The Handmaid’s Tale: 5 Questions We Have While We Wait For Season 5

Will June Face Legal Consequences For Fred’s Death?

The most shocking moment of The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 finale was undoubtedly the murder of Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes). He was torn apart by a group of his former handmaids, including ringleader June, who were seeking retribution for his heinous abuse. Considering his crimes, Fred’s death might feel narratively appropriate, and June’s actions might feel justified, but her actions will almost certainly have consequences. 

The Canadian government definitely didn’t sanction an execution. Fred had given Canada a wealth of information regarding the inner workings of Gilead’s government, so its leaders probably won’t be too happy to see that he’s been killed. If they find out that June is responsible for Fred’s death, she could be imprisoned or worse. It’s unlikely that The Handmaid’s Tale will give June a get-out-of-jail-free card. For better or for worse, the show has always shown us the consequences of its characters’ actions.

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