The Handmaid's Tale - Season 2, Episode 1 - Rotten Tomatoes


Critic Consensus: Not for the faint of heart, "June" starts off the sophomore season of The Handmaid's Tale with a poignant gut-punch of shock while flaunting a masterful lead performance.

Episode Info

Offred reckons with the consequences of a dangerous decision while haunted by memories from her past and the violent beginnings of Gilead.


Joseph Fiennes
as Commander Fred Waterford
Ann Dowd
as Aunt Lydia
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Critic reviews for June

The show didn't pull any punches.

January 7, 2020 | Full Review…

As always, the acute feelings of both hope and misery hinge on the incredible talents of Elisabeth Moss.

January 14, 2019 | Full Review…

I cannot explain to you how my skin crawled when it hit me wtf was going down. Dozens of nooses, fam.

June 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Rebellious, petulant June is more in line with the go-girl feminism that this show is so fond of, and already feels less tonally dissonant than the first season.

May 25, 2018 | Full Review…

This episode reads a solid 10 on the grimness scale, with one being a bit of shouting and 10 being all-out mental and physical brutality.

May 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Fingers were crossed a good minute into the second series until, from within the van ferrying Offred perhaps to liberty, the telltale sound of barking dogs announced a darker destination.

May 21, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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