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SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Mayday,” the third season finale of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
There has long-been a school of thought that in order to move forward, one must be willing to look back.
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In the case of “The Handmaid’s Tale’s” third season finale, starting the episode entitled “Mayday” with a flashback to June’s (Elisabeth Moss) earliest moments after being rounded up alongside dozens of other women to be led to their new lives under the new regime offered Hulu’s dystopian drama a chance to show how far the titular heroine had come.
“Just the look on her face, the way she’s walking, the way she’s talking, the way she knows how to navigate the world within the world and get what she needs now, it was really that difference,” creator and showrunner Bruce Miller tells Variety of the opening moments. “She was walking into that world, and in the next scene she was walking through it with a larger amount of confidence.”
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In a way, though, that opening flashback of June in a sea of other scared faces being forced into a new world also served as one of the bookends for the episode, juxtaposing the young girls’ concerned faces as June helped round them up and get them on a plane to Canada.
“I was thinking about, ‘What do you think about the morning of your big rebel event?’ She’s going through details but she’s wondering about if she’s going to be the weak link,” Miller explains. “And the monologue and what she sees in the past and the voiceover is about her trying to think about what it was about the men — the sons of Jacob...
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