‘The Handmaid’s Story’ delivers a serious shock in its fourth-season finale
“A great mom would be capable to let go,” June (Elisabeth Moss) stated early through the remaining hour, confessing a failing in herself, from that perspective, earlier than engineering what was absolutely essentially the most cathartic second the collection has produced: The brutal execution of Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) by the ladies that he had victimized in Gilead, led by June, who wore the remnants of that act on her face as she returned to cradle her child.
That second felt nearly like an aid, after an unsupervised one-on-one assembly between June and Waterford that, frankly, strained credibility, because the fourth season periodically has. Nonetheless, nobody can fairly match Moss — who flexed her inventive muscular tissues by directing three of this season’s 10 episodes — within the look-of-absolute-hatred division, making a palpable sense of pressure that she was going to seek out some ingenious solution to kill Waterford proper then and there.
As a substitute, she managed to outwit him, arranging a prisoner trade that returned him to Gilead, freed practically two dozen ladies, and nonetheless gave her and her buddies the satisfaction of looking him down like a wild animal.
That situation adopted one other questionable twist within the penultimate episode — a recurring subject because the program has superior past Margaret Atwood’s guide — with Waterford cooperating together with his captors with a view to save his launch. At first, outraged by the prospect of her rapist strolling free, June gathered herself to derail his bid for freedom, abetted by Commander Lawrence (Bradley Whitford) and Nick (Max Minghella).
In what felt like a key line trying ahead, Lawrence warned June that vengeance would not be sufficient for her. The adjustments she has skilled from her ordeal in Gilead have been evident all through the season, amongst different issues showing to have significantly broken her relationship with Luke (O-T Fagbenle), the massive query being whether or not the rift is everlasting or one way or the other salvageable.
When it regarded as Waterford would possibly really getaway together with his scheme, June stated bitterly that the world belongs to “weak males.” For many who have witnessed the horrors of Gilead over the previous 4 seasons, there was absolutely a visceral thrill in seeing the triumph of sturdy and decided ladies, though the place that leaves the collection — and virtually talking, what its writers can muster for an encore after this — is anyone’s guess.