Serena Joy and Fred Waterford did most of the talking during The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Episode 11, and their time on screen was sparse.
What they managed to say in such a short amount of time clarified things for those unsure whether Fred's motivations to reunite June with her daughter, Hannah, were pure or malicious.
Their words also proved June's forethought in gathering Godparents for her daughter before her birth was a very sound decision indeed.
Picking up exactly where The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Episode 10 left off, June was all alone at the big estate.
I'm sorry there is so much pain in this story. I'm sorry it's in fragments, like a body caught in crossfire, pulled apart by force, but there is nothing I can do to change it. I've tried to put some of the good things in as well.
June Permalink: I'm sorry there is so much pain in this story. I'm sorry it's in fragments, like a body... Added: June 26, 2018 That left Elisabeth Moss to carry the episode virtually by herself, and as always, she did a remarkable job carrying June through the phases of someone both determined to escape for the sake of her baby and ultimately determined to be saved for the same reason.
The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 has done a deft job at reminding us the role mothers play in their children's lives and that not every woman is prepared to be a mother no matter how much she may believe the opposite to be true.
A mother in the true sense of the word would do whatever she could to protect the safety of her child.
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We are witness to it and how the definition of safety changes under the circumstances through all of June's actions. She has never fled and gone in search of Hannah because she knows the pain it would cause her daughter to see and unsee her again and again without having some control over the situation.
At the estate, June went from wanting to flee and take off for Canada, we can assume, preparing with a small satchel for her journey, to the realization she would have to stay at the house and give birth.
And once she realized what it would be like to give birth alone, recalling all of the terrors and triumphs of giving birth to Hannah, June reached out for help because the baby needed medical care to survive, and survival in this world is paramount above all else if they're to take down Gilead.
As frightening as it is to imagine her child in the arms of the Waterfords, at least she knows there is some kindness in that house, however cracked it may be. When left to their own devices, their argument at the estate while searching for June was about June.
Serena Joy: Fred! Maybe they weren't here? Well, they were. Now they've run off together thanks to you!
Fred: There must be some other explanation.
Serena Joy: Like what?
Fred: Nick wouldn't be disloyal...