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The Handmaid’s Tale airs every Wednesday on Hulu in the US and season four is coming soon to Channel 4 in the UK. Elisabeth Moss has starred in the series since season one in 2017 as June Osbourne/Offred/Ofjoseph. Does June get pregnant in The Handmaid’s Tale? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
WARNING: This article contains spoilers about The Handmaid’s Tale
Does June get pregnant in The Handmaid’s Tale?
The Handmaid’s Tale is set in a dystopian universe, following a Second American Civil War where a totalitarian state exists.
The women within this state who are fertile area known as Handmaids and they are subjected to child-bearing slavery.
In the new regime, fertile women are viewed as ‘fallen women’ who are enslaved to combat worldwide infertility.
June Osbourne (played by Elisabeth Moss) was captured while attempted to escape to Canada with her husband Luke (O. T. Fagbenle) ad daughter Hannah.
As a Handmaid, June is expected to bear children in Gilead as part of her duty to her master, Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes).
At the end of season one, June discovered she was pregnant.
However, fans immediately suspected the father was actually Fred’s driver Nick (Max Minghella) as he and June were forced to sleep together by Fred’s wife Serena Waterford (Yvonne Strahovski).
Serena had her suspicions her husband Fred was sterile and she was desperate for a child. As a result, she took matters into her own hands.
In season two of The Handmaid’s Tale, June gave birth to her daughter Holly, who she named after her mother.
Holly was later renamed by Fred and Serena as Nicole as she now officially belonged to them.
Speaking to TV Guide about her pregnancy, June said: “Coming to terms with being a mother to that child that’s growing inside her is its own journey. It’s very complicated.
“Like does she accept this child? Does she want this child to be born in this world? Does she want this child to be raised in Gilead?
“This child is also going to get taken away from her regardless if she can’t get the baby out. So that’s very, very complicated.
“Then again, does she love Nick? Is that something that might actually be her future and so this would be their child together? That’s very complicated as well.”
June had made a promise to her daughter Holly she would never let her grow up in Gilead and at the end of season two, June hatched her escape plan.
She intended to board a truck with her friend Emily to freedom but in the end, she gave her daughter to Emily and chose to remain in Gilead.
It was later revealed Serena let Holly go because she did not want Holly to grow up in Gilead.
However, Serena later regretted her decision and accused Emily and June of kidnapping her.
At the end of season three, June had the opportunity once again to escape to Canada.
She helped other children escape but decided to stay behind in Gilead after learning her daughter Hannah was now in Gilead.
Hannah was June’s daughter from her marriage to her husband Luke, before the revolution took place and June was separated from her family.
The Handmaid’s Tale is now into its fourth series and there has been a major turn of events that has cast doubt on Holly’s paternity.
Initially, it was believed by everyone in Gilead and viewers at home Nick was the father of Holly/Nichole as Fred was sterile.
However, it was revealed in season four Fred’s wife, Serena was pregnant, suggesting Fred is not fertile after all.
The Handmaid’s Tale fans will hopefully find out this series who really is the biological father of Holly/Nichole.
The Handmaid’s Tale airs every Wednesday on Hulu
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