‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Creator Reveals Why Offred Made *That* Decision in the Season 2 Finale

*Warning: Spoilers ahead*

If you watched the season two finale of The Handmaid’s Tale, then you’re probably still trying to process why June would possibly want to stay in Gilead. 

Thankfully, show creator Bruce Miller has an explanation that we can actually get behind: It’s her maternal instinct.

“All we want is for her to get out. So even though story-wise you want to do one thing, emotionally all you want is [to do the] other,” Miller told reporters during a conference call about the shocking finale.

The showrunner of the hit Hulu show went on to explain, “Once we started to feel the kind of deep vein of regret that Offred [Elisabeth Moss] was feeling, or June, was feeling at the prospect of leaving Hannah [Jordana Blake] behind, and how it was tearing her apart…After she kinda was faced with the idea of, ‘I am gonna be able to get one child to safety,’ and not, ‘I just have to decide what to do myself.’ And so, I don’t think it’s a choice about whether you’re going to stay behind to try to rescue either child, I think it’s a need to. I wouldn’t be able to leave one of my children behind.”

Miller shed some more light on his decision to totally throw HMT fans for a loop, saying, “When we got to it, it felt very natural to the character. It is an impossible choice, but we are faced with those all the time, so it is interesting to see what she does.” 

If anything could keep a handmaid in Gilead, it’s definitely a mother’s love. Let’s hope that helps Offred and Hannah get out in season three of The Handmaid’s Tale.

Blessed be the maternal instincts.


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