'The Handmaid's Tale' season 3 will see June plot a getaway for Ofmatthew's baby and the other kids because they 'deserve better'

'The Handmaid's Tale' season 3 will see June plot a getaway for Ofmatthew's baby and the other kids because they 'deserve better'

Contains spoilers for 'The Handmaid's Tale' season 3 episode 9 titled 'Heroic'

'The Handmaid's Tale' season 3 episode 9 primarily focussed on June Osborne's (Elisabeth Moss) struggle with coming to terms with the fact that she may not meet either of her daughters anytime soon. The one thing that inspired her to fight against the regime of Gilead is the same thing that pushed her into seeking vengeance, to the extent of causing harm to another pregnant handmaid.

However, towards the end of the episode, after an enlightening conversation with the doctor who treats Ofmatthew (Ashley Lathrop), June resurfaces and is ready to fight. The route that she has chosen to attack the enemy is to strike where it would hurt the most — Gilead's miracle — the children.

June meets adolescent girls who have hit puberty being brought into the hospital to check if they will be able to bear children. She understands that her daughter Hannah, now Agnes, will also go through the same routine and is sure that the doctors in Gilead will not give precedence to her daughter's willingness over the possibility of a new life.


After Ofmatthew's baby is operated out, June is allowed to leave the hospital that she has stayed in for weeks and that's when she speaks to one of the girls. She asks her if the girl looks forward to bearing babies after getting married, and the girl says, "More than anything."

A still of the handmaids praying for the unborn baby in season 3, episode 9 of 'The Handmaid's Tale'

Something in June changes then and instead of leaving, which is what she had wanted to do since the beginning, she asks Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) permission to continue staying with Ofmatthew who might pass soon. Her conversation with Ofmatthew, who is brain dead, reveals what she has planned for Gilead.


She tells the handmaid that her son is beautiful and informs her that he doesn't deserve to stay in Gilead. She says that he should grow up in a place that is worthy of him. She explains how she is now going to plan a getaway, not just for Ofmatthew's baby, but other children as well because they deserve a better place to grow up in. 

The fact that this would hit Gilead hard, and at its weakest spot is something that she is quite happy about. June wants Gilead to know what it means to have children taken away. They have done it to multiple families including June's and it is only fair that she respond in kind to the same.

She has after all done it once when she sent Nichole away with Emily and she hopes to do it again. How she manages this feat and who will help her in this mission is something that we will have to wait and watch. 

The next episode of 'The Handmaid's Tale' will air on July 24 on Hulu.


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