The first season of The Handmaid’s Tale is incredible. But, in hindsight, it made a crucial error: Showing the *full* horror and brutality of the villains...then spending the next two seasons trying to say: “Eh...well, maybe they are morally ambiguous? And perhaps redeemable? Like Walter White and all those other cool cable tv anti-heroes?”
Yeah, if we had spent an entire season seeing Walter White beating up Skylar, sanctioning her rape and ordering her eye cut out because she pissed him off, we would not be having deep debates about the guy. He would just be, you know, bad.
“But Lydia can’t be all bad. She loves Janine and June and Emily and all her precious girls!”
Like OJ loved Nicole.