When Do You Decide to Give Up on The Handmaid’s Tale?

The Handmaid's Tale 204 "Other Women" television review giving up

Gallows that buckle but don’t burst open in fake hangings, escape planes that get shot before they can even lift off the runway, victoriously and gruesomely cutting out an ear tag only to get it stamped back in three episodes later… Is this how Gilead breaks you? Asking both for the sake of June/Offred (as we’re back to calling her) and for the sake of The Handmaid’s Tale viewers like myself. This whiplash is getting nauseating.

Spoilers for The Handmaid’s Tale 2×04 “Other Women”

What’s most horrifying about “Other Women” is how June being returned to her household and pre-Mayday Handmaid life isn’t just retreading the same ground from season 1. First, this is a trial period; if neither she nor the Waterfords cooperate, she’ll wind up chained to a stained bed like poor Ofwyatt until she gives birth and is then discarded, according to Aunt Lydia:

“You see, June ...

The Handmaid's Tale 204 "Other Women" television review giving up
The Handmaid's Tale 204 "Other Women" television review giving up
The Handmaid's Tale 204 "Other Women" television review giving up
The Handmaid's Tale 204 "Other Women" television review giving up
The Handmaid's Tale 204 "Other Women" television review giving up
The Handmaid's Tale 204 "Other Women" television review giving up
The Handmaid's Tale 204 "Other Women" television review giving up
The Handmaid's Tale 204 "Other Women" television review giving up
The Handmaid's Tale 204 "Other Women" television review giving up