserve the pomp and circumstance, higher forces have been at work. Gilead’s ruling council thought of the occasion, which might be televised overseas, a formidable postcard for the nascent republic. And Serena noticed it as a technique to stick it to her former maid/Fred’s killer, now free and residing in Canada.
To wit: After June and Luke had a date-day on the ballet, they shared a romantic kiss in Toronto’s metropolis heart… after which appeared as much as see Fred’s funeral procession being broadcast on each big display screen of their neighborhood. And if that wasn’t sufficient, Serena made some extent of stopping by a gaggle of school-age women to simply accept a white bouquet from considered one of them.
That woman? June and Luke’s daughter, Hannah. Serena kissed her on the brow after which appeared immediately into the digital camera, giving viewers a barely perceptible smile.
“We talked rather a lot about that ultimate — and we’ve got plenty of takes — however that ultimate picture by means of that black veil, of Serena Pleasure and simply how a lot that mouth curves into the slightest smile,” govt producer Warren Littlefield tells TVLine. “Sure, she needs to honor Fred, however that is Serena Pleasure’s stepping in and getting on the throne, and she or he’s masterful. She’s highly effective. She’s a fantastic chess participant.”
In the meantime, in Toronto, an aghast June and Luke are pondering, “‘She’s bought her hand on my child!'” showrunner Bruce Miller notes, chuckling.
The EPs add that Serena and June’s twisted relationship is on the heart of the brand new season, which can provide perception into each the ladies’s previous and their future.
“And so it begins!” Littlefield says. “Season 5 is all about that gamesmanship. These are two individuals who hate one another, need at instances to kill one another, have the flexibility to, after which there’s additionally this fascinating respect that comes into play.”
What did you consider Serena’s masterstroke in Episode 2? Hold forth within the feedback!