It’s fair to say The Handmaid’s Tale has taken the world by storm, and for good reason. The acclaimed show is currently part way through its third season, gripping viewers to the story of Gilead, and inspiring the award-winning SBS podcast, Eyes on Gilead.
Now is your last chance to catch season 2, which is streaming at SBS On Demand until midnight 31 July. The Handmaid’s Tale is also streaming in Chinese.
Season 2 is shaped by Offred’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from Gilead’s dystopian horrors.
Episode 1 – ‘June’
Offred reckons with the consequences of a dangerous decision while haunted by memories from her past and the violent beginnings of Gilead.
Episode 2 – ‘Unwomen’
Offred adjusts to a new way of life. The arrival of an unexpected person disrupts the Colonies. A family is torn apart by the rise of Gilead.
Episode 3 – ‘Baggage’
Offred reflects on her relationship with her mother as she navigates her way through Gilead. In Little America, Moira tries to cope with the trauma she endured.
Episode 4 – ‘Other Women’
A baby shower provokes a troubling shift in Offred’s relationship with Serena Joy. Offred reckons with the choice she made that led her to become a Handmaid.
Episode 5 – ‘Seeds’
Offred spirals as a Gilead ceremony disrupts her relationship with Nick. Janine tries to adjust to life in the Colonies, jeopardising her friendship with Emily.
Episode 6 – ‘First Blood’
Offred finds unexpected allies and obstacles in her search for a way to protect Hannah. The Commander prepares for the dedication of a new Red Centre. Nick struggles with his new assignation.
Episode 7 – ‘After’
An attack sends shockwaves through both Gilead and Little America. Serena Joy makes a dangerous choice in order to protect her family. Moira searches for someone from her past.
Episode 8 – ‘Women’s Work’
A sick baby tests Offred and Serena. Janine finally faces Naomi. The Commander struggles to recover from a terrifying ordeal.
Episode 9 – ‘Smart Power’
The Waterfords embark on a diplomatic trip abroad. Serena faces the temptation of life outside Gilead. Luke and Moira grapple with survivors’ guilt. Offred seeks support from allies.
Episode 10 – ‘The Last Ceremony’
A frustrated Serena becomes desperate. The Commander tries to make amends with Offred. Nick pushes Eden farther away. Offred is faced with an unexpected reunion.
Episode 11 – ‘Holly’
Offred faces a gruelling challenge alone as she recalls her life as a mother. Serena Joy and the Commander deal with the fallout of their actions towards Offred.
Episode 12 – ‘Postpartum’
Offred is sent to a familiar place. Nick is rocked by Gilead’s brutal response to a crime. Emily is assigned to a mysterious new house.
Episode 13 – ‘The Word’
Serena and the other Wives strive to make change. Emily learns more about her new Commander. Offred faces a difficult decision.
Season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale continues on Thursday nights at 8:30pm on SBS, with episodes available at SBS On Demand after broadcast.
We have just watched episode 9 of The Handmaid's Tale season 3, which is called 'Heroic': Confined in a hospital, June’s sanity begins to fray, and an encounter with Serena Joy forces June to reassess her recent actions. We all have complicated feelings about this episode, and about the treatment of the character of Ofmatthew. There is a lot to unpack in this one, so let's get to it.
In a special Eyes on Gilead podcast, Fiona, Haidee, and Natalie interview the showrunner of The Handmaid's Tale, Bruce Miller. He offers some great insights into the thinking that goes into making the show and the challenges they face in making it. Miller is a warm, gracious guest and it is a thrill to present this special conversation.