Warning! Huge spoilers for the season 2 finale of The Handmaid’s Tale lie ahead.
Fans were promised a “satisfying” end to The Handmaid’s Tale‘s second season, but instead they got something a little more divisive and a lot more frustrating.
But don’t worry – because that was the reaction you were supposed to have. Apparently.
The dystopian drama’s showrunner Bruce Miller has been speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about the season’s controversial climax, admitting that he actually likes fans being “frustrated” by it. “I was frustrated,” he insisted.
That frustration lies in June/Offred’s final decision: ignoring the opportunity to leave Gilead and handing over her new baby girl to Emily, who plans to seek refuge in Canada.
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“I like the fact that people are frustrated,” Miller said, defending June’s actions. “You want her to make a different decision.
“I love the fact that June does things that we disagree with, that she’s driven by her emotions and her brain and her strategy and all of those things, but in different measure than we are.”
Going so far as to say that he’s “glad” people are “annoyed” by June, Miller went on to explain that fans having “questions” about characters’ decisions are important, and even “encouraging”.
“It seems like the conversations that the critics were having and people were having on social media were all the conversations we had in the writing room,” the showrunner continued. “We went back and forth on all these things, too. They’re preaching to the choir.”
Teasing what kind of frustration season three will have in store, Miller recently confirmed that the story will be all about “the fight” as it progresses.
“Season three is really about blessed be the fight. It’s about June rising up to either save Hannah or change the world,” he explained.
“About her wanting to hurt Gilead, to knock Gilead back on the field so that she can weaken this place. It’s an insurrection season about June being stronger than she thinks.”
The Handmaid’s Tale airs on Hulu in the US. Channel 4 airs the show in the UK.
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