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Did Serena live in The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5?

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Serena Joy found herself with just June to help her give birth. Did she and the baby survive in The Handmaid’s Tale?

Caution: This post contains spoilers from The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5, Episode 7.

We knew at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale* Season 5, Episode 6 that things didn’t look great for Serena Joy. She was in pain, but it wasn’t clear if it was contractions or pregnancy complications. The promo for the new episode made it clear that it was labor.

Serena had just one person to help her: June. Would the two women be able to stand each other for the sake of an innocent baby? Would June get her wish and see Serena and the baby die?

June couldn’t leave Serena in The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5, Episode 7

In the end, June had the choice but she couldn’t do it. She couldn’t leave Serena. Was that because of Serena or the baby? It looks like it was initially more about the baby. June made it clear that she didn’t shoot Serena when she had the chance because of the baby.

June remembers what it was like to give birth alone. She had Nichole on her own, knowing that if something went wrong, she and the baby were dead. She wasn’t going to let Serena feel the same fear, so she returned to help Serena Joy give birth.

In the end, the baby was born healthy. We find out at the end that he’s a little jaundice, but that’s something the hospital can fix. Serena because the concern. She wasn’t doing so well after the birth, and June made it clear they needed to get to a hospital. Serena Joy argued that her baby—Noah—was important but she may have just been the ark. Now that her job is done, maybe it’s time to die.

June wasn’t going to let that happen at all. She put some fight back into Serena Joy and they got to the hospital. Of course, things didn’t quite work out. It’s not the Wheelers after Serena but the officials. June had managed to get Luke released from No Man’s Land, but then Luke called immigration. With no diplomatic status and an illegal border crossing, Serena Joy was now a prisoner of the Canadians.

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The Handmaid’s Tale airs Wednesdays on Hulu in the U.S. and on Crave and Prime Video in Canada.