The Handmaid’s Tale is airing its third season right now and the show is getting crazier by the episode. Episode 6 “Household” aired on June 26 and the episode has been in talks for it was a deal breaker. However, everything that has made this show terrible yet fun to watch is faltering away.
The episode begins by showing the aftermath of the public appeal sent out by the Waterford. June sees the Marthas praying for the kid as opposed to the sight of the previous episode where Handmaids were rejoicing Nichole’s escape. While they pray for the safe return of Nichole June prays that their prayers go unanswered. Waterford has devised a plan of a week-long public prayer in D.C. to persuade the Canadians to return Nichole. Not only this but Fred also wants the whole band together which means that June is going to D.C.
The sight of the now capital of Gilead is a sad spectacle from its inspiring and bustling old version. This episode contributed a lot to the ‘Handmaid’s Tale’s legacy. Gilead is the main character, the showrunner if you will. June and the Waterford have their place but the show is nothing without the dystopian totalitarian regime. Just when we thought that the grim nature of Gilead was breaking and it couldn’t shock us anymore, it did.
The obelisk for one has been turned into a cross; D.C. Union station has gone from a former white interior to a dark suffocating robotic one. There are a few other changes too. Separate escalators for different genders, handmaids are to wait in a sort of baggage claim fashion for their masters; and the worst of all, the handmaids in D.C. have fabric gags around their mouths.
We see a lot of character developments as well as plot developments. It can’t be emphasized enough how much of a turntable this episode was.