The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 2, Episode 13: Finale Re-Cap

Spoiler alert: this recap contains spoilers for The Handmaid’s Tale, season 2 – episode 13

Two slaps, a stabbing and a fall down the staircase, a fire, a plot twist, an alliance formed, two escapes which could have been three and THAT is a cliffhanger ladies and gentlemen – oh wait, I forgot the chopped finger, ouch!

The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 finale has not long aired and has left fans with mixed reactions.


The oppression in Gilead is brutal, but in the Waterford house it seems they just won’t stop making her life hell now that she’s no longer pregnant. June is offered an escape route, takes the opportunity and Nicole with her but on her way out, Serena stops them, begging them to stay in an emotional scene. Thankfully after what seemed like years of me screaming to run before she’s caught, Serena lets her go for a better life, knowing full well her daughter cannot he brought up in a world like this…which is weird because she helped to created Gilead after all. God dammit, Serena!

Although this will be interesting when Fred realises his daughter is gone, unless Nick keeps him locked up or held at gun point.

June obviously decided not to escape but gave her daughter to Emily, presumably to find Hannah and be part of the resistance.

Many understandably were upset that June decided not to go given the risk people took to help her, yet she couldn’t exactly leave her daughter in Gilead, could she!?

As much as we want June to be happy and leave the sh*tty place, we can’t exactly have a show where June is happy with her and Nicole yet Nick and Hannah (including other Handmaids & Marthas) are stuck in the dystopian hell.


Emily’s commander, Joseph, refused to perform the ‘ceremony’ with her so the next day when Aunt Lydia checks up on her and was told the commander said it went well, she stood in silence, dumbfounded he lied.

That brings us on to Emily’s stabbing – which shocked me because I thought she just pulled her hair from what I saw in the promo. Emil, riled up by Aunt Lydia blathering on and on about a whole bunch of bulls**t, stabbed her, kicked her and threw that b*tch down the stairs #girlpower amiright?

After isolating Emily in her room, Joseph drags her to the car where presumably she would be sent back to the Colonies or to be hung. But luckily in a turn of events, he drives her to safety. This is where June hands over the baby and asks her to call her Nicole, knowing a better life is waiting.

Instead of “I’m sorry Aunt Lydia” what about “I’m sorry Aunt Lydia but hey, Karma’s a bitch, right?”

Now for *that* fire, I actually thought it was a distraction to burn Aunt Lydia’s body. That way they won’t know she was murdered and it will just seem like an accident. Rumours say she survives which I’m not too mad about because it will be very interesting what happens next and hopefully get her backstory. Will she remember who stabbed her? Will she go after Emily?

But, hey on the bright side…maybe Emily will see her wife and son again!


In the finale, much like the past few episodes of the series, Serena is slowly starting to see that the world she helped create isn’t suitable to raise a child in.

Eden’s death evidently upset her, not to mention the bible with Eden’s notes, questioning the word of God and Gilead in her illegal bible. She was 15 and brainwashed by this place to which June furiously said “How are you going to keep her safe?” knowing Serena’s answer – she can’t keep her safe.

We were shocked to learn Eden’s own father turned her over, resulting in her death. Much like the way she spoke to Serena in the greenhouse, June asks Fred “What are you going to do when they come for your daughter?”

To add fuel to the fire (no, not that fire), Serena then appeals to the other wives about their children’s futures and form an army as they attend a ‘hearing’ proposing lifting prohibitions on women from reading…which then makes Serena read from the Bible and results in her finger being chopped off.

If you remember last years resistance when the girls wouldn’t throw stones at Janine, this one tops that (if it’s even possible). The Martha’s come together to pass June and Nicole from house to house until they arrived safely at the pick-up point.

But when Fred noticed Nicole went missing during the fire, he ran straight up to June’s room and I think June was serious when she said “Go f*ck yourself Fred.”

Translation: “Don’t let the bastards get you down.”

So now we await the eagerly anticipated season 3, what do you think will happen now the resistance is in full swing?



  1. Jasmin
    17th August 2018 / 6:31 PM

    Can’t believe I still haven’t watched any of the episodes of this series! It’s been on my to-watch list for ages now!

    lots of love, Jasmin

    • Sophie
      17th August 2018 / 6:37 PM

      Do it!!! But take your time because Season 3 is ages away ??

    • Sophie
      17th August 2018 / 7:04 PM

      Doooo ittttt! 😀 So worth it. Hard to watch but such an important message x

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