This article contains spoilers of The Handmaid's Tale season three.
For those that need a refresher, the series is set in the future, dystopian world of 'Gilead' formerly known as the United States. Violent religious extremists have stripped women of their rights and imposed a male-dominated dictatorship, rounding up women and forcing them into a life of sexual servitude and surrogacy. After an unknown disaster has left most of the population sterile, the few remaining fertile women are captured and given to high-ranking, powerful men as 'handmaid’s' to bear their children. The handmaids are brainwashed and beaten, forced into a life of ritualistic rape each month when they are ovulating, and any child that they bear is immediately taken away to be raised by the household patriarch and his barren wife.
Fans have been waiting anxiously since series two ended, which left us with June's excruciating decision to stay in Gilead to try and save her eldest daughter Holly. The ending also left Aunt Lydia's fate completely up in the air. After being stabbed and thrown over the Lawrences’ stairs by a rage-filled Emily, fans didn't know if Lydia, who is a brutal enforcer of the Gilead’s way of living, was dead or alive. Fans were finally given answers.
Watch the season three trailer below:
As usual, fans took to Twitter to express their feelings. Below, some of the best reactions to The Handmaid's Tale.