'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 4 Episode 9: Who is Nick's wife? Wedding band makes fans say 'that poor child'

While some fans are worried about who is Nick's Gilead-assigned wife, others hope his assigned handmaid isn't Esther or Janine

                            'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 4 Episode 9: Who is Nick's wife? Wedding band makes fans say 'that poor child'
Max Minghella as Nick Blaine in 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 4 (Hulu)

The fourth season of Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale' has been quite definitive for some of its central-leaning characters. On one hand, we have the love and vulnerability deep inside the coldest trenches of Aunt Lydia's heart, and on the other hand, we have the damning evidence of Nick and June being over. At least Episode 9 of Season 4 sealed the fate of those two with the shocking reveal of a wedding band that now-Commander Nick Blaine puts on his ring finger shortly after bidding June Osborne goodbye.

The reveal has put some avid viewers of the show in pain as they cannot bear the idea of June going back to her husband Luke, knowing she has feelings for the other man who has helped her cope the last wretched few years. But most importantly, fans are invested in knowing who's the better half wearing Nick's corresponding wedding band. While some might not remember, Nick's first wife was blissfully manipulated Eden Blaine, whose one and only rebellion for love cost her her life. Eden was a teenager, no older than 15, and that has got fans worried about something far more harrowing coming up on the traumafest that the series has been for four long seasons.


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Who is Nick's wife?

In the recent Episode 9 of 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 4, June and Nick bid their final goodbyes as he asks her to take care of herself. She then turns around to leave and Nick pulls out from his pockets what is soon revealed to be a wedding band. June's knight-slash-sidekick suddenly drops from her romantic interest to another adulterous husband of Gilead. Viewers are reminded of the horrors that come with Nick's newly-elevated Commander position.

Maybe he is like Waterford and deplorably plans to rape his handmaid with his Gilead wife. Maybe he is like Lawrence and never touches his handmaid — there's no knowing and there's no getting away from the idea that somewhere in Gilead, Nick has a wife, and worse — this wife could possibly put him on the Wall for refusing to perform the duties demanded of Gilead's husbands. And as of now, we don't know who the wife is.

But Nick is not the only one in a situation without say as fans worry another child might have been married to him. Nick's first wife Eden was sentenced to death for sparking an affair and eloping with a guardian stationed at the Waterford house, and since then, he has progressively turned into June's romantic interest. But fans worry about his wife at home, fearing it's another Gilead-raised teenager or barely-legal adult whom Nick is being forced to perform marital duties, including some systematic rape of handmaids with.

A still of Max Minghella as Nick Blaine and Elizabeth Moss as June in 'The Handmaid's Tale' (Hulu)

Taking it to Twitter, a fan wrote: "Wait Nick is married?? To who?? WTF!!! Is he gonna have a hand maid now too?? Is it another child bride?! Did Lawrence do this?? Ahhhh" Another chimed in: "Oh, Nick is married #HandmaidsTale That poor child (or grown woman, we don't know)" Confused fans also continued: "So why doesn’t Nick just leave? He’s already across the border. Could he actually have a wife he loves back in Gilead?"

Others admitted: "I can’t stop thinking abt Nick & the wedding band. We don’t know a lot about what’s going on with Nick. Has Commander Nick Blaine been assigned a new wife in Gilead? What’s keeping him there?" The main issue everybody had with this was probably summed up by a user who tweeted: "It's not even the fact that Nick is married. We've been through this with Eden. I know he doesn't love his wife hence why he took off his ring. My fear is that as a married commander he will get a freaking handmaid. Janine? Esther? One fan kept it short and simple, and declared: "The wife better not be Mrs Winslow."