Every Single Episode Recap from ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 3

If there’s one thing we can say about The Handmaid’s Tale it’s that the Hulu series starring Elisabeth Moss just keeps getting better. Case in point? Season three. So, whether you’re catching up or want to relive every gruesome episode, enjoy this complete collection of season three recaps. Praise be. 

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Season 3 Premiere Recap: Burn Baby Burn

June (Moss) deals with the fallout of her botched escape and goes to extraordinary lengths to see her daughter Hannah (Jordana Blake). 

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Episode 2 Recap: ‘it’s Your Funeral’

June reintegrates herself into the Resistance, but her actions come at a cost. 

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Episode 3 Recap: Decisions, Decisions

After pushing Commander Lawrence (Bradley Whitford) too far, June is forced to make an impossible decision that will impact many, many lives. Can she do it?

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Episode 4 Recap: ‘be A Good Girl’

June tries to help Serena (Yvonne Strahovski) reclaim her power, until a simultaneously exciting and devastating piece of news threatens to put them at odds again. 

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Episode 5 Recap: The Inevitable Happens

Serena and Commander Waterford pressure June to contact someone from her past as a favor to them, but it does more harm than good.

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Episode 6 Recap: A Whole New Level Of Terror

June accompanies the Waterfords to Washington, D.C., where they continue talks about returning baby Nicole to Gilead. While there, June witnesses how far Gilead will go to silence women and learns that Nick (Max Minghella) isn't who she thought he was. 

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Episode 7 Recap: Grave Consequences

While June sets about plotting her escape from Gilead (again), the Waterfords settle into the newfound power they have in Washington, D.C.

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Episode 8 Recap: Nobody Likes A Crybaby

We learn Aunt Lydia’s backstory and watch as a sequence of events pushes Ofmathew to her breaking point. 

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Episode 9 Recap: Worse Than Solitary Confinement

June becomes unhinged after she’s forced to pay for her part in Ofmathew’s new situation. Not surprisingly, she lashes out at Serena because of it. On the bright side, she finds her new purpose in Gilead.

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Episode 10 Recap: Muffins Mean Yes

June decides to put a life-changing plan into action that will impact not only her, but many others in Gilead. Meanwhile, Serena and Commander Waterford decide to take baby Nicole’s fate into their own hands. 

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Episode 11 Recap: Karma Comes For Commander Waterford

Serena betrays her husband in the most unexpected of ways and June returns to Jezebels to ask for help. Unfortunately, she runs into a familiar face.

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Episode 12 Recap: Betrayal

Serena shows Commander Waterford her true colors and struggles to come to terms with the relationship she’ll have with baby Nicole. Meanwhile, June makes an alarmingly cold choice to ensure her get-the-children-out mission goes according to plan. 

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Season 3 Finale Recap: 52 Children

In the season three finale, we learn if June will be successful in her endeavor to get 52 children out of Gilead. And if she is, at what cost will her victory come? In Canada, Serena learns the meaning of payback. 


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