Just watched episode 5. And I have a prediction about where the show’s going to go.
I’ve actually had thin in mind since I heard the book was being adapted, and I want it to happen. I didn’t think there’s much chance though, until I saw that the show’s already been renewed for a 2nd season.
I think the show’s gonna explore “the resistance” in Handmaid’s Tale, like it’s gonna become a major plot point. If done right, it could be better than what little source material (because the book isn’t exactly long or anything). Not saying the source material is bad, or anything close to that. What I am saying is that…just that it’s not representative of how people would really act in this situation. Granted, maybe the average Canadian women in the 80’s wouldn’t have fought back in a violent or militaristic way. I’m only 20, I can’t speak for people back then, but I think most women (and people in general) now, would violently fight back against their oppressors, by any means necessary. I think it’s been so ingrained in our popular culture at this point, it’s a cultural meme now. Which isn’t to say that in the past people didn’t violently oppose their oppressors, only that when you’ve seen guerrilla uprisings in media all you’re life; you’re probably gonna learn a thing or two, for better and for worse.
I’m not saying I want Offred to become a Call of Duty protagonist. I’m saying that I want her to become militant, and I think that’s what the show is building up to, or at least it could go that way, and it would make sense given the trajectory the story is taking. I mean, Offred’s already got most if not all of the other Handmaid’s organized and operating in broad daylight. They eve have codes and signals and shit already.How dope would it be if Moira comes back, has joined “The Resistance”, see’s what Offred’s done with the other Handmaid’s; and smuggles them guns or something. And the season finale of season 2 is this 2-3 Part (episode) operation where the Handmaid’s fuck shit up in Boston; knowing Gilead’s soldiers will try everything before resorting to shooting back at the Handmaid’s (this has already been established by episode 5, in case it wasn’t already clear how high-priority they all are). Meanwhile, Moira’s Resistance cell enters Boston, and Gilead’s soldiers won’t know until they’re being mowed down from behind (it’s too late).
And the season 2 finale either ends with this unclear “fog of war” hovering over everyone (especially Offred), and it’s left unclear whether or not the operation was successful (season 3 cliffhanger). Or the season finale ends with a clear victory for the guerrilla’s, and Boston is liberated(still sets up for season 3; because let’s be honest, hulu is gonna milk this for all it’s worth. And if can be worth a LOT more if the new/original material is written well).
And if any of that ends up happening. at all. there NEEDS to be a call back to the quote from the book and episode 5; “Better never means better for everyone.” In the context of Offred either killing or ordering someone else to kill (or detaining I guess, no need to kill her, just prevent her from telling someone and ruining the plan) taht one Handmaid who was a drug addict and prostitute who likes how things are now. Because that quote is powerful, and using it both ways like this can only emphasize just how powerful and real that quote is.
Sorry for how long this is, really hoping for something like this. Also, anyone who thinks this is in anyway “unrealistic”; please look up the YPG, YPJ, PKK and International Freedom Battalion and get back to me.