CONTENT WARNING: This article discusses rape and includes a graphic, violent scene.

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.

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.