Should I watch S3 of Handmaid’s Tale? (Spoilers for S2)

I loved season 1, then for me season 2 started dropping off in quality the further it meandered along. At the end of season 2, I was pissed off the writers decided to forget all the heinous shit Serena has done and make her and June BFFs, because June for some reason now sympathizes with her abuser because Serena has finally realized that she’s just as oppressed in Gilead. But ok fine, I was still into the show. Then came that final scene in the finale, and I was so angry I swore I wouldn’t ever watch the show again. It literally makes no sense that June would stay behind with no plan or resources to “save” her other daughter, especially after all that everyone around her risked to get her out. 

Then after season 3 came out, I eventually decided to watch episode 1 and give it one more shot. I found the first episode to be low quality, and nothing really happened. And it made the season 2 finale even more idiotic because June (OBVIOUSLY) immediately gets captured and has no way to save her daughter. 

Anyway, what I’m asking is, given my issues with the show, will I enjoy season 3 and should I waste hours of my life watching it? Lol


  • Also for some reason, since season 2 there are no meaningful consequences to anyone going against Gilead, especially when it comes to June. The exception is Serena’s hand getting cut off, which they needed to do to facilitate her heel face turn.
  • Short answer? Yes, you should.
  • NoelNoel Dallas, TX
    I didn’t enjoy it as much as previous seasons. Fred’s such a piece of shit but now I just find so fucking boring. Too boring to even want to hate. June’s plot armor is getting to be too much for me. And they also don’t feature enough of the secondary characters that I love.

    That said, the emotional beats hit. And they hit hard. I get emotional pretty much every episode and definitely ugly cried multiple times.
  • Given your issues so far, I'd say don't watch it. I completely fell out of love with this show during this season. If you didn't like that nothing happened in episode one, find comfort in knowing that the plot of the entire season can be summed up in a single sentence. I know some people still like this show but I find it a drag.
  • I too was pretty pissed at the end of season 2 and was pretty disappointed with most of season 3.  But I really liked the last 3 episodes, culminating with me openly weeping towards the end of the finale.  I really liked how they ended the season and I'm really looking forward to season 4 . . . wish it was out now!
  • jtmy92jtmy92 Independence, MO
    The last episode of season 3 is one of the most powerful episodes of recent television I can remember. However, 13 episodes seasons seem a little clunky for this show. 8-10 would be so much crisper.
  • FlukesFlukes Calgary, Canada
    I'll just echo @jtmy92 in saying it ended in a way that made me excited to see what happens next but it's a little fat in the middle. Bottom line is I would watch, but you could probably ask someone to snip some synopsis of the middle cruft for you and watch the last few if you find yourself bored.
  • you can try. I quit after the 3rd episode. And I’m the type of person who has to finish everything I start watching. 
  • Alright, you guys have convinced me to try to keep watching, but I’m prepared to skip the middle episodes and just read plot summaries lol
  • I'm one of those strange people who enjoyed Season 2 even more; mostly because of the cinematography.
  • Incidentally, has anyone read The Testaments yet?
  • Honestly I just read plot summaries this season. I cannot deal with the lack of traction and June Stares. 
  • FlukesFlukes Calgary, Canada
    Honestly I just read plot summaries this season. I cannot deal with the lack of traction and June Stares. 
  • NoelNoel Dallas, TX
    Flukes said:
    Honestly I just read plot summaries this season. I cannot deal with the lack of traction and June Stares. 
    Makes Jim Halpert look like an amateur
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