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The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 trailer teases an explosive new alliance

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Are you ready to get on board with June’s revolution? 

There is no resistance in Gilead, or so we have been told.

This is what June (Elisabeth Moss) says in her emotionless voice over for the trailer for the third season of The Handmaid’s Tale. There is no resistance – officially. There is no escape – officially.

And yet we know that these things are not true. We know that there is resistance to Gilead’s oppressive regime, and that it comes from June herself. According to the first trailer for the new episodes, season three of The Handmaid’s Tale will deal expressly with the explosive ways in which June is going about breaking down Gilead from within.

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In the video, a bomb goes off in a facility. We see Emily (Alexis Bledel) carrying Nicole in her arms. We see Moira (Samira Wiley), dressed for rebellion. We see Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd), hunched over in thought. We see Nick and June, their fingers grazing each other. 

And we see June and Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski), locked in a conversation in the Commander’s House. “If I’m going to change things, I’m going to need allies,” June says. “Allies with power.”

“As Mrs Waterford, you have influence,” June says to Serena.

“Up to a point,” Serena replies.

“So move the point.”

In season three of The Handmaid’s Tale, are we about to see an alliance between Serena – the Commander’s wife – and June? Is Serena finally ready to rebel against Fred (Joseph Fiennes) and join the unspoken resistance? 

We know that, by the end of season two, Serena understands that Gilead is not a safe space to raise her daughter, which is why she gave her to June to be smuggled out of the country. Now, if this trailer is anything to go by, Serena is ready for war.

“The one thing that was holding her to Gilead in the end was having her own child, and the hope of that,” Strahovski said, as reported by the Express. “Now that that’s gone, I don’t know where Serena goes.

“If she did finally come to the realisation that Gilead wasn’t exactly the best place for anybody, as someone who was an architect of it, you’d have so much guilt and you’d have to work through so many feelings.

“It’d be interesting to see her try to redeem herself, but maybe not succeed so much, and keep trying anyway.”

We can’t wait to see what Serena and June can achieve together in season three. A UK release date on Channel 4 is yet to be announced, but season three debuts in the US on 5 June on Hulu and should drop in the UK soon afterwards. Blessed be. 

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