Handmaid’s Tale Season 3 Has the Opposite Problem to Game of Thrones

Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and HBO’s Game of Thrones are two shows that have something in common: they both overtook the source material and set out bravely on their own. The end of Game of Thrones season 5 marked the point at which showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had reached the end of the books that George R.R. Martin had written so far, and The Handmaid’s Tale reached the conclusion of Margaret Atwood’s book (minus the 200 years later epilogue) at the end of season 1. But while Game of Thrones has been criticized for spending the last few seasons rushing through plot points to get to the finish line, The Handmaid’s Tale has the opposite problem; without a roadmap from Atwood, and with an inherent need to maintain the status quo, the show is treading water.

The season 2 finale, in which June decided to stay behind in Gilead and let Emily leave with baby Holly/Nichole, was controversial but promising. June had recently been reunited with her first daughter, Hannah, who was now several years older and not initially overjoyed to see her mother. During their brief time together, Hannah asked June why she hadn’t tried harder to find her. In light of that exchange, it made sense that June would refuse to let Hannah down a second time by leaving her alone in Gilead.

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However, while this finale set up a third season where June would be desperately trying to get Hannah back, much of season 3 has been preoccupied with a rather tedious custody battle as the Waterfords pressure the Canadian government to return baby Nichole. Hannah, meanwhile, has barely been seen, and has now been taken out of reach once again after June’s ill-thought-out attempt to visit her at school. A subplot about June helping to organize the resistance within Gilead – arguably the most interesting new element introduced this season – has also been neglected. It’s little wonder than viewers are feeling frustrated.

The general fan consensus is that Game of Thrones began to decline in quality once it left the books behind. Martin gave Benioff and Weiss key plot beats so that they would know how to end the series, but there wasn’t the same wealth of source material to draw on. Easily the most maligned season of the show was the eighth and final season, which was just six episodes long and wrapped up not only the story of the encroaching army of the dead, but also the Game of Thrones itself – with Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow heading south to fight one last battle against reigning Queen Cersei Lannister.

Speaking to Variety last year, Martin was asked why the show was ending with season 8, and replied that “we could have gone to 11, 12, 13 seasons, but I guess [the showrunners] wanted a life.” The author elaborated, “[Benioff and Weiss] have been saying for like five years that seven seasons was all they would go, and we got them to go to eight, but not any more than that.” Not only did the showrunners insist on wrapping things up within eight seasons, the final two seasons were also shorter, with season 7 having just seven episodes and season 8 a mere six.

This meant that the conflict between the living and the dead (which had been building since the very first scene of the very first episode) was wrapped up in a single episode, the conflict with Cersei Lannister was wrapped up in two episodes, and everything else – from Daenerys Targaryen’s madness to the question of who would sit on the Iron Throne – was dealt with in the season finale. While there was certainly foreshadowing in the series for Daenerys’ eventual fall, many felt that the execution was extremely rushed, with Daenerys going from putting her entire army on the line to protect the people of Westeros to slaughtering women and children en masse in the space of a couple of episodes. The showrunners had a clear map of how the show would end, but effectively took a shortcut to get there.

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In the epilogue of Margaret Atwood’s book it’s revealed that Gilead does eventually fall, though June’s fate is left unknown. As mentioned above, everything before the epilogue was covered in season of The Handmaid’s Tale, and showrunner Bruce Miller has said that he’s roughly sketched out ten seasons of the show – a prospect that may be daunting for fans who are already feeling fatigued by the plot. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Miller said that he might consider portraying the fall of Gilead and its version of the Nuremberg Trials in the final seasons, but anything like that is still a long way off:

“My arc is still very much the arc of the novel, which is the arc of this one woman’s experience in Gilead at this time, and her recollections that paint this picture of what it was like and what the experience of this world was like, which really is still the book. People talk about how we’re beyond the book, but we’re not really. The book starts, then jumps 200 years with an academic discussion at the end of it, about what’s happened in those intervening 200 years. It’s maybe handled in an outline, but it’s still there in Margaret’s novel. We’re not going beyond the novel; we’re just covering territory she covered quickly, a bit more slowly.”

On the one hand, The Handmaid’s Tale‘s portrayal of oppression by a cruel and totalitarian government is fairly realistic; June suffering in impotence under threat of death, torture, or being sent to the colonies is easier to believe than her single-handedly leading an army of revolutionaries to topple Gilead. On the other hand, a character suffering under a relentless, inescapable status quo doesn’t necessarily make for good television. The idea of June still being a handmaid beholden to a commander, still separated from her family and still limited to whispered conversations in grocery stores as her main act of rebellion five or six seasons in the future is exhausting to think about. Serial drama tends to rely upon moving the story forward, but already The Handmaid’s Tale is going in circles.

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Nowhere is this more apparent than in Serena Waterford’s characterization. A complex and fascinating character in the first couple of seasons, Serena managed to both inspire fierce hate and reluctant sympathy, as audiences came to realize that she was a victim of the world that she had helped create. At the end of the season 2, Serena made the momentous decision to let baby Nichole escape so that she wouldn’t have to grow up in Gilead. However, in season 3 Serena has backtracked after being allowed to visit Nichole, and is now once again Fred’s accomplice as the Waterfords work to undo season 2’s climactic and defining moment.

The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 hasn’t been completely without merit. There has certainly been some powerful imagery, such as the Washington Monument’s conversion into a cross, the destroyed Lincoln memorial, and the horrifying site of handmaids who have been silenced by having rings put through their mouths. But whereas Game of Thrones season 8 rushed from one earth-shattering change to the next, The Handmaid’s Tale is stuck in the mud.

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2019-07-13 06:07:39

Hannah Shaw-Williams

Marvel’s Black Widow Movie Casts Handmaid’s Tale Actor O-T Fagbenle

O-T Fagbenle has joined the cast of Marvel’s Black Widow solo movie. This month’s Avengers: Endgame will bring Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a close and conclude what’s been referred to as the Infinity Saga – an overarching storyline that goes all the way back to 2008’s Iron Man. In an effort to avoid spoiling anything about Endgame ahead of time, Marvel Studios has been holding off on revealing concrete details about what it has planned for Phase 4. In fact, for the time being, Spider-Man: Far From Home is the only MCU film with a release date besides Endgame.

That said, one of the Phase 4 movies that’s in active development at the moment is Black Widow, a solo adventure featuring Scarlett Johansson as the KGB spy/assassin-turned SHIELD agent and, ultimately, Avenger Natasha Romanoff aka. Black Widow. The film is currently in the midst of filling out its cast and has already recruited Florence Pugh (Fighting with My Family) and David Harbour (Stranger Things) to play leading roles. Now, it appears the film may’ve filled another key role.

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According to Deadline, Fagbenle has reached a deal to play as an-yet undisclosed role in Black Widow. The film is slated to begin shooting in June, with Cate Shortland (Lore) directing from a screenplay that was written by Jac Schaeffer (The Hustle) and later revised by Ned Benson (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby).

Like so much of Phase 4, there’s a lot that’s unclear about Black Widow at the moment. It’s been rumored that the film takes place prior to the original Iron Man (a la last month’s Captain Marvel), but it could just as easily be set after Endgame and explore Natasha’s past via flashbacks. Similarly, it’s possible that Fagbenle is playing the villainous character that André Holland reportedly auditioned for, but he could just as well be tackling a different role altogether, either heroic or antagonistic in nature. Either way, the actor is another worthy addition to the movie’s cast, and comes from an impressive background that includes roles in acclaimed TV shows like HBO’s Looking and, most recently, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, on top of his award-winning work on-stage at the Royal National Theatre.

With Endgame just a couple weeks away now, it might not be much longer before some official details on Black Widow (like its release date) are made available. The film’s cast is shaping up nicely in the meantime, and may yet add Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz to its ranks – assuming the recent reports of her being in talks pan out. Again, we don’t know a lot about Phase 4, but what we have learned is encouraging so far. And for the fans who’ve spent much of the past decade waiting for Marvel to finally give Natasha a solo vehicle of her own, that’s undoubtedly welcome news.

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2019-04-10 02:04:14

Sandy Schaefer

The Handmaid’s Tale Characters Sorted Into Their Hogwarts Houses

At Hogwarts, the Sorting Hat is all-powerful. When it decrees what house a student belongs to, there is no room for discussion or debate from student, professor, or even Dumbledore himself. Students belong in their assigned houses – Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin – based on their personality traits and roles in society. Maybe they’ll be happy in their prescribed houses; maybe they won’t. That really doesn’t matter. In Harry Potter, the word of the Sorting Hat is final.

This is a rose-colored version of the Republic of Gilead. Gilead, formerly the United States, is a totalitarian republic under which most of The Handmaid’s Tale characters live. People, particularly women, are forced to take on roles such as Wife, Handmaid, Martha, etc. In this brutal, dystopian society, failure to conform to your role could mean an array of sadistic punishments, none of which involving a quick, easy death.

What if the Gilead powers-that-be chose to chill out a bit? Cancel the “Ceremonies”, give the executioners the day off, and just round everybody up to board the Hogwarts Express? Upon arrival, what houses would June, her friends, and her nemeses find themselves in? Only one way to find out.

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains major spoilers to events in the show thus far

10 June Osborne – Gryffindor

Any handmaid deserves to be in Gryffindor after having endured the atrocities forced upon them. June has been fighting a battle since the moment she arrived on the Waterfords’ doorstep. At first, it was to keep hope that her husband and daughter, separated from her, were still alive. Then, when she discovered they were, it was to fight tooth and nail to reconnect with them. It didn’t take much convincing for June to join Mayday, the resistance. Though facing unspeakable torture should she be caught, June has always persevered. She is so committed to the cause that when she had the opportunity to escape Gilead, June didn’t take it. She chose to stay behind and fight. Harry Potter and the Gryffindors would be proud.

This isn’t to say June doesn’t have her faults. While she’s shown superhuman-like self control to not explode at the repressive hell she lives in, she has been known to be impulsive and willful at times. As important as bravery is, so is learning the lesson that you play along to get along. At times, June can’t help but rise to the occasion after one of Serena’s verbal jabs. When the Commander hits her, June hits right back. While that may have arguably been the best moment of the show, it wasn’t the smart thing to do. June is lucky she’s not dead, though when that day comes, she’ll meet it head-on.

9 Fred Waterford – Slytherin

If a yuppie’s office and the Slytherin common room had a baby, it would be Fred Waterford’s private study. Though the Commander may present himself as a soft-spoken, pious man, he serves no God, human, or living creature, who isn’t himself. He formed a society that caters to his every whim, yet he stills breaks its rules. This is demonstrated when he takes June to Jezebels, an underground sex club frequented by other hypocritical commanders and their hostage handmaids.

Fred does show a flicker of something that resembles kindness, like when he gave June a picture of her daughter. But behind this act of generosity was a bribe for June to keep a more harmonious household. Fred sure doesn’t contribute to that himself. Of all the people in Gilead, Fred treats his wife Serena the worst. The husbands of Gilead are notorious for being dismissive and stepping out, but Fred kicks that up a notch, like when he beat Serena with a belt or when he ordered her finger to be cut off. Fred Waterford is the type of Slytherin who scares other Slytherins.

8 Serena Joy Waterford – Season 1: Slytherin/Season 2: Gryffindor

This isn’t how the Sorting Hat works. Once you’re placed in a house, you’re stuck there. Well, too bad. Serena has shown such tremendous character development over the course of Season 1 and 2, it’s impossible to keep her in Slytherin House. Yes, at the beginning Serena was a hellcat of the wickedest order. She was totally complicit with her husband in forming the oppressive world of Gilead, knowing that she would be destroying thousands of lives in the process. When all went according to plan—her plan—Serena still wasn’t satisfied. She grew jealous of the attention Fred paid to June and lashed out at her whenever an opportunity presented itself. Slytherin to the core.

RELATED: The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 Finale Explained

Then something happened. June got pregnant with “Serena’s” baby. Upcoming motherhood forced Serena to see Gilead for what it was, and that place is not friendly to females. She realized that for the good of her baby and subsequently all females, things needed to change. Serena started taking steps and, like most Gryffindors, didn’t stop to think about the consequences. In her case, one such consequence was loss of a finger. When Serena gave up the baby she so desperately wanted in hopes that it could have a safer future, this was an act of sheer bravery. Serena now belongs in House Gryffindor.

7 Aunt Lydia – Hufflepuff

Take a deep breath. Maybe several. When you’re ready, keep reading.

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Aunt Lydia is a tyrant. She rules with fear and punishes with ferocity. Why isn’t she a Slytherin? Slytherins are cunning people who’ll do anything to get what they want, even if it means breaking the rules. Aunt Lydia wouldn’t know how to break a rule if she tried. When a handmaid steps out of line, Aunt Lydia doesn’t torture her just for fun; she truly believes she is doing her job and teaching the handmaid a lesson. Her handmaids rebel time and again, so Aunt Lydia punishes them and in her own twisted, beyond-sick way, believes she loves them. Once, she ordered Janine to have her eye gouged out; episodes later, Aunt Lydia is lobbying for Janine to be able to participate in a feast with other handmaids, even though she’s “marked”. In other words, Aunt Lydia is patient, loyal, and hard-working. She’s a Hufflepuff alright, albeit a scary one.

6 Nick Blaine – Ravenclaw

How does Nick survive Gilead? He keeps his wits about him. In the early days, Nick made friends with the right people, including Commander Waterford, making himself seem like a loyal, invaluable member to the cause…despite Nick personally disagreeing with the Commander’s puritanical beliefs. With such a sterling reputation, Nick was able to join Mayday without anyone being the wiser.

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Much like a Ravenclaw, he uses his cool intellect to see his plans through. Though Nick has weaknesses, mainly for June, he remains a paragon of composure. Nick puts his life on the line repeatedly, but only after meticulously thinking the plan through. A Ravenclaw like Nick is a good person for Mayday to have on their side.

5 Moira – Gryffindor

In the beginning of the Gilead takeover, everyone and their pet goldfish was trying to escape. Making a run for it, post-takeover? That’s bravery bordering on recklessness, aka Gryffindor’s specialty. Moira, dressed as an Aunt, tried to escape the Red Center, June in tow. June got busted but Moira escaped…or so she thought. She was caught and given a choice, work herself to death in the Colonies or become a prostitute at Jezebels. She chose the latter. Moira allowed the debaucherous life to wash over her for a while, but a re-connection with June lit a fire under Moira, motivating her to run again. Hufflepuffs and Ravenclaws would have stayed put; Slytherins would have killed their enemies just for fun; but a true Gryffindor throws caution to the wind. Moira is now living free in Canada, all thanks to her courage.

4 Luke Bankole – Hufflepuff

Luke is a loyal, steady guy. Ask anyone (except his first wife). When the world was crumbling around him and his family as Gilead gained power, Luke held it together. He knew he couldn’t empathize with the state-approved misogyny faced by June, Moira, and other women, so he kept his mouth shut and listened.

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Luke is one of the lucky ones, who was able to escape into Canada. Throughout his journey, he took risks only when necessary. Luke is not a slave to blind action. Now living in “Little America”, Toronto, Luke is a calming presence to traumatized refugees, including Moira, whom he reconnects with. In the fight against Gilead, steady hands are needed just as much as valiant warriors.

3 Rita – Ravenclaw

Though Rita keeps her head down and does her work, she is no willing servant in the Republic of Gilead. As the Martha, a domestic servant, of the Waterford home, Rita runs a tight ship. Her hands are always moving and she is never off her feet. Meaning, she’s playing by the rules to ensure survival.

However, when the Waterfords’ backs are turned, Rita doesn’t rest on her laurels. She’s a member of Mayday and she is moving and shaking faster than she can chop an onion. Like Nick, Rita’s intelligent and always one step ahead of everyone else, never in danger of getting caught. A true Ravenclaw waits for the perfect moment to strike. Rita displays this ability several times, like when she smuggled June a stack of letters, or when she helped her and her new baby escape the Waterford home.

2 Janine – Hufflepuff

Hufflepuffs don’t need to prove anything to anybody. Gryffindors love to show off their bravery; Ravenclaws, their smarts; Slytherins, their power. Not Hufflepuffs. They don’t care. Hufflepuffs have simple needs that, when met, provide contentment. Janine is one of those people. Though her mind is irrevocably altered after repeated torture, she is the one with the brightest spirit. All she wants is her baby.

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Hufflepuffs instill love in people they didn’t know possible. When the Handmaids were ordered to stone Janine to death, they all refused out of love for her. It’s not just anyone who can inspire such a blatant act of rebellion. Janine brims with love and kindness, making her a supreme Hufflepuff.

1 Emily – Gryffindor

Somehow, by the fates of the moons and the stars and the suns and who knows what, Emily is still alive. The woman is unstoppable. After a castration and the gruelling hardships of the Colonies, anyone else would throw in the towel. Not Emily. She keeps fighting—even at times she shouldn’t—and that’s what makes her a Gryffindor. This is the Handmaid who stole a car and ran over a bunch of guards in broad daylight for fun. It could have cost her her life, but Emily didn’t care. What is life, even life in Gilead, without taking a chance and throwing caution to the wind?

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2019-04-03 05:04:20

Liz Hersey

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Sexy Handmaid’s Tale Costume Removed From Online Stores After Backlash

A sexy version of the titular costume from Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale was removed from a popular Halloween costume and lingerie online store following social media backlash. Yandy put the “Brave Red Maiden Costume” on sale yesterday. The overwhelmingly negative response poured in within hours.

The Emmy-awarding winning TV hit adapted from Margaret Atwood’s famous dystopian novel tells the story of a future in which women’s rights have been stripped away by a zealously pious, patriarchal, right-wing government. The series follows Offred/June (Elisabeth Moss), who like all of the few fertile women in a time marred by ecological disaster and plague, lives as a Handmaid – a women purposed for breeding and replenishing the population. The series has received wide acclaim for the chilling resonance it’s achieved by paralleling present-day political turmoil. Among the many protests that the iconic red dress and white wings outfit has been spotted at, protesters dressed as Handmaids showed up during Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing earlier this month.

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Yandy put out a statement that their intentions were to support the theme of female empowerment in The Handmaid’s Tale. However, they’ve received a number of messages from people who feel that the costume sends a message to the contrary. Yandy said: “Our initial inspiration to create the piece was through witnessing its use in recent months as a powerful protest image. Given the sincere, heartfelt response, supported by numerous personal stories we’ve received, we are removing the costume from our site.” See the original costume below.

The costume was originally listed with a message imploring the wearer to “be bold and speak your mind.” It was retailed at $64.95, alongside lingerie-style Halloween costumes based on other famous female characters, such as Wonder Woman, Disney Princesses, and Jessica Rabbit. Some commentators defended the costume as a fun and ironic approach to promoting sexual freedom and empowerment. Detractors quickly pointed out that portraying characters who undergo egregious sexual assault as voluptuous completely misses the point of show itself.

Critics of the costume have expressed disbelief that Yandy launched the product, which can now be added to a long list of PR disasters resulting from tone-deaf advertisers in recent history. Kendall Jenner’s 2017 Pepsi commercial was widely panned as dismissive of police brutality concerns, while social media was quick to jump on the “Lady Doritos,” campaign as a vapid attempt to capitalize on conversations about gender equality. Costumes that are considered exploitative and inappropriate have long been contentious points of online debate. Season 1 of Netflix’s Dear White People deals with college students dressing in blackface, and the exploration of racism in academic institutions.

It’s probable that masses of people who’ve heard of The Handmaid’s Tale have yet to watch the series or read the book. Especially as Hulu invests in more projects that have constructively tackled issues of gender inequity and violence, such as the Veronica Mars revival, perhaps more viewers will be encouraged to start watching.

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2018-09-21 11:09:33 – Calvin Barr

Rumor: Supergirl Movie Eyes Handmaid’s Tale’s Reed Morano to Direct

A new rumor suggests that Warner Bros. Pictures is eyeing Reed Morano to direct their upcoming Supergirl movie. DC Films chief Walter Hamada has been making all sorts of changes behind the scenes every since taking over the studio’s DC movie division late last year, but one thing that he hasn’t changed is continuing to develop a flurry of movies, almost all of which are standalone films. One such movie was revealed earlier this month: Supergirl – a solo movie focusing on Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El.

It was reported that The Cloverfield Paradox and 22 Jump Street scribe Oren Uziel was hired to pen the screenplay for DC’s Supergirl movie, though it was unclear if that script would be an origin story or perhaps a spinoff of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. Since the project is early in development, the studio hasn’t hired anyone to direct or star in the movie in the title role as of yet. But in keeping with their apparent goal of hiring female directors to helm female-led superhero movies, WB is very much hoping to hire a female filmmaker for the project – and it looks like they have identified a potential candidate.

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GWW reports that WB is eyeing Reed Morano to direct the Supergirl movie, but a meeting hasn’t happened yet; therefore, no offer has been made. Morano has been a well-known cinematographer in the industry, but she recently made the jump to directing by helming a few episodes of Showtime’s Billions as well as Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, for which she won an Emmy award in 2017. She also directed her second feature film, I Think We’re Alone Now, starring Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning, a science fiction film which releases in theaters this September.

Given her recent track record, it isn’t surprising that WB would be looking at someone like Morano to helm Supergirl. However, seeing as no meeting has taken place yet, it’s safe to say that the project is still a long way off from happening. If hired, Morano would join Wonder Woman‘s Patty Jenkins and Birds of Prey‘s Cathy Yan as the DC movie universe’s female directors. And putting more female-driven superhero projects into development is something that Marvel Studios is starting to do as well, having hired Anna Boden to co-direct Captain Marvel, with Cate Shortland taking on the Black Widow movie.

While the Supergirl movie continues to gestate behind the scenes, DC Films will push forward with production for Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984, as well as start prepping for Todd Phillips’ Joker, Yan’s Birds of Prey, and Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley’s The Flash. Of course, those aren’t the only projects in the works, but they are the only ones with plans to start filming soon. Who knows, it’s possible Supergirl could wind up on that list sooner rather than later.

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