The Handmaid’s Tale Season 1 Recap Cliff Notes

These are your Handmaid’s Tale season 1 recap cliff notes. The Handmaid’s Tale is back June 5th and we’ve got a bit of a refresher, starting with season one!


Get ready for your Handmaid’s Tale season 1 recap cliff notes. It’s such a gripping show and season one gives us the backstory and the foundation for this whole world. Watch our full video for every detail, then comment with your biggest ‘wow’ moment! America is no more. It’s now called Gilead due to a coup, and the government is now run by a group called the Sons of Jacob.

Fertility is way down and this new society values families and babies. The men who run this government are called Commanders. Thy have their wives as well as their handmaids. These handmaids are women who are fertile, unlike everyone else. They are supposed to have children for the commander and their wives. Things are not so squeaky clean.

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The main heroine of the Handmaid’s Tale is June. She had a pretty great life prior to Gilead and we find out all about it. June met a man named Luke, they had an affair, he left his wife, and they got married and had a baby named Hannah. We also meet Moira, June’s best friend, who just happens to be a lesbian. June, Luke, and Hannah tried to escape to Canada after the coup, but June and Hannah are caught and separated.

In present day, June is a handmaid for the Waterfords. Fred is a high up commander and his wife Serena is a former author who championed for women to be mothers and come back to the home. June is their second handmaid. Their first one committed suicide. They also have a Martha and a driver named Nick. This sets the scene for our discord, because no one is a willing participant.

June, like all of the handmaids, is being forced to be there. They are slaves and the Aunts are enforcers. These are older women who support and cooperate with the Sons of Jacob.

Our full Handmaid’s Tale Season 1 recap is in our video! So much more happened throughout the season. Who else is excited for Season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale? Comment below with your wild predictions.


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