Hulu’s The Handmaid Tale season 5 dropped episode 7 on the streaming service today, October 19th. Last week’s episode had Serena and June sort of teaming up, when June was taken by Ezra and Serena, who turned the gun on him and shot him, then drove off with June. So, it picks right back up where it left off and focuses on the two women in today’s episode 7. Here is the entire recap and review. Check out The Handmaid’s Tale season 5 episode 7 recap and review.
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The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 Episode 7 Recap
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 Episode 7 begins right where episode 6 left off, with June and Serena on the road. June is driven at gun point by Serena, who goes into labor, although Jun doesn’t realize it yet and runs off to evade her capture. She finds a clearing and watches as Serena tries to crash her but crashes her car in a ditch. June sees this and comes to Serena’s aid. She finds an abandoned barn nearby and takes her there.
June realizes they are both stuck together in the barn since the car is stuck in the ditch, so she heads back inside the barn to help Serena deliver her baby. As Serena is in labor and June is faced with the dilemma of helping her or abandoning her, flashbacks of a birth they both attended in Gilead is interwoven in the most tense scenes. The flashback is from a time when both women were sent to the commander’s wife’s house for the birth of a baby. Serena is there to support the wife, June is there for the handmaid, Ofclarence. After the birth, the handmaid is bleeding heavily and she is operated on. The baby survives, but Ofclarence dies.
June once again tried to get the car out of the ditch, this time placing a mat under the wheel, which turned out to be successful. She returns to Serena, who is ready to deliver. June helps her through the labor and delivers a healthy baby boy. Serena decides to call her child Noah. There is a tense moment after the baby is born and June is holding him, where the audience is left wondering if June will kill the baby or let him live. She gives the baby back to Serena and the two discuss why June didn’t kill Serena when she had the chance. June admits she didn’t want to kill Serena, apparently.
Serena knows she has nothing left in Canada or Gilead, so she offers to give her child to June, to make him a better man than Fred ever was. Serena says it is God’s will, but June tells her she is going to save her and her baby. That was God’s will. June takes Serena into the hospital in Canada, where she calls Moira to let her know she’s safe. She then sees Luke in the waiting room, who tells her they let him go. He then informs June that he called the police on Serena and they showed up to detain her and place her baby in Child Protective Services. Serena screams for help, as they both watch and he softly says “justice” at the fact that Serena now knows what it’s like to have her baby taken from her.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 Episode 7 Review
After the cliffhanger that The Handmaid’s Tale season 5 episode 6 left viewers, where Serena and June were on the run after Serena shot Ezra, episode 7 is solely focused on the two women. It is a strange episode, as June still has a hatred for Serena, but as Serena goes into labor, she suddenly has second thoughts about killing her or her baby. Is it the emotions of giving birth that bond the two women? Why the flashback of her first experience of a childbirth in Gilead, one where the Handmaid dies but the women celebrate the birth of the baby instead, never mourning the dead Handmaid. This episode has viewers left with so many questions about the present and future of the two women’s lives.
The entire mission for June and Luke is to get back Hannah, and yet Hannah was only mentioned once at the end of the episode. Is episode 7 of The Handmaid’s Tale setting us up for a possible teaming up of June and Serena, after they bond somewhat from giving birth? Again, more questions. But it is hard to feel sorry for Serena, after the years of abuse and cruelty she has bestowed upon June. As she screams for her child at the end, the impossible seems to be done. As a mother who understands the mother-child bond, there is a bit of sympathy felt for her by the audience, and it is thought that June feels the same. We will soon find out next week, hopefully. Because if anyone can take down Gilead, it’s these two fierce women.