WARNING: This article contains spoilers for The Handmaid’s Tale season 2
Season two of The Handmaid’s Tale finished last week and fans are still reeling from that dramatic ending.
Many were left frustrated when June (played by Elisabeth Moss) decided to stay in Gilead despite getting offered a viable escape.
Coordinated by the Marthas and Commander Lawrence (Bradley Whitford), June and baby Holly/Nichole were guided through a series of meet up points before arriving at a location where a van was to collect them and drive them over the border to Canada.
In what seemed like wonderful luck, Emily (Alexis Bledel) was driven there by Commander Lawrence and it looked like they were all going to escape together.
But at the last moment, June handed the baby to Emily and closed the door on the van and stayed behind.
This has understandably left fans angry, saddened and frustrated.
After coming so close and after so many attempted escapes, June finally had her chance but why didn’t she take it?
Why did June not leave Gilead in The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 finale?
The short answer is because her other daughter Hannah (Jordana Blake) is still in Gilead and she couldn’t leave without her.
Before June handed the baby over to Emily, she tucked her photo of Hannah into the blankets.
Earlier in the season, Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) granted her a visit with Hannah, now named Agnes, in one of the show’s most poignant scenes to date.
Mother and daughter were briefly reunited and June promised her child she would be back for her.
Despite wanting to see June finally escape, she made the right decision.
Speaking about her character’s decision, Elisabeth Moss said: “It was the only choice for me.”
She told THR: “There’s really a couple answers to this, and they are equally important.
”Hannah is the first one. It’s as simple as that. She cannot leave her daughter there. She doesn’t know if she can get back in if she leaves.
“What can she do from the outside? She doesn’t know.
“But here’s what she does know. She just discovered that there’s a legitimate and strong underground network of Marthas working for the resistance.”
The finale also saw Serena Joy Waterford (Yvonne Strahovski) rebel against the government by reading from the Bible in protest against Gilead’s laws prohibiting women from learning to read or write.
She lost a finger for it, but her act of rebellion hints at the beginnings of change and dissent among the Wives of Gilead, which could work to June’s advantage.
Moss added: “She doesn’t want to leave Hannah, but when she sees Emily and the commander, she realises she can get her baby Holly out and stay to try to do the same for Hannah.
“And she doesn’t have a lot of time to make that decision.
“She does the riskier thing, which is stay, but she literally cannot leave Hannah in that place.”
The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 is expected to be released next year