If you’re like most of us, you were screaming in frustration at whatever device you were streaming the season finale of The Handmaid’s Tale on— and if you haven’t watched it yet—*there are spoilers ahead.
One of the best things about The Handmaid’s Tale is its ability to walk a line. There are two sides to everything. People you hate turn out to have good in them. People you love or are rooting for do stupid, heartless, or even awful things. There’s always a duality, always an inner conflict. Rarely do people do the “right” things. And in the situations these characters find themselves in, you may even find yourself wondering—“What even ARE the ‘right’ things?”
Everyone is complicit in some way; everyone trapped in some way as well. It’s these uneven shades and emotional complexities that give The Handmaid’s Tale its gravitas and make it such a compelling show. (Well, that and its parallels to life in Trump’s America.)
But it seems this time, it was all too much for fans—the season 2 finale has just pushed the conflict one step too far. The people are pissed at our protagonist, Offred/June and they have taken to the streets of the interwebs in protest with just one question on their lips.
For sure it was a compelling episode because EVERYBODY was feeling some kinda way about it.
— Kim (@meeks08) July 12, 2018
Just watched the season 2 finale of The Handmaid's Tale. I am mad.
This GIF explains my reaction: pic.twitter.com/Bf4oRit6F3
— Michael Baculinao (@unbb24) July 11, 2018
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 Finale raised my blood pressure a whole 100 points. I can’t.
— Mia Wallace (@ZoooeWithoutaY) July 11, 2018
Despite my best efforts, an employee pulled me aside today and asked what had upset me. I then had to explain that my emotional state had been caused by watching The Handmaid's Tale season finale. #HandmaidsTalefinale #emotionalwreck
— Kayli Mernka (@kitty354) July 12, 2018
Me screaming at June during the season finale of Handmaid’s Tale pic.twitter.com/S2vmTP9KRb
— Amy (@amaymayc) July 12, 2018
As in all angry mob situations, there were those just looking to pick a fight:
I'm gonna fight all the writers and directors of the Handmaid's Tale that was a terrible finale what the fuck
— Alyssa (@asyllacantu) July 11, 2018
Some hit the writers with a good dose of pragmatism because—WTF were they thinking?!
SPOILER FOR THE HANDMAID'S TALE FINALE.
Just a quick PSA to the writers and the character of June. You know what the people smuggling them out probably didn't bring, formula. For that exclusively breastfed baby. Because – you know – June was supposed to come in the car.
— Allison Sanchez (@Demandhats4cats) July 13, 2018
How in the world is Emily going to feed Nicole during their drive to freedom?
— Katie Weiss (@kweiss8778) July 12, 2018
How is June not going to be killed for what she just did?
— John B (@johnnyatab) July 11, 2018
I think June could have done more for ”The Cause” and her daughters by working at it in Canada. Definitely not the ending I pictured.
— Stacy Thornton (@sunstorm828) July 11, 2018
Others had advice for June:
Holy slow walk. C'mon run. Get those legs pumping. Now is not the time to get sentimental.
— Lisa Hirst Carnes (@lisahirstcarnes) July 12, 2018
JESUS CHRIST JUNE?!? YOU CANT HELP HANNAH FROM WITHIN GILEAD… GO TO FUCKING CANADA. I just can’t right now with all this anxiety #HandmaidsTalefinale
— Gabriel Burrola (@Gabrius07) July 12, 2018
— Jayne Denker (@JDenkerAuthor) July 12, 2018
But most fans were just incredulous and worried:
— King T’Challa (@_QuietImTweetin) July 11, 2018
I'm worried about June and serena's punishment…
— Carolyn Denny (@CarolynDenny14) July 11, 2018
— Carrie Howard (@carriechoward) July 12, 2018
I'm worried about Nick
— Angela (@reateguiangela8) July 12, 2018
I know! How is Nick going to get out of that? I loved his quiet “we'll stay here” line.
— Nia Platt (@niaplatt2) July 13, 2018
But one brave fan, Actress and Model Hari Nef, dared to imagine a bright side in an alternate universe:
say what you want about the handmaid’s tale finale. i’m just excited for next season when rory and lorelai finally get to reunite in canada
— hari nef (@harinef) July 12, 2018