What, you thought The Handmaid’s Tale‘s June Osborne was going to nurse her wounds at a comparably idyllic farmhouse for more than half an episode?
Nah, the Hulu drama’s Season 4 premiere reminds us — and June — that she’s here to chew gum and dismantle Gilead from the inside… and she’s all out of gum. Read on for the highlights of “Pigs.”
SAY A LITTLE PRAYER FOR YOU | The action picks up right where the Season 3 finale left off, with June bleeding out from a gunshot wound as the other handmaids carry her to safety. There is a LOT of blood and June is fairly out of it, but in her more lucid moments she panics and demands that they keep moving. Just before the women cauterize June’s wound with what looks like a… oh God, a curling iron?, Alma assures June that the martha network is hooking them up with a guardian who can get them to a safehouse.
Then there’s a harrowing truck ride and some stumbling through the woods before they approach the house. As June approaches to ascertain that everything is kosher, a guardian holding a lantern promises her, “You’re safe.” She cries a little, then faints as the other women run toward her. And as they hurry her inside, it’s clear that June is even worse than we thought: She’s vomiting and burning up with fever, sure signs of infection. A commander’s young wife flits about the edges of the activity — and even at this early stage, you can tell that she’s a little unhinged by the gleeful way she talks about how she dreamed about killing people with June — and then June blacks out.
When she wakes up, we get the full story.
full recap here