The Handmaid’s Tale – Episode 9

Oof. Once again, The Handmaid’s Tale has me deep breathing into a paper bag. This show gives my anxiety a run for its money, but DAMN is it good.

This week’s episode was called “The Bridge,” most obviously named after its climactic scene, but I think it also symbolizes the theme of connection throughout the episode. More specifically, connections between women. We saw what female friendships are like in Gilead, between handmaids, wives, Marthas, and old friends from “before.” Here are some of my thoughts:

  • I know she’s technically a villain because, hello, this whole Gilead thing was her idea, but I find myself sympathizing with Serena Joy. What a complex character! I can’t help but feel bad for her because it’s so clear how lonely she is. It was nice to see her bond with Rita as it became obvious that she holds a lot of resentment towards Mrs. Putnam.


  • Elisabeth Moss has an almost other-worldly talent. That woman played every range of emotion in a matter of minutes. Seduction, anger, fright, grief. The list goes on. June showed an enormous amount of strength this episode, first with trying to get through to Moira, and then with Janine. At least she was successful with one of her friends.


  • Oh, Janine. OHHHHH, JANINE. Watching her spiral has been so heartbreaking. I can’t help but think that Aunt Lydia’s “stupid girl” comment wasn’t about her jumping, but that the jump wasn’t successful.


  • After Janine, we really needed that ending with Moira. I thought we’d lost her for a second there, but praised be, the bitch is back!


  • I also think one of the biggest takeaways from this episode is that all these ladies, no matter what their role in the Gileadean society, just need a damn drink. Rita put back that whiskey like a champ!


Do you watch The Handmaid’s Tale? Are you as traumatized as I am? LOL I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave a comment below!

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