Season 4 of The Handmaid’s Story” is lastly right here, and it is all I have been in a position to discuss to anybody and everybody who has crossed in my path. The brand new episodes choose up proper again up the place we left off in season three, with June affected by her battle wound and the handmaids transferring swiftly to get her to a protected home. That protected home is run by a brand new face to us viewers — Esther Keyes (and her declining Commander). Whereas we see June proceed by means of her struggling, we study slightly bit extra about Mrs. Keyes and the way she’s so essential to the success of Mayday.
Mrs. Keyes is a baby bride who has been taken benefit of by dozens of males that her Commander had invited over prior to now in hopes of manufacturing a baby. After enduring what she’s gone by means of, it is sensible that she’s so passionate to assist Mayday and the handmaids. Although she’s only a youngster (severely, she’s solely 14), she has quite a lot of plans up her sleeve to rid herself of her Commander and of the guard, Johnny, who has taken half in raping her. She confesses her plan to homicide Johnny when June and her get right into a spat one evening over Esther’s therapy of the handmaids. June explains that they’ve all been by means of sufficient and that Esther must deal with the handmaids with kindness reasonably than forcefulness. Esther understands this and finally ends up pleading to hitch the resistance. She even confesses that she’s been slowly poisoning Commander Keyes, which has finally led to his present senile state.
It is clear to me why Mrs. Keyes was launched as a personality on this season, and I might be stunned if she does not stir issues up equally to how June would. Introducing Esther Keyes proves to viewers that some wives in Gilead reside in devastating conditions. She additionally shows somebody who’s able to carrying the torch, if June so chooses to cross it to her — solely time will inform.