Spoilers forward for “The Handmaid’s Story” Season 2 finale.
Properly, that occurred.
“The Handmaid’s Story” ended Season 2 Wednesday on Hulu with a scintillating finale through which evil Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) was stabbed within the again, actually, and Offred/June (Elisabeth Moss) was on her manner (lastly!) to escaping Gilead’s dystopian hell with Holly, her child daughter with Nick (Max Minghella).
However, on the final minute, June handed Holly over to fleeing fellow handmaid Ofglen/Emily (Alexis Bledel). “Name her Nicole,” she instructed Ofglen, utilizing the infant’s Gilead title. “Inform her I really like her.” June then purposefully pulled her handmaid’s bonnet up and strode again into Gilead for Season 3.
Maybe the episode’s largest game-changer was the emotionally charged scene through which Serena Pleasure (Yvonne Strahovski) caught June escaping along with her child — and allowed it to occur. “Let me maintain her so I can say goodbye,” a weeping Serena stated to June in a shocking emotional turnaround.
“I keep in mind studying the script and I used to be sobbing like a child,” says Strahovski. “It’s actually emotional … and to me, it’s very redeeming [for Serena]. It reveals that she’s realized that ‘My child lady isn’t going to have the ability to develop up right here on this fantasy the way in which I feel she’s going to’ and that it’s not all going to be peaches and roses, clearly.”
Earlier within the episode, Serena’s pinky was chopped off — punishment for studying from the Bible to Gilead’s elders led by her husband, Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes). “Look what occurred to Serena,” Strahovski says. “You assume somebody like Serena is protected and she or he’s not protected … so how on earth may her child lady be protected in that atmosphere?
“That was a really emotional night,” she says of taking pictures the scene with Moss. “It was very late, most likely Three within the morning, when Lizzy and I have been doing that scene in Hamilton [Toronto] on the Waterford home. It was a really chilly evening — and, gosh, I used to be so touched by the scene and simply how emotional it could be for somebody like Serena to surrender her one dream. It’s fascinating to see the place it goes as a result of that’s actually been the one factor she’s been holding on to along with her crumbling marriage and her crumbling life — and now seeing she actually has nobody and nothing to carry on to anymore. It’s nearly like her last-ditch effort to attempt to make the world higher after this complete mess that she’s been part of and created by being one of many architects of Gilead.
“It’s a fantastic second, however it’s additionally pathetic in numerous methods.”
Sarcastically, the Australian-born Strahovski, 35, and her husband, Tim Loden, discovered she was pregnant after she shot the season’s eighth episode (the infant is due in September). “I did form of actively attempt to take away my very own being pregnant from linking it to the present,” she says. “I’d all the time been fearful that if I did fall pregnant whereas I used to be taking part in a personality like Serena Pleasure, it could be too tumultuous for the infant rising within me — Serena is such an up-and-down character, so full-on and brutal.”
Strahovski says she’s “walked a high quality line” taking part in Serena the previous two seasons.
“It’s one thing I grappled with in Season 1 as a result of it felt bizarre to be this individual,” she says. “I’ve to totally justify her and her actions and actually perceive her and, if I step again and take a look at her from the surface, I too despise her and don’t agree along with her. I feel that’s all the time been the baseline for me — the emotional tragedy that’s inside her primarily based on her circumstances and her lack of belief in her marriage and the very fact … she doesn’t really have a good friend … and her Jekyll-and-Hyde methods of lashing out as a result of there’s no different outlet and it’s a crazy-making atmosphere.
“Individuals hate Serena however in addition they get confused typically and really feel sorry for her, which is a superb place to be [as an actor],” she says. “It retains me on my toes.”