*Warning: Spoilers ahead*
Last week we theorized that baby Nicole would cause international tensions between Canada and Gilead. That came true in yesterday’s episode of The Handmaid’s Tale when the Waterfords requested that Canada return Nicole to their care. While this will surely be a storyline that continues to play out over the remainder of the season, it’s important to remember that there’s a whole other component to this political drama: Emily’s (Alexis Bledel) involvement.
As we learned in season three, episode five, Gilead doesn’t have extradition rights in Canada. So, they can’t exactly just take back baby Nicole. But Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) did say Nicole was kidnapped in his public address, which technically makes Emily a criminal. It’s unlikely that Canada will return Nicole to Gilead, and although they probably will see Emily as a hero more than a kidnapper, it is possible they would hand her over to Gilead in place of the baby.
And it seems that this theory might really hold water. The Handmaid’s Tale executive producer Warren Littlefield told Entertainment Tonight, “Just because you’re free doesn’t mean you don’t carry the scars of Gilead with you.”
He went on to note that “Emily’s journey to freedom” is tangled up in the tenuous diplomacy and continuing negotiations between Canada and Gilead. Whether he’s referencing the relationship the two countries have had thus far in the series or the one they’re working to in coming episodes is unclear, but something tells us it’s the latter.
We’ll have to wait and see when The Handmaid’s Tale season three, episode six becomes available on Hulu next Wednesday, June 26.