The Handmaid’s Tale season 5 showrunner ‘confirms’ return for Fred Waterford

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Season four of the megahit Hulu series, The Handmaid’s Tale, saw June (played by Elisabeth Moss) in a way fans never have before. The finale shocked viewers and showrunner Bruce Miller has detailed his reaction, as well as the future of a major character.

WARNING: Spoilers for The Handmaid’s Tale season four finale below.

The former Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) finally met his end at the hands of fearless leader June Osborne, as well as her fellow handmaidens.

The finale may have shocked viewers but the finale episode, The Wilderness, delivered the gruesome end fans have been waiting for.

Fred was the horrifying primary villain for the past four seasons so it will be interesting to see how June, and Fred’s wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski), will move forward now that he is dead.

Showrunner and creator Bruce Miller recently detailed the character’s brutal death scene, as well as hinted at Fred’s future on the series.

Miller spoke to Entertainment Weekly and discussed shooting Fred’s final scene and whether the character could possibly return inthe future.

Miller said: “Well, let me answer the second part first, which is certainly I think we’ll see Fred again.

“I mean, I would die if I didn’t see Joe [Fiennes] again.”

The showrunner continued by explaining that filming with Fiennes is always a joy as he is such a “lovely man, generous actor, such a professional”.

Miller added that shooting Fred’s final moments was “bittersweet” as he was proud of how the character’s story ended, but he was sad to see Fiennes leave the cast.

However, he also revealed that he was not on set the day they filmed the actor’s final scenes, but spoke frequently to Fiennes about his ending.

Despite the fact that Fred is truly dead, given the traume that June has suffered at his hand, it seems very likely that his horrific acts, as well as his death, will haunt the fearless leader for some time.

How will June cope in season five now that her heinous abuser is dead?

The showrunner stated that The Handmaid’s Tale team did a significant amount of research about refugee workers in order to correctly portray the emotional June feels in her final confrontation with Fred.

Speaking to refugees, Miller revealed that they deemed the moment their abuser apologises to them was “the worst moment” as they “realised their abuser knew all along it was wrong”.

So when Fred apologises for his actions towards June, is the definite moment she decided to kill him, explains Miller.

He added that Fred’s death was “a natural continuation of June’s story”, so it makes sense that Fred would appear in a flashback of some sort in season five as he clearly won’t be forgotten anytime soon.

Next season fans can expect to see a further exploration of June’s “pain” and “trauma” as well, especially as Fred has now been killed.

“She’s done this terrible thing, or what she feels like is irredeemable. Can she snap back?” the showrunner remarked.

For season five, Miller has promised more confrontations between June and Serena Joy as the latter doesn’t “like to lose”.

He stated that Gilead will not care about Fred’s demise, but that his wife “is really the one you have to worry about”.

Miller explained that the “death of your abuser is a complicated emotional thing” and will affect the next season greatly.

However, Miller hinted that Serena Joy will relish having time without her husband to renew her feud with June, and will possibly act on her anger sooner than we think.

No matter what happens next season, there’s no doubt it will be absolutely enthralling.

The Handmaid’s Tale season four is available to watch now on Hulu in the US. The latest season will be released in the UK on Sunday June 20 at 9pm on Channel 4.

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