Later, her contractions continue as she tries to deliver the baby on her own. Yelling at the top of her lungs and dripping in sweat, a montage plays of her first labor, the labor simulations they practiced in the Red Center and Janine (Madeline Brewer) giving birth while handmaids sang, “Breathe, breathe, breath. Push, push, push.” And then, a beautiful little crying baby is there in her arms and she whispers, “Hello there.” (Anyone else low-key crying?)
Cradling her newborn, Offred thinks back to the first time she held Hannah in her arms and how her mother arrived just after her birth. So, she names her new baby Holly. “You have a big sister. Her name is Hannah and one day you’re gonna meet her,” she promises her.
As the emotional episode closes, Offred muses off camera somewhere: “I keep going with this limping and mutilated story because I want you to hear it. As I will hear yours too if I ever get the chance, if I meet you or if you escape, in the future or in heaven. By telling you anything at all, I’m believing in you. I believe you into being. Because I’m telling you this story I will your existence. I tell, therefore you are.”
Car lights shine into the window, doors slam, and Offred whispers, “We did it, Holly,” before the end credits begin.
Was Offred telling her story to Hannah, Luke or perhaps another handmaid? We’ll just have to wait and see when The Handmaid’s Tale season two, episode 12 hits Hulu on Wednesday, July 4.
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