The Handmaid’s Tale has gone into detail about a number of aspects of the handmaids’ lives. June (played by Elisabeth Moss) has seen first-hand how brutal their lives can be. From the constant rape and potentially being forced to carry a baby, they certainly have a lot to deal with both emotionally and physically.
However, fans of the show have become a little confused by the dynamics between the commanders and their wives.
Fans know the commanders’ wives were not made into handmaids because they were not fertile, and were willing to join the cause.
But, with this in mind, viewers have begun inquiring as to why Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) and his wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) were not having sex throughout the show.
Reddit user haroldangel asked: “I also had another question, why don’t Fred and Serena have sex? Is that not allowed while they have a handmaid?”
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Die-hard fan kassilon responded with a lengthy explanation, which began by first clarifying: “Whether it’s allowed or not hasn’t been explicitly mentioned in any part of the books or show.”
They then went on to point out that some evidence from both iterations of the franchise have pointed towards the wives not being allowed to take on this “responsibility”.
They continued: “Some fans do speculate that it’s not allowed, because it wouldn’t be for procreation as the Wives have been proven infertile.
“Others say that it might be because even if it’s very unlikely, there would be a slim chance for pregnancy.”
In the greater lore of The Handmaid’s Tale, the fictional details regarding childbearing and childbirth are presented in a religious story, which tells of an elderly woman becoming pregnant after her handmaid fell pregnant first.
They continued: “And in fact in all of the Biblical stories involving Handmaids, older wives were allowed to become pregnant again by God after another women had children for them.
“If Gilead truly believes that the Handmaids are part of a godly society that will make all women fertile again, then they surely can’t be against that possibility happening by a Commander and Wife having sex. This is what I lean towards right now.”
On Fred and Serena specifically, the pair may not have sex simply because their marriage is at a rocky stage – as shown off in the latest season.
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Meanwhile, fans of the show have begun theorising June will not be able to get her daughter back in the upcoming fourth season.
As Hannah has been in captivity for some years now, she may want to stay with her new family in Gilead.
Speaking on Reddit, one fan wrote: “I’m rewatching season three and had a thought… what if when June gets her next chance to save Hannah, Hannah doesn’t want to leave Gilead?
“It’s been implied life with her current family isn’t that bad and she is probably too young to fully understand what her future could be or clearly remember her past life.
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“What kind of awful twist would that be?”
Considering Hannah is the only reason June has stayed in Gilead thus far, would she eventually turn and leave her if she is happy?
Or would she work to get her out of the horrific place against her will?
The Handmaid’s Tale season three is now available to stream on Hulu.
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