In the early seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale Serena Joy (played by Yvonne Strahovski) is incredibly cruel to June Osborne (Elisabeth Moss), who she only referred to as Offred. She forced her to have a child and betrayed her trust many times, even using June’s daughter Hannah Bankole (Jorana Blake) from before Gilead to manipulate her into following the plan and giving her a child. However, one fan has found a huge plot hole in this. Surely Serena could have just adopted?
One Reddit user pointed out that someone like Serena could easily find a child to adopt.
Was there a stigma surrounding adoption in Gilead?
Reddit user CapriciousSalmon said: “I get that Serena is delusional but I was always curious why they never mentioned or hinted she did try to adopt.
“She could probably afford it after all and she was a celebrity so she could just waltz into the nearest orphanage and pick out whatever one she wanted.”
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Of course this would have saved June a lot of trauma, but this may have not been an option due to the sterility plague.
Nonetheless, the fan suspects Mrs. Waterford’s celebrity status could have got her any child she wanted.
They added: “I know there’s also the whole sterility plague thing but again, she’s a celebrity.
“And it’d be a nice way to show that there’s still a stigma attached to adoption, that even Serena who wanted to be a mother never became one.”
However, another fan disagrees, speculating the Gilead rituals would make Serena feel like Nichole’s real mother.
The user commented: “I think they believe that the way they do it with the ritual and all makes it truly her child – the handmaids womb is the wives womb.
If she adopted it wouldn’t really be hers.”
“That makes sense, and explains that whole weird fake labour performance,” added another.
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Meanwhile, another viewer of the show has some ideas of what could take place in season four after June’s rescue mission was finally pulled off.
Reddit, user CapriciousSalmon said the children had a better life in Gilead than before, and this could cause then to rebel after landing in Chicago.
The user began: “Okay don’t take this the wrong way, as yes, what Gilead is doing to many children by separating them from their parents and brainwashing them is horrible, but there’s something I don’t think a lot of people are addressing: How many Gilead actually had horrible parents before Gilead?”
Despite disagreeing with June’s treatment in the dystopian city, the fan went on to note some of he children went willingly into the arms of the Commanders.
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They added: “How many kids willingly went to the arms of wives and commanders simply because they seemed better than what was going on at home?
“Or what if that same child embraced Gilead for the same reason Lillie did at first: yeah it’s not ideal at times but people care about you and you have a roof over your head and three square meals; and then that child was sent to Canada on the plane?”
Many fans celebrated after June’s plan payed off and the children were rescued from Gilead. But did they want to be saved?
The Handmaid’s Tale season three is now available to stream on Hulu.
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