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Wednesday’s episode of The Handmaid’s Tale, “Faithful,” was a lot to unpack. There’s Offred’s twisted relationship with The Commander. We have the baby-desperate Serena Joy pimping out Offred’s body to Nick. Offred finds out what happened to Ofglen No. 1 (aka, Emily), who ends up being dragged away after she hijacks a car and runs a guard over with it. We learn more about Offred’s past life with Luke and their scandalous beginnings (he was married, and they had an affair). And lastly, we see Ofglen have sex with Nick on her own terms.
So. Many. Questions. Like, if Offred does get pregnant with Nick’s baby, won’t the baby be biracial and therefore clearly not The Commander’s? Is Nick really an Eye? Is Emily gone for good this time? Do we have to worry about Ofglen No. 2? Is Offred’s relationship with Nick born out of a rebellious mentality, or does she actually have genuine feelings for Nick? Some of these questions are answered in the book, but since the show has slightly veered off track, we don’t know anything for sure.
Another burning question I have for Episode 5 of The Handmaid’s Tale: Why were there little girls in red outside the cafe where June (aka, Offred) and Luke have one of their first dates?
Costume designer Ane Crabtree told HelloGiggles at The Handmaid Tale‘s premiere in Hollywood that she was very deliberate with her costume choices, and that viewers would notice a lot of hidden details and messages in the clothing. So there’s really no doubt that these little girls in red are symbolic.
My guess is a foreshadowing tool. It’s especially eerie when June and Luke reference the little girls, as they justify their meet-ups as being innocent; they’re just hanging out, watching little kids play outside. Nothing to see here! Is June unknowingly predicting her future? She qualifies for the handmaid life because of this adulterous relationship with Luke (I’m not totally sure how the Gilead government finds out? It takes a lot of expensive technology to suss out whether every woman in the U.S. has First Testament-level sinned or not).
And why are there four girls?
Is the number significant? Does the number stand for Offred, Moira, Ofglen N.1, and… another benevolent handmaid we’ve yet to meet? Or does the number four mean something else entirely?
We’ll just have to keep watching to find out.
Watch The Handmaid’s Tale every Wednesday on Hulu.