Warning: This article contains spoilers for The Handmaid's Tale season three finale.
The Handmaid's Tale season three didn't end in total disaster. After all, June Osborne (Elisabeth Moss) managed to help over 50 children escape the fascist regime of Gilead. But, it came with a shocking catch (although, are we really surprised?). June is shot in the process and is last seen bleeding out in the middle of the woods. In June’s final few seconds of 2019 finale, we watch her stare blankly at the screen before her eyes drift closed, with no idea if she survives.
However, considering the fourth season has been confirmed it would be highly unlikely this is the end of June. The Handmaid’s Tale goes out of its way to ensure June isn’t dead in the last minute of the episode. June's handmaid friends — including Janine (Madeline Brewer), Alma (Nina Kiri), and Brianna (Bahia Watson) — forgo their chance to escape Gilead on the Canada-bound, child-carrying cargo plane just to save June. Rather than leave June to die, we see them carrying her body to safety, using her gigantic regulation handmaid dress as a makeshift stretcher.
June's finishing monologue is equally encouraging. "The Lord said, 'I have seen my people in bondage, and I have heard their cry,'” she says in voiceover as the handmaids carry her through the woods. “I know their sorrows, and I have come to deliver them from the hand of evil men and lead my people out of that sorrowful place, to a land flowing with milk and honey."
While we'll have to wait for season four to air, we've rounded up some of the best reactions to the season three finale.