‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 5, Episode 8 Review

Comparing The Handmaid’s Tale to House of the Dragon, it’s odd that the two shows couldn’t be more different from each other and yet suffer from similar flaws. With House of the Dragon, it had great action and plot points, but the way it reached those things often involved having its characters make stupid and/or nonsensical decisions. The Handmaid’s Tale did something similar this season in that the final two episodes were remarkable. Unfortunately, all the episodes that came before it were humdrum and lacking any sort of rationale. So while the place the season wound up was great, the path it took to get here was difficult.

The finale primarily dealt with two big developments as the show was ultimately setting the stage for its final season. Now in prison, Serena (Yvonne Strahovski) is desperate to get back with her child. Nobody was interested in helping her, not even June (Elisabeth Moss). It wasn’t until June advised her on how to act like a handmaid did Serena finally relent and join the household with her baby. Meanwhile, Lawrence (Bradley Whitford) tried to set up a Gilead colony of sorts in order to normalize relations with the rest of the world. After much debate and internal struggle, June decided to embrace the US as they were about to launch a raid to get her daughter back.

Compared to the rest of the season, this episode is fairly lacking in suspense and danger — although, last week’s great episode had plenty of that. Instead, this episode primarily focused on character drama and setting up a new status quo. The politics of an evolving Gilead is immensely entertaining if also immensely frightening. What’s scarier than seeing how Gilead started is watching how the rest of the world comes to accept it. That’s what Lawrence is setting up and it is also happening while his whole character is coming to grips with the terror he was responsible for. It’s some truly great television and hopefully makes up for the rest of this uneven season.

The Handmaid’s Tale is now streaming on Hulu.

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