Another day, another Gilead 'salvaging' (in The Handmaid's Tale episode 7). (SBS)

We have just watched episode 7 of The Handmaid's Tale season three, which is called 'Under His Eye'. In this episode: June escalates her risky efforts to find Hannah, and her efforts have tragic consequences; Emily must face her past crimes as the ongoing international diplomatic crisis becomes more complicated; and Serena and Fred contemplate their future in Washington. This is a gruesome episode that shows how efficient Gilead has become at killing people, and boundaries are coming down in the best and worst possible ways. We recap and speculate about what comes next, and feature an interview with the episode's director and show executive producer, Mike Barker, who gives fascinating insight into making The Handmaid's Tale, as he prepares to shoot that creepy tango scene. 

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Presented by
Fiona Williams, Natalie Hambly, Sana Qadar, Haidee Ireland
Published on
Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 17:00
File size
45.6 MB
57 min 1 sec

This week's instalment of Australia's award-winning Handmaid's Tale companion podcast, Eyes On Gilead, features an interview with director and executive producer, Mike Barker. The interview was recorded on the set of episode 7, just before Serena and Fred took to the floor to do that tango. We get so many insights into this episode and into the season-to-date. You won't want to miss it. 

Highlights of the interview include:

  • On working with Elisabeth Moss: "We have an incredibly frank relationship about everything in a way that I've never had before with anybody. Which can be good and bad, but it's fantastic."
  • On complaints that the show goes too far: "Usually when my mum says, "Oh, I can't watch it anymore," that's when I know..."
  • On the song choices within each episode: "It's always the most contentious choice of every single conversation."

Listen to the full interview within this week's Eyes On Gilead:



  • Eyes on Gilead is produced by Fiona Williams with audio editing and mixing by Jeremy Wilmot
  • Theme song: 'You Don't Own Me' from 'Girl Garage 2' 

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