*Warning: Spoilers ahead of The Handmaid’s Tale episode 7*
The Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss has defended the show after yet another one of its bewildering scenes.
Keeping audiences on their toes over the past five seasons is nothing new for the dystopian series, but one scene this week left viewers confounded after June decided to help Serena (Yvonne Strahovski) deliver her baby.
Despite being held at gunpoint and essentially held hostage (again) by her former captor, June jumped in to act as a midwife when Serena started going into labour.
But, defending the decision to help and not leave Serena to sort things out herself, Moss has said a large part of June deciding to stay was the belief that she might finally convince Serena to change her callous ways.
‘Believe it or not, and it takes us a second to get there in the season, obviously, but June wants Serena to be a good mother,’ Moss told Forbes.
‘June wants her to be a good person. She desperately wants it. June’s greatest strength and biggest flaw is her belief that Serena will find the right way and change.
‘She’s also not going to do anything to harm that baby. She will not let Serena and Noah die out there.’
Following the birth, the pair discussed whether the baby will grow up to be like his father, Fred Waterford, but June offered some kind of comfort by saying that how he was raised would determine the person he becomes, rather than his genes.
Fans were understandably shocked by the turn of events, but also seemed to echo June’s hopes for Serena.
It was part of a broader ideal that Moss said June has as she continues fighting for change.
‘I think that she makes this decision at the moment not to be Serena and not to be Gilead. She can’t let all that trauma, evil, and violence make her into them,’ Moss added.
‘I love that about her. I think it’s so noble and so heroic. To me, that is true heroism. It’s not about wearing a cape or carrying a weapon. It’s not about violence. It’s about deciding at the moment that you are going to be a better version of yourself, and to me, I think that’s so beautiful.
‘Despite the whole tearing Fred apart thing, believe it or not, June is a good person.
With three episodes of this season left to go, and confirmation that the next will be the last, there’s set to be plenty more in store as June continues to plot the downfall of the regime.
The Handmaid’s Tale airs on Hulu in the US, with season 5 premiering in the UK on Sunday October 23 at 9pm on Channel 4.