'The Handmaid's Tale' delivers a major shock in its fourth-season finale

다음은 스포일러가 포함되어 있습니다. “시녀의 이야기” fourth-season finale.

After at times feeling like Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown in terms of its narrative arc, “시녀의 이야기” delivered a season finale that closed a key chapter while providing the central character, 유월, with what she has clearly craved from the outset of the latest season: Revenge.

A good mother would be able to let go,” 유월 (Elisabeth Moss) said early during the final hour, confessing a failing in herself, from that perspective, before engineering what was surely the most cathartic moment the series has produced: The brutal execution of Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) by the women that he had victimized in Gilead, led by June, who wore the remnants of that act on her face as she returned to cradle her baby.
That moment felt almost like a relief, after an unsupervised one-on-one meeting between June and Waterford that, 솔직히, strained credibility, as the fourth season periodically has. 아직도, no one can quite match Mosswho flexed her creative muscles by directing three of this season’s 10 에피소드 — in the look-of-absolute-hatred department, creating a palpable sense of tension that she was going to find some ingenious way to kill Waterford right then and there.
    대신, she managed to outwit him, arranging a prisoner exchange that returned him to Gilead, freed nearly two dozen women and still gave her and her friends the satisfaction of hunting him down like a wild animal.
      That scenario followed another questionable twist in the penultimate episodea recurring issue since the program has advanced beyond Margaret Atwood’s bookwith Waterford cooperating with his captors in order to secure his release. At first outraged by the prospect of her rapist walking free, June gathered herself to derail his bid for freedom, abetted by Commander Lawrence (Bradley Whitford) and Nick (Max Minghella).
        In what felt like a key line looking forward, Lawrence warned June that vengeance wouldn’t be enough for her. The changes she has experienced from her ordeal in Gilead have been evident throughout the season, among other things appearing to have seriously damaged her relationship with Luke (O-T Fagbenle), the big question being whether the rift is permanent or somehow salvageable.
          이미 renewed for a fifth season, “시녀의 이야기” has gradually morphed into a much different show than the one that became a cultural sensationwith red-cloaked women turning up at protests such as Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearingsand earned a best-drama Emmy, representing a breakthrough for Hulu (and indeed, streaming in general).
            When it looked like Waterford might actually get away with his scheme, June said bitterly that the world belongs toweak men.For those who have witnessed the horrors of Gilead over the past four seasons, there was surely a visceral thrill in seeing the triumph of strong and determined women, although where that leaves the seriesand practically speaking, what its writers can muster for an encore after thisis anybody’s guess.

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