'The Handmaid's Tale' season 3 will serve as a turning point in the life of Serena Ford, who is the wife of Fred Waterford, one of the founders of Gilead and the man who serves as Offred's master. In the finale of season 2, we saw Serena let Offred escape with the newborn baby. This was a cumulative effect of everything Serena experienced in the second season at the hands of her regressive, misogynistic husband.
From not being allowed to read the bible, to not getting approval for baptism for the baby, a lot of instances weigh on her mind and results in her making a drastic decision that will change her life. However, the question is if the upcoming season will see Serena join hands with Offred and the other handmaids or if she will return to her husband's side.
This would be an interesting development to watch out for in season 3 because we have seen Serena and Offred work together in rare instances, including when Serena and Offred helped an unwell Fred run Gilead. She began as an influential figure who fights for traditional values and is a key member in establishing Gilead. She starts off as a woman who only cares about having a baby and that is the reason why she initially even helps Offred meet her daughter Hanna, who has been assigned to be brought up in an affluent family.
Serena initially comes across as someone who has no conscience as she tries to navigate through her new life in Gilead. She travels with her husband, is the perfect emulation of a wife who supports everything that her husband wants to do but begins to doubt where her loyalties lie when her husband pushes her out of state affairs after receiving help from her when he was unwell to run everyday affairs smoothly.
Her frustration here is a symbol of dichotomy in the archaic world where women do not have the freedom to choose. Forget holding positions of power, they are not even allowed to hold bank accounts. How comfortable would Serena be in bringing up a daughter in a world such as this?
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That is the key moment in the finale of season 2 that helps her make her decision and this is also the reason why we wonder if a collaboration between Offred and Serena is possible in the upcoming revolution. While we can be certain that the handmaids come together to form an army from the first teaser of season 3, it would be interesting to see how Serena's role will play out in the revolution.