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'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 5 Premiere Preview: 'Morning' hints at new beginnings for June and Serena

June has finally left Gilead while Serena is getting ready to become a more prominent figure, but there's something dangerous waiting out for them
UPDATED SEP 13, 2022
Elizabeth Moss as June and Yvonne Strahovski as Serena in 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 5 (Hulu)
Elizabeth Moss as June and Yvonne Strahovski as Serena in 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 5 (Hulu)

The season premiere of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is just around the corner and fans cannot wait to see how June Osborne (Elisabeth Moss) begins a new life after killing Fred Waterson in the finale of Season 4. On the other hand, it’s a new beginning for Serena as well because she is currently mourning the death of her husband and also thinking about how to take care of the things that her husband used to do.

Let’s make things clear, Serena (Yvonne Strahovski) is not that sad about her husband’s death. Yes, she is mourning, but she also took a sigh of relief that a disgraceful person like Fred is dead. In one of the teasers, we could see Serena smiling behind the black funeral veil and that tells us that she is ready to take her husband’s position and lead Gilead. However, June would do anything and everything to eradicate Gilead from the face of the earth, and Season 5 could be a stepping stone toward her massive plan to bring Gilead down to its knees.


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But how does it all start? Let’s take a look at what can we expect from the premiere of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 5.

Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy in 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 5 (Hulu)
Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy in 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 5 (Hulu)

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 5 Premiere Spoilers

To be honest, it shouldn’t come as a shock that every character in the series will be tested to its core in this season because it marks the beginning of the end. Maybe that’s why the makers decided to name the first episode of Season 5, ‘Morning’. Yes, that’s the title for the premiere of Season 5 and it could mean a lot of things. But if we narrow it down to two major plotlines, then we get to know that the title suggests new dawn for June and Serena.

After killing Fred and hanging him on a wall, June returns home to Luke with blood on her face. This marked the end of a brutal chapter for June and after spending years trying for to get out of Gilead, she finally does it at the end of Season 4. So, for June, ‘Morning’ might refer to a new dawn after Fred’s death and a chance to never look at Gilead in her life or it might also give her a chance to fight Gilead in the most brutal ways possible because every person from Gilead is looking for her and she might have to strike again to remain ahead of the game.

A still from 'The Handmaid's Tale' (Hulu)
A still from 'The Handmaid's Tale' (Hulu)

On the other hand, it will be a new beginning for Serena as well. Her husband has just died and she is not sad about it because she knows that she might be taking over her husband’s position after his tragic death. It would be easy for her to use him and his status for her gain. However, it won’t be easy for her to be in the position because she doesn’t know about the dangers that come with that sort of position. So, it will be a new morning for her as well and she will be making the most of it so that her status in Gilead reaches a whole new level.

A lot of people want to see Serena getting what she deserves: pain. However, we still have one more season to go and the makers might not want to ruin the show by rushing things. So, if you are hoping to see Serene lose, then you would have to wait a little longer.

'The Handmaid's Tale' premieres exclusively on Hulu on Wednesday, September 14th.