‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ season 3 episode 2 proves Aunt Lydia turning into Ofjoseph’s ally will be no easy task

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ season 3 episode 2 proves Aunt Lydia turning into Ofjoseph’s ally will be no easy task

'The Handmaid's Tale' season 3 premiere episodes set a steady path for Offred (Elisabeth Moss), who after the incident at the Waterfords' residence gets appointed as Ofjoseph. She wants to rescue her daughter Hannah and take her away from Gilead, but that is not an easy task.

As she comes to terms with the fact that her child is safe for now as Agnes in Commander Mckenzie's residence, she begins to plot to bring down the regime of Gilead so she can leave for once and all. In the trailers, it was indicated Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) may become one of Offred's allies in bringing about a change in Gilead but from the scenes featuring her in episode 2 of season 3, this may not happen, or at least not anytime soon. 

Aunt Lydia, who is hurt and has to go around in a wheelchair is tough enough to understand that the new Ofjoseph is trouble. After what happened with Emily (Alexis Bledel), who was the last Ofjoseph, Aunt Lydia also has her doubts about Commander Lawrence (Bradley Whitford) and his intentions towards her handmaids.

During the visit to check up on the newly appointed handmaid, who recently caused trouble by going to Commander McKenzie's residence unannounced, Aunt Lydia makes sure she is courteous in front of Commander Lawrence, but once he is away, she limps towards checking up on Ofjoseph's room, takes offence to a comment made by Ofjoseph and brandishes her taser stick and attacks Ofjoseph. She is nowhere close to changing after what occurred between her and Emily. 

A still of Offred and Aunt Lydia in season 2 of 'The Handmaid's Tale'. (Source: Hulu)

Despite being pushed down the stairs, being stabbed by one of her handmaids and going through a near-death experience, she is still a devout follower of the Gilead regime. The only thing that can change her is probably a heart to heart conversation with Janine, who Aunt Lydia has had a special connection with.

If not, there isn't much that can change the mind of the woman who put many handmaids through a lot of torturous times. She did not hesitate before she handed out punishments for even the slightest of errors and to change the course of her path would be June's toughest job, not including the conversation that she will have with Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes). 

In the meanwhile, Ofjoseph has just made friends with a few Marthas in the new house who show her a part of Gilead she couldn't access as a handmaid. She also learns that there are women who travel deeper in the resistance, to fight against Gilead and this includes women who can make bombs. 


The next episode of 'The Handmaid's Tale' season 3 will air June 12 on Hulu. 

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