They both cry and June asks Aunt Lydia if she wants all Handmaids to be silenced. She says no. She goes on to say that the thing that keeps her going when she gets caught up in how terrible this world is, is that she might be able to do some good and help people. She thinks of June as a woman she could help. Then, they put on the muzzle together.
Later, June arrives at the now destroyed Lincoln Memorial. She considers how far things have devolved. Serena approaches her and suggests they drop all the passive aggressiveness. She says soon June will return home and she and Fred will stay in the capital. “We’ll finally be free of each other,” she says. But June disagrees. She says Serena will never be free of her until both of her children are safe. They trade insults and Serena tells June she should have put a ring in her mouth the day they met (the device Handmaids’ mouths are shut with). June tells her she should have let her burn when she had the chance.
Serena leaves and June hugs the destroyed memorial. She puts her muzzle back on and walks down toward the thousands of Handmaids gathered around the former Reflecting Pool in prayer. Commander Waterford begins his sermon and waits for June to kneel. When she finally does, all of the Handmaids follow her lead.