The Handmaid's Tale

TV Show • 2017 • Drama  Report
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Does an animal die?
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jchapman2595
In a flashback, Offred's husband kills their cat before their escape attempt in order to prevent it from suffering (by leaving it indoors) or draw attention to their escape (by letting it out).
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MKBrown
Cigarette addiction is described extensively in the book
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DaisyDancer
A handmaid, after being rude, has her eye removed. This is shown offscreen.
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Putschibert
In Episode 8, the protagonist gets her legs shaved by her commander
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JohannaH
Fingers are cut off as punishment.
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Kenzbee
Basically the whole series is torture. Every episode shows directly or implies bodily,, sexual, or mental harm. I any of those bother you steer clear. If not, I would highly recommend.
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xswarea
A child born to Ofwarren dies soon after birth- assumedly of natural causes.
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vinylzombie
Offred was married before becoming a Handmaid, and she goes on to have an affair with a worker at her master's house.
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JohannaH
no showers, but several bath scenes (no sex content in baths)
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KimmyConley
S1 E5 "Faithful" - Ofted gets sick @ the 35 minute mark S2 E4 "Other Women" - Ofred vomits the green smoothie @ the 18 minute mark
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JohannaH
In one episode a character is shown with thinning hair and is being prayed over for recovery. They never mention cancer, though, and she is only in that one scene.
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MKBrown
In the book electro-therapy is neither mentioned nor used
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xswarea
In a way, the Red Center resembles a form of brain-washing camp where young women are trained into thinking in a way that is compatible with the new government. Occasionally, women are punished and mistreated with the goal of manipulating their thoughts.
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Putschibert
They talk about the punishments like getting your finger or hand cut In Episode 10, a commander gets his hand amputated as punishment.
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JohannaH
A woman hangs herself in Season 1. The main character finds a woman dying from suicide (overdose) in Season 3.
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JohannaH
No characters are identified as autistic.
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MKBrown
Yes and no - the topic of abortion is a main theme in the book. It is outlawed and this is brought up frequently. This probably isn't a good book to read if you're sensitive about the topic of abortion.
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JohannaH
Childbirth and pregnancy are a main focus of the storyline and several women are shown giving birth.
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xswarea
A major concept within the book and TV series is the role of the Handmaids to conceive a child for the Wife by the Commander. Offred herself describes the complex ritual by which the Commander attempts to impregnate her. She also has s*x with the Commander at an underground party full of scantily clad women wherein he leads her to a room and sleeps with her. Later on, she has an affair with Nick.
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JohannaH
sexual assault is a main topic and shown several times
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Are there incestuous relationships?
National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.4673
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DaisyDancer
In the first episode, we see someone hanging on a wall with a pink triangle on them, whilst Offred narrates them as gay. Later, a lesbian is referred to as a 'gender traitor' and her lover is put to death.
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Ellayesay
There is lots of homophobia and sexism
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WhyamIdoingthis
There are no trans/non binary characters, but people have been hung for "gender crimes"
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Greetindsfromsaturn
Words such as "gender traitor" are used to describe homosexual people
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MKBrown
The ending as a whole is unhappy and morbid for everyone at worst and at best is ambiguous and unhappy (only for the main character - we know everyone else still got a VERY unhappy ending)
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Head squish
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Ellayesay
There is a lot of hanging in almost every episode
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JohannaH
not abused in a family setting or in a traditional sense, but the society they grow up in is unsafe and the viewer is aware they won't have happy/free lives.
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Putschibert
The show takes places alter a nuclear catastrophe
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MKBrown
In the book nobody falls to their death since this was already thought about and the windows of houses were made so they can't get out and die.
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xswarea
In an attempt to escape the oppressive regime of Gilead, Offred (or June Osborne in the new series), and her husband crash their car against a tree. Fortunately, she and her family not significantly harmed but are slowed down in their flight.
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xswarea
See category Does a car crash? for more details.
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Putschibert
In season 2, Episode 12, two side characters get drowned in a pool as punishment
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