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The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4: Did [Spoilers] really die?

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 got off to a messy start. What happened at the end of Episode 3? Did people really die?

Caution: There are spoilers in this post from The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4, Episode 3.

June and the other Handmaids just can’t catch a break. In the latest episode, they got away and to a Mayday safe house only to end up caught again. Part of that was June’s fault for turning them in, but it all started because Nick really doesn’t know which side he wants to be on.

And so, it led to The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4, Episode 3 with June turning over her friends to protect her daughter. As a mother, I do understand why she made that choice. It was hard, and I wouldn’t judge anyone for making that choice without really knowing what I’d do in the moment.

However, that led to Alma, Brianna, Janine, and the other escaped Handmaids being captured in the safe house and taken back to the compound. From there, they were going to be sent away to be used as “God” intended them to be. Aunt Lydia hasn’t changed at all.

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Did The Handmaid’s Tale kill off some of the best Handmaids?

This is one of those shows where you really shouldn’t get attached to characters. However, when it’s come to the core Handmaids, we’ve been able to root for them a lot. And we have got attached. That’s why the ending to The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4, Episode 3 was a bit of a shock.

June, Janine, Alma, Brianna, and a couple of other Handmaids were in the van to their new center when a train approaching stopped them. The Eye went to do his business, giving the women a chance to overpower Aunt Lydia and get away. June wanted to hurt Lydia, but Alma made it clear they had to move before they were cut off by the train.

That was the big hint of what was going to happen. While the two unnamed Handmaids were shot and killed by the Eye, the other four got to the train line. June and Janine got over just in time, but Alma and Brianna were taken out by the front of the train.

Fortunately, the show wasn’t too graphic with this. There wasn’t a lot of blood splatter, and the training didn’t even come to a stop because of it. June and Janine managed to get away, but they’ll have to deal with the grief and consequences of that.

Will June blame herself for Alma and Brianna’s deaths? After all, had June not turned them over, none of that would have happened.

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What did you think of the first three episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4? What do you hope to see during the rest of the season? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 airs Wednesdays on Hulu in the U.S. and on Crave in Canada.