'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 3 Finale Is Coming, But I Still Have So Many Questions
With Season 3 of The Handmaid's Tale premiering its tenth episode on Jul. 24, fans have been growing impatient as the double digits indicate the finale is coming up fast. And yet, there is no end in sight. The show's third season will have a total of 13 episodes, which means viewers have three more to go until a yearlong drought. But with The Handmaid's Tale Season 3 finale air date just around the corner, fans still have a million unanswered questions, and it seems likely that they won't be resolved until Season 4.
With an episode count of 13, the third season finale of The Handmaid's Tale will premiere on Aug. 14. But with the 10 episodes that have aired thus far — including a backstory to Aunt Lydia and a bottle episode almost entirely dedicated to Elisabeth Moss' face — this season hasn't seen much action, despite the "blessed be the fight" slogan stamped to it in previews.
It's possible the writers have intentionally slowed the pacing of The Handmaid's Tale Season 3. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, showrunner Bruce Miller revealed that the entire series could be 10 seasons long. But more recently, Miller explained that they don't want the Hulu series to "overstay their welcome."
"When we get to the end of Handmaid's Tale, I want it to be a beautiful piece of fiction, like the book, that you put a little bow around and you can put it on your shelf next to the book, and that it feels like a story well told from beginning to end," Miller told THR. "Going beyond that time? I'm not interested."
Regardless, the third season has a lot of work to do in the next three weeks, and hopefully, fans will get a few questions answered by the time The Handmaid's Tale Season 3 finale is released. Until then, let's dive into what we don't know.
What Is Going On With Nick & When Is He Coming Back?
No, seriously, where and who is Nick? Fans haven't seen him since June found out he used to be a soldier for Gilead, meaning viewers — and June — never knew his true nature. While many fans have speculated what's to come for Nick in the future, he hasn't been seen since his departure for Chicago, and there really hasn't been any development in regards to his storyline throughout most of Season 3.
What Will Happen To Serena Joy?
Despite breaking up with June at the beginning of Season 3, Serena's true colors were shown in Episode 11. She ratted out Fred in exchange for her freedom and a chance to be with baby Nichole again. But what will come of Mrs. Waterford now that she is in Canada? Will she join forces with Moira and Luke? Will she simply run off with Nichole? Arguably, Serena's escape from Gilead could have been in the season finale. However, it consciously wasn't. And while some fans hope Serena will get together with Mark Tuello, others don't think Serena will receive a happy ending. At least, not now.
Where Is Hannah?
The Handmaid's Tale could probably be renamed Finding Hannah, because just like Seasons 1 and 2, fans are — once again — wondering about the whereabouts of Hannah after Ofmatthew snitched on June and Hannah's Martha. June acknowledged that Hannah was gone, and began devising a plan to get children out of Gilead. However, it's clear that June hasn't given up on Hannah just yet. In "Witness," June explained that she still wouldn't leave Gilead without her daughter, so it looks like this mystery will continue.
No matter what happens in the final few episodes of The Handmaid's Tale, fans know that the third season will inevitably end in an cliffhanger. Now, will the cliffhanger feel deserved or will fans be left with more loose strings than they started with? Only time will tell.
The Handmaid's Tale Season 3 airs Wednesdays on Hulu.