In the penultimate episode of The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5, the Americans launch their raid on the Woman’s School, with June and Luke hoping for Hannah. Elsewhere in Toronto, the tension between Serena and Ms. Wheeler is nearing a boiling point. Meanwhile, Commander Lawrence makes a surprising proposition. The episode also marks Bradley Whitforddebut as director of the series. The accompanying inside look this week breaks down the ninth episode, titled “Allegiance.”
The clip begins by hitting on June (Elizabeth Moss) and Nick (Max Minghella) Meet. Executive producer Eric Tuchman explains how June struggled to accept Nick’s rejection of Tuello’s offer. Similarly, Nick also believed that June should have accepted Commander Lawrence’s offer. Moss notes that this was a moment when June wondered if Nick was who she thought. A fair guess considering how many of Nick’s motivations are often unclear, even though viewers and June know he is well-meaning. Additionally, Minghella notes Nick’s struggle with his own emotions. He cares about June but will choose the path of brain over heart whether he likes it or not. Ultimately, the two love each other deeply but can’t be together – every June and Nick’s shipper’s worst nightmare.
Next, Yvonne Strahovski (Serena) and Tuchman dive into this shocking moment of Serena when she and Noah ran away from the fertility center. Since the later stages of Serena’s pregnancy and the birth of Noah, Serena has slowly become the Wheelers’ servant. Strahovski notes how things have taken a hell of a turn for Serena. Tuchman mentions Serena’s maternal instinct, which Strahovski supports by saying how running is Serena’s best bet. As viewers have seen, Serena may have hitchhiked away from the center, but where she went or what her fate is remains to be seen.
Finally, the clip celebrates Whitford making his directorial debut on the show with the episode. Executive producers Warren Littlefield and Bruce Miller the two express what a joy it was to see Whitford step into the role, with Miller praising how well Whitford knows the show. He adds that Moss’ previous experience as a director for the series helped Whitford in this endeavour. Whitford also says directing has been a joy for him. As the clip ends, Moss, Strahovski and Minghella give the well-deserved praise to Whitford.
The Handmaid’s Tale is adapted from Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name. It was created by Miller who produces alongside Moss, Tuchman, Littlefield, Yahlin Chang, Daniel Wilson, Francois Sears, Rachel Shuker, Sheila Hockin, John Weber, Franck Syracuse, Steve Starkand Kim Todd. MGM Television produces. Season 5 additional cast includes Samira Wiley, OT Fagbenle, Anne Dowd, Madeleine Brewer, Genevieve Angelson, Sam Jägerand Amanda Brugel.
The season 5 finale of The Handmaid’s Tale airs Wednesday, November 9. Episodes 1-9 are now streaming on Hulu. Watch the latest featurette below: