The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 Episode 6 “Vows” ends with the unthinkable: June (Elisabeth Moss) lastly escapes Gilead. After working into Moira (Samira Wiley) on the battle torn streets of Chicago, June finds herself snuck out of Gilead on an NGO ship. Her rescue places the whole humanitarian group’s future in peril — and precipitates a break between Moira and girlfriend Oona (Zawe Ashton) — however it implies that our lady is lastly in a position to depart Gilead. After reuniting with Luke (O-T Fagbenle) on board the docked ship, a trepidatious June lastly steps on Canadian soil.
June is immediately free.
The second is concurrently sudden and overdue. For the final 4 years, Handmaid’s Tale followers have watched June come shut to freedom, solely to let it slip away. June’s daughters have been the weights tying her to Gilead. Baby Nichole could be in Canada with Luke, however Hannah continues to be caught on this planet of handmaids, wives, and Marthas. June repeatedly tries to wrestle out of Moira’s grasp on this week’s episode to return for Hannah. She even tearfully apologies to Luke for making it to Canada with out their daughter.
Nevertheless, June’s arrival in Canada brings with it a wave of cathartic reduction. It additionally alters the long run form of The Handmaid’s Tale. Going ahead, the present may have to tackle June’s trauma and the necessity for justice.
So why was Season 4 Episode 6 the right time for The Handmaid’s Tale to lastly spirit June out of Gilead? Why did the present wait so lengthy? And why did the precise second occur in the course of a season, distant from the narrative rise of a Season Finale?
Decider spoke with The Handmaid’s Tale‘s showrunner Bruce Miller and government producer Warren Littlefield to perceive why now was the time for June to depart Gilead.
“You know, I think we followed June into this position,” Miller advised Decider, explaining that the selection was much less about plotting the story and extra about touring by way of the story with June. “I think our biggest decision this year was not something we aimed for. But in fact, just naturally what seemed to occur next in June’s Handmaid’s Tale.”
“But we certainly didn’t dig in our heels against it and I think that that was the biggest thing that we did,” Miller mentioned. “We didn’t try to make it happen at a certain time in the season. We didn’t try to make it stretch or change. Maybe we just let it happen when it was going to happen. In some ways, it feels more surprising, because it isn’t in a dramatic rhythm. But it’s more the way things happen.”
“I think it’s far more unexpected that we don’t open or close the season with that pivotal move for the character,” Warren Littlefield mentioned. “I think it’s more satisfying that [June’s escape] wasn’t artificially built into the season opener, the season finale. Boom, here it is.”
“But so much of [Season 4] is about being able to see elements that we’ve never seen before they were planted. Bruce and the writers planted that there was an uprising in Chicago. Then ultimately, Nick goes to Chicago, so we’ve been following that story, but it’s out of our view until it’s in June’s view, and in June’s quest and the cinematic year for her,” Littlefield mentioned.
“I think the show’s always been at its best when it’s really the point of view is June’s point of view,” Miller reiterated. “I think that telling this story this way, and not really knowing where we were going — because June doesn’t know where we’re going — it’s as much a surprise to her as it is to us.”
June’s escape isn’t only a shock for her, however clearly a second fraught with a tumult of feelings. June’s nerves upon stepping off the boat have already signaled to the viewers that though June may need been carried away from the horrors of Gilead, these horrors haven’t left her but.