Escaping Gilead! The Handmaid’s Tale Podcast (Episode 403)

The Handmaid's Tale 403 "The Crossing"
(Photo by: Sophie Giraud/Hulu)

It wouldn’t be The Handmaid’s Tale without some good old-fashioned torture scenes, would it? We need characters like the Lieutenant to remind us of the kind of people Gilead uses to meet its goals. If you’ve watched any amount of horror or certain kinds of thrillers (or Schindler’s List come to think of it), you’ve doubtless seen the smiling, jovial, workaday psychopath embodied by the Lieutenant. When a character like that enters the frame, the audience is meant to feel like ANYTHING is possible because he’d feel no remorse about it. BUT did that make you feel worried for Hannah, trapped in that plexiglass box? During Paul and Caroline’s discussion of The Crossing, they spend a lot of time on that subject.

They also ponder:

  • The believability of June’s continued survival
  • The believability of the Handmaids’ last stand at the railroad tracks
  • The stuff happening in Canada
Season 3:

301+302 | 303 | 304 | 305 | 306 | 307 | 308 | 309 | 310 | 311 | 312 | 313

Season 4:

401 |402

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For the first three seasons, you might have been listening to Paul and Caroline as the “Daley Review”, faithfully analyzing each episode of The Handmaid’s Tale. Since January of 2020, they’ve decided to team up with to form Pod Clubhouse and continue reviewing the show under that banner. You’ll get the same analysis and the same repartee only a married couple can give, just under a new name: Escaping Gilead! The Handmaid’s Tale Podcast!

“Ominous Ambience” by Viljami Mehto, licensed by Pod Clubhouse.

This podcast was recorded, edited, and produced at Pod Clubhouse Studios and is a Pod Clubhouse Original Production.