The Handmaid’s Tale season 4 fans expose ‘plot hole’ in June and Hannah reunion

The Handmaid's Tale: Trailer for fourth series released

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The Handmaid’s Tale returned to screens earlier this week and the shocking third episode has fans discussing the fate of June’s daughter Hannah and the concerns over what Gilead is teaching the young girl. Following the surprise drop of the first three instalments, viewers took to Reddit to discuss the storyline so far.

The first three episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale season four returned to streaming platform Hulu on 27 April, 2021.

In the third episode The Crossing, Nick (played by Max Minghella) arranged a reunion of June (Elisabeth Moss) and her first daughter Hannah (Jordana Blake).

The shocking episode saw June being tortured before the meeting took place.

Hannah saw her mother for the first time since season two and she appeared incredibly afraid of June and failed to recognise her mother.

The traumatic meeting left June crying in the arms of her lover Nick, repeating: “My baby was scared of me” over and over.

Nick comforted her the best he could but, the mysterious newly appointed Commander is also a spy, so he conducts himself very differently to everyone else in Gilead.

Minghella’s portrayal revealed very little about Nick’s motives as of yet.

His character also failed to reveal the one responsible for setting up the emotional scene with Hannah.

Discussing the scene online, fans questioned how Hannah did not recognise June, with one fan writing on Reddit: “I wasn’t super clear on why Hannah was afraid of June this episode. 

“I remember Hannah definitely being resentful of June when they first met back in Season 2, but she came around shortly after they embraced.

“Now, it looks like Hannah’s just seen a complete stranger, and I have no idea what they could have done to her to do this. 

“I’m sure that might be made clearer later on in the season, but wanted to see anyone else’s thoughts or theories to this.”

Another fan elaborated on the distressing scene with Hannah, writing: “Their meeting and separation in season two was probably confusing for Hannah and may have re-awakened some of the trauma of being taken from June in the first place.”

Other viewers have also wondered what Hannah’s ‘new family’ are teaching her about Gilead, and whether or not they are poisoning her against June.

What Hannah has been told about June, or if she even knows June is her mother anymore will make the rest of the season a difficult watch as June has done everything in her power to save her daughter.

Thanks to Doctor Emily Malek (Alexis Bledel), June was able to save her second daughter Holly after Emily escaped to Canada.

Will June properly reunite with Hannah, and will they be able to escape Gilead?

The Crossing is also the directorial debut of star Elisabeth who specifically chose episode three to direct for the first time.

Speaking in a behind the scenes promo video, Moss discussed her choice to direct, saying: “The reason we chose 403 for my directorial debut was because I felt like, as the woman who played June from the beginning, it was a story that I could tell.”

Bruce Miller, the creator and executive producer, commented on the choice to have June endure a torturous interrogation by Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd).

“I wanted to have June pay the price for leadership,” he said

With regards to what fans can look forward to in the rest of season four, Moss commented on the Handmaidens friendship.

She said: “It is a love story between June and her friends who have been together for these many years in Gilead.”

Executive producer Warren Littlefield echoed her comments, adding: “Season four is really about the journey for freedom.”

“And what June must give up in order to pursue that journey.”

The Handmaid’s Tale season four is currently airing in the US on Hulu.

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