Following the events of The Handmaid’s Tale season 4 finale, is Joseph Fiennes leaving the show, and his role of Fred Waterford? As you would imagine, we have a lot to talk through here.
Let’s begin with this: Fred is dead. There’s no other real way to interpret that pivotal moment with June and the other women enacting their revenge on someone who has been a monster through the show’s run. He assaulted June during her stay there, as well as other women at Jezebel’s. June used her political and social know-how to get what she needed after Mark and the justice system let her down.
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The demise of Fred will shake up the show in a major way. It leaves Serena in a more uncertain position moving forward, one where we’re left to wonder further what her role will be in the story and where she will end up? We’ve already seen that a former wife of Gilead ended up as a handmaid this season after her husband died, and Serena is pregnant, so her concerns of becoming a handmaid should be very real now. It also has us contemplating what the future will hold for Gilead itself. While June may have removed Fred from the equation, at the same time there is a whole society to still take on. There is a larger purpose here that could be explored further in season 5, which we hope to have more scoop on in due time.
So for now, let’s tip a cap to Fiennes, who played a despicable role with power and passion. We’re very curious to see what lies ahead for him next.
What did you think about the events of The Handmaid’s Tale season 4 finale?
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