The Handmaid’s Tale: June faces torture from Lieutenant Stans
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The Handmaid’s Tale followed the journey of June Osborne (played by Elisabeth Moss) as she attempted to escape Gilead and become a free woman. Through the never-ending trials and obstacles, she eventually made it out and the actress detailed a particularly emotional scene between June and Luke Bankole (O.T Fagbeble) in the Hulu series.
June was living with her husband Luke and daughter Hannah Bankole (Jordana Blake) before Gilead took over America.
The family had tried to escape to Canada but were caught and, in the distressing scene, Luke had been shot and Hannah was snatched out of June’s arms by Guardians.
She was sent to Gilead’s Red Center where she was forced to undergo training to become a Handmaid under evil disciplinarian Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd).
In a room full of other women, Aunt Lydia displayed how horrendous the state was by removing Janine Lindo’s (Madeline Brewer) as punishment for swearing at her.
Alongside other women in the Red Centre, June was considered Unwoman for marrying a divorced man.
Divorce had been banished in Gilead so, in their eyes, she was an adulterer forcing Luke to have an affair on his ex-wife.
Once the brutal training was over, June was sent to Waterford’s residence where worked as a live-in Handmaid.
There she suffered physical, mental and sexual abuse under Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) and his wife Serena Joy Waterford (Yvonne Strahovski).
June made multiple attempts to find her daughter and escape the wrath of Gilead and each one proved unsuccessful.
In the season three episode titled Night, she found Hannah’s location and entered her room where her child peacefully slept.
However, she could hear the sirens outside and, instead of waking her up, she placed a red ribbon on her and wept outside her door.
In another monumental episode, June orchestrated the escape of a handful of Marthas and 86 children. This was a huge loss for Gilead as they pride themselves on increased birth rate.
Finally, after seven years of torture June made it to Canada and became a free woman in season four after being discovered in Chicago by her best friend and former Handmaid Moira Strand (Samira Wiley), who was working as a volunteer.
In the emotional scene, June was reunited with Luke but, instead of the teary embrace viewers were expecting, she profusely apologised for returning without their daughter.
Actress Elisabeth Moss revealed to TV Line it was the moment that got her emotional.
Speaking on Luke and June’s reunion, she explained that it “couldn’t be perfect”. She added:” It couldn’t be like everything was all of a sudden OK. It breaks me every time, it’s so sweet.”
Luke and Moira reassured June and said they would work together from Canada to find Hannah.
Later on, in season four, she was able to reunite with her secret lover Nick Blaine (Max Minghella), who was also Fred’s driver and he provided her with information about Hannah’s whereabouts.
Thankfully, fans will soon be seeing more of June Osborne’s fight for justice as the series has been confirmed for season five.
Although there is no news about a release date, it’s safe to say that it could premiere in summer 2022.
The Handmaid’s Tale season 4 is available to stream on Hulu in the USA and airs Sundays on Channel 4 in the UK.
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