The brand new season of dystopian drama series The Handmaid’s Tale is here and although the show has a history of being gritty and creepy, fans were left disturbed by the latest episode and they’ve taken to Twitter to say that it “isn’t sitting right” with them.
In the episode, June (Elisabeth Moss) is now free after escaping her life as a handmaid. She ends up crossing the border to Canada, where she reunites with her husband, Luke, after being apart for seven years.
During one scene, she rapes her husband, after experiencing shocking abuse herself for almost a decade.
The Handmaid’s Tale fans have since taken to social media to voice that the scene made them feel uncomfortable and some believe that it should never have taken place.
Can we talk about how toxic that sex scene between June and Luke was like I don’t even have words for what I just saw #HandmaidsTale
— TTTA (TV to Talk About) (@TV2TA) May 26, 2021
*HANDMAIDS TALE SPOILER*
did they really think watching a rape survivor, june, rape her husband she just got back was a power move??? i’m so disgusted
— ???????????? (@glorifiedthot) May 27, 2021
not the rape scene #HandmaidsTale
— nicki minaj???????? (@Janellestanacc) May 28, 2021
Now why did June rape Luke like that…Girl what the whole fuck… #HandmaidsTale
— KB ???? (@Hi_KB_) May 29, 2021
The scene with June and Luke at the end of this episode isn’t sitting right with me ???? #HandmaidsTale
— kellz (@kellyperezzzz) May 27, 2021
I think the writers made a huge mistake in putting that scene with Luke and June in the episode. No one wants to see June r@pe her husband. #HandmaidsTale
— Joyyoncé (@Hierooglyphics) May 27, 2021
The only thing Luke did was care for June and protect her, for June to turn around traumatize him like that. I don't blame him if he leaves her, he did not deserve that #handmaidstale pic.twitter.com/4SKpwCLx0t
— Denisha (@ItzD) May 26, 2021
Watched #HandmaidsTale last night & I have a few thoughts: go ahead and give Elisabeth Moss every award possible because her performance in last night’s episode brought me to tears – how could she do that to Luke?! That was rough to watch.
— VSG ✨ (@VictoriaSylvia) May 26, 2021
The Handmaid’s Tale dropped its anticipated fourth season late last month after nearly 20 months off the air, as production on the fourth season was shut down for months due to the pandemic, as was many other productions across the globe.
The series is based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood and stars Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss as its hero.
New eps of The Handmaid’s Tale drop weekly on SBS Demand.
If you or someone you know is experiencing physical or sexual abuse, calls can be made 24 hours a day on 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) to the National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line, or visit www.whiteribbon.org.au.