June: I heard that you were going to Geneva. So I thought this might be my last chance.
Fred: Really? To wish me well. That doesn't sound like our June. Out of respect, I hold no ill will even after those things you said in court.
June: Fred, I think we both know what happened.
Fred: Yes, we do. I remember quite well. I do understand that you had to frame things in front of the judge and your husband. There were discomforts in my house, I know, for both of us. More for you, of course. And for that, I do have deep regrets. I don’t know I was able to truly appreciate your situation until now. As a father, to have my son taken away from me would be unimaginable. You must have experienced such terrible longing for your daughter. And for that, I’m sorry, truly deeply sorry.
June: I didn’t think you’d ever say that.

Fred: What we had, it was vital, it was a relationship we both needed very badly to survive in our own ways. I wouldn't call it love. It was something else, something very strong.
June: Yeah, yeah, there was.
Fred: It's funny to find myself missing her.
June: Who?
Fred: Offred. I realized that must sound strange to you.
June: No, I miss her too, some things so much. I miss her strength.
Fred: She was very special, inspiring in a way.

Luke: June?
June: I know. I’m sorry. Just give me five minutes, OK. Just give me five minutes with her. Then I’ll go. Mommy loves you. Mommy loves you so much.

Fred: You are a good and cunning woman, a mother.
June: Choose.
Fred: I know you can’t shoot me.
June: All right.

Fred: Nick, you know this is all wrong. Where are we? Are we even in Gilead anymore?
Nick: Keep moving.
Fred: What jurisdiction do you have to hold me? I have questions, and they deserve. Fuck. You will regret this, son. You know this is wrong. Tell me where I am.
Nick: Keep moving. You’re in no man’s land, commander.
Fred: Oh god.
Nick: Do not be deceived. God is not to be mocked. For whatever man sows, so shall he reap. You did this to yourself, commander.

Commander Lawrence: Fred, praised be. You’re home safe. The nation’s prayers have been answered.
Fred: Praised be. Everything I did, I did to protect my family. I won’t apologize.
Commander Lawrence: All right. [to Nick] Nick?
Nick: Commander, Lawrence. The Eyes will take the prisoner into custody.
Fred: Nick, Nick, what are you doing?
Commander Lawrence: If I object will it make a difference?
Nick: No, sir. At the border, the Eyes maintain tactical control.
Commander Lawrence: Oh, he seems to have us over a barrel. Go in grace, Fred.

Emily: What do you want?
June: I want him to be afraid because I was afraid for so long.
Emily: How afraid?
June: Like in the woods when I was caught, when they took Hannah.
Emily: More than that.
June: I want him to be scared to death.

I’m glad you haven’t lost your touch. It won’t be enough you, know. Whatever happens to him, if we get him, it won’t be enough for you.

Commander Lawrence

June: And you can save them.
Commander Lawrence: And we can bring our brother home.
June: I get the Fred Waterford is giving you information that you feel will save lives. I get that.
But these are the lives you’re trying to save, and you cannot say that Fred Waterford is worth more than these women, these 22 women. You can't say that.

June: I want to put Fred on the wall.
Luke: June, they are going to let him go. You got to let it go.
June: On the fucking wall.

June: Emily, I really want to let go of him.
Emily: Fred?
June: Yeah. I want to focus on family. I want to focus on Hannah and Nichole and Luke. A good mother would be able to let go. A good mother would be able to let go.

Mark: You plan on living with the commander as husband and wife?
Serena: As a family, of course.
Mark: Can you explain that to me, Serena?
Serena: I don't believe I have to.

The Handmaid's Tale Quotes

Now I'm awake to the world. I was asleep before. That's how we let it happen. When they slaughtered Congress, we didn't wake up. When they blamed terrorists and suspended the Consitution, we didn't wake up then, either. Nothing changes instantaneously. In a gradually heating bathtub, you'd be boiled to death before you knew it.


A priest, a doctor, a gay man. I think I heard that joke once. This wasn't the punchline.