The Handmaid’s Tale star Joseph Fiennes reveals horrific scene deleted from season 2: ‘It didn’t need to be so brutally illustrated’


The Handmaid’s Tale season three is coming to an end on Hulu this week as fans gear up for what is set to be a nail-biting finale.

Fans collectively jumped for joy this season when the Waterfords were finally remanded in Canada with Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) betraying her husband Fred (Joseph Fiennes), who is now awaiting trial accused of war crimes.

Now, with just days to go until the finale which will see June (Elisabeth Moss) attempt to get 50 children out of Gilead, Fiennes, 49, has spoken about the misogyny in the show and reveals a ‘brutal’ scene he fought to keep out of the show.

The scene in question involved Fred raping Serena during a trip to Washington DC, but Fiennes fought hard to have it rewritten.

‘I felt that Yvonne had made such a beautiful, delicate trajectory of her character, it didn’t need a brutal rape to recoil back and find her hatred,’ he said in an interview with The Guardian.

‘It just felt like an idea to push the misogyny,’ he added.

‘And I felt it was all already there. It didn’t need to be so brutally illustrated.’

Fred is due to get his comeuppance in this week’s finale with many fans speculating the evil character will end up dying.

‘He’s got to. Come on, there are some very angry women in red out there,’ he said.

Spoiler alert!

Whatever happens, viewers will be hoping to finally see some justice served.


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