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The third season of Hulu’s dystopian drama “The Handmaid’s Tale,” as showrunner Bruce Miller puts it, saw an “opportunity to do something rebellious drop in [June’s] lap.” The titular handmaid (played by Elisabeth Moss) learned about an underground network that could smuggle people out of the oppressive regime of Gilead and decided she had to be a part of plans to cause that regime to crumble from the inside.
“For June it was a combination of imagination — what could she have done? — and then execution. So much of the season was about her learning to be a rebel — what it meant on the ground, moment by moment and how you do those things and who you have to compromise with,” Miller tells Variety‘s TV Take podcast. “Becoming a rebel, and how do you actually rebel, was interesting to me because I have no idea.”
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Thinking about the Rebel Alliance in “Star Wars” and “what do they do day-to-day?” gave Miller some inspiration, as, all season long, his team of writers and producers were “trying to do is fill up her toolbox, so in the last few episodes you start to see her use those tools.”
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Some of these tools were what June had learned about the inner workings of Gilead, starting with the way they can smuggle people out using the Marthas and some sympathetic people in higher power, as well as the level to which some people within the new regime would simply turn a blind eye to disturbing imagery. The latter point became clear to June, Miller notes, after she killed High Commander Winslow (Chris Meloni): Not only was it extremely easy to get someone in to remove the body, but when she walked down...
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