‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 5, Episode 10 Review

by Frank Martin

This has definitely been an odd season of The Handmaid’s Tale. It knew exactly where it wanted to go, but it seemed to take very strange steps in order to get there. And as the finale unfolded, it appeared more as if it was merely setting up the pieces for the show’s final season than truly creating a memorable conclusion in and of itself. When contrasted against the previous season’s finale, which had a major character’s death, this one ends on a different kind of note and fails to tie things up as satisfyingly.

After the attempt on June’s (Elisabeth Moss) life from the end of last week’s episode, she starts to become paranoid that someone will come after her again. They do, which results in a very horrific car attack in which a truck runs over her arm. Luke (O-T Fagbenle) comes to the rescue and saves her by attacking the driver, but unfortunately, the driver dies, forcing the couple to go on the run. This attack prompts Nick (Max Minghella) to make a deal with the Americans, showing his true hand — he will always be behind June. Also, Lawrence (Bradley Whitford) is pleading ignorance in regards to the attacks, so it will be interesting to see what side he eventually falls on.

The season ends on a pretty interesting note as June and Serena (Yvonne Strahovski) both find themselves in similar positions. This brings their journey full circle as they will both have to figure out the next steps together. It makes for a very intriguing story, but the road taken to get here was very perplexing. Their American contact tells Nick that he will protect June, and yet he just drops them off at the train station so they can escape on their own. Also, Nick attacks Lawrence, which goes against all of the smart decisions he’s made to reach this point in his Gilead career. All of these events set up a very interesting chess board for the final season, so hopefully it will be worth it when the show comes to its inevitable conclusion.

The Handmaid’s Tale is now streaming on Hulu.

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