Hulu’s The Handmaid Tale season 5 dropped episode 6 on the streaming service today, October 12th. Last week’s episode really gave us nothing and could be wrapped up in 15 minutes with a cliffhanger of an ending that had both Luke and June captured. So, this week will have all fans running to HULU to see what exactly happens to the couple, and we finally have the next episode, episode 6, today. Here is the entire recap and review. Check out The Handmaid’s Tale season 5 episode 6 recap and review.
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The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 Episode 6 Recap
Disclaimer: The following consists of many spoilers from The Handmaid’s Tale season 5 episode 6. If you only wish to read the review, please skip this recap and scroll to the next section.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 Episode 6 begins right where episode 5 left off, with June and Luke captured. This isn’t June’s first rodeo with trouble, as she remains calm while Luke is rattled and tries to find out who took them. They seem to be within No Man’s Land, but these details are not confirmed.
Meanwhile, Serena is due for an ultrasound but is surprised when the doctor arrives and she’s not taken to the hospital. It seems the Wheeler’s do not want her leaving the house and made arrangements to do everything possible to keep her inside, even setting up an entire bithing quit with ultrasound technology in their home. To top it off, her doctor, Alan, is definitely a Gilead sympathizer.
Back at Gilead, Lydia learns that Esther is 3 weeks pregnant. Esther claims Putnam raped her and the timing seems off for Lydia as well, considering she was not appointed to Commander Warren Putnam at the time of conception. This also explains why she tried to commit suicide as well. Lydia believes Ester and apologizes, but Esther pays no mind, pointing out that all the Commanders do this and it’s nothing new. Lydia immediately goes to Joseph Lawrence and tells him about the accusation. Lawrence doesn’t seem bothered by this and says no sin has been committed. Despite what Lawrence tells Lydia, he does bring his concerns to Warren, who tells him that the plans he had for New Bethlehem are dead. Lawrence brings up the rape accusation, but Warren simply sees it as a “pleasure” he’s welcome to.
Mr. Wheeler tells Serena that his team has June Osbourne in No Man’s Land, and he promises that she doesn’t need to worry about them anymore. He tells her he sent Ezra to deal with her, basically saying he was going to have her killed. Serena wants to go too and bear witness to her death. While that is happening, Luke is removed from his cell and beaten in front of June. June is beyond angry and questions their intentions. Eventually, Luke and June are separated and put into separate vehicles.
The news of Warren Putnam’s rape makes it across Gilead, with judging eyes over the couple at breakfast. Armed guards show up and remove him from his home. Outside, Joseph Lawrence and Nick Blaine greet him, as he drops to his knees. They inform him that the high criminal court of Gilead has found him guilty of rape of unassigned property. Warren is shot in the head and strung up on the wall. Lydia brings the Handmaids to the wall to see his dead body, declaring that justice was served. Janine states that she wished she was there to see it happen.
The episode ends with June being taken off the bus she’s been chained to and finding herself face-to-face with Serena. Serena demands Ezra give her the gun so she can shoot June. She then turns to June and tells her to pray, to which June prays for her children to live a life of peace. Serena ends the prayer with an “amen” and turns to Ezra and shoots him in the chest. Weeping, Serena yells at June to get into the car as she gets into the back seat and forces June to drive.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 Episode 6 Review
After last week’s episode of The Handmaid’s Tale season 5, which was pretty much about nothing, episode 6 starts off and ends with a bang. Many of the women we have come to expect to side with Gilead, like Aunt Lydia and Serena, are seeing things a bit differently, especially Serena, who is coming to the realization that she is a prisoner of Gilead. Despite everything, Serena is trusted by the Wheelers and Ezra, who surprisingly gives up his gun to her, and she takes advantage of the opportunity to escape Gilead.
Aunt Lydia’s tranformation seems to be a slower process, as she has proven that she is devoted to the Handmaid’s under her care. Although it sometimes seems that it’s two steps forward and one step back where Lydia is concerned, seeing that those in power at Gilead carried out the justice she asked for. Will this hamper Lydia from breaking all ties with Gilead? We will see.
This episode brought viewers a lot more towards the storyline and action, as last week was a lot of nothing until the cliffhanger ending. While this episode ends with another cliffhanger, because that is how this series loves to play with viewers’ emotions, there was also so much to unravel and has audiences waiting with baited breath for next week’s episode to drop.