What is the handmaid’s tale?
The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel written by Margaret Atwood and published in 1985. It tells the story of Offred, who lives in what was once Boston but has now become part of a fundamentalist society called Gilead which treats women as property of the state and not people.
The latest season of The Handmaid’s Tale came out on April 26th, 2019 to mixed reviews from fans and critics alike. We’ll review all that went down in Season 4 including spoilers, to decide for yourself if it was worth watching!
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There are only thirteen episodes in this season so each episode is at least an hour-long, which can be exhausting but enjoyable because you get through the whole thing fairly quickly without feeling like it’s dragging on too much. There were also plenty of tear-jerking moments that had me bawling my eyes out for some time after I watched them (which may or may not have made watching subsequent episodes difficult). Overall though, I thought people would enjoy The Handmaid’s Tale Season Four Review as well as all previous seasons if they haven’t seen them yet.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season four was released on April 26th and wrapped up the series with a two-hour finale that finally gave some closure to fans. There were many changes in this season, which is not always what people want when it comes to adaptations of books they know so well. The questions are now open for how you feel about the final season of The Handmaid’s Tale.
The season started with a time jump and the first episode played out like an introduction to dystopia. The world is in shambles, but it’s not as bleak as before. We were introduced to new characters that we never got to know much about including Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) who was captured by Gilead rebels and given shelter because she still had value for the regime due to her knowledge of handmaids’ training techniques and all you could do is stare at the screen wondering what these women would be subjected to next.
There are two main themes present throughout Season four: survival versus submission – or freedom from oppression no matter how difficult surviving becomes; and holding onto hope even when there seems nothing left worth fighting for.
The season is not only faithful to the book but also divided into sections as in Margaret Atwood’s original text. I was relieved that they did this because it would have been difficult for someone who has never read The Handmaid’s Tale by reading just one episode a week on TV and then having to wait another week before continuing on with the storyline.
Now let me summarize my thoughts about what happened during Season four of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Episode One: we were introduced to new characters that we never got to know much about including Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) who was captured by Gilead rebels and given shelter because she still had value for the regime due to her knowledge of the Bible and her discipline of handmaids.
Episode Two: June’s (Elisabeth Moss) Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) was fired for treason after he tried to assassinate Gilead’s supreme commander, General Lawrence Hyde (Brennan Brown).
There were many other storylines included in this season that I could go on about, but it would make the blog post too long so I won’t mention them all here. We’ll just leave it at that Season four of “The Handmaid’s Tale” is a masterpiece!
while not perfect because there are still aspects left open-ended and unanswered we can only hope will be answered in future seasons or movies; even with these flaws, The Handmaid’s Tale is still one of the best shows out there.
Ratings for the season:
Season four has an overall rating of ★★★★☆ or a five out of five, with the season finale receiving a perfect review.
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