The Handmaid’s Tale star Joseph Fiennes has revealed why his character Commander Fred Waterford is so obsessed with the show’s heroine June.
Fans have long been fascinated by Fred and June’s (Elisabeth Moss) ever-shifting dynamic, and in a new interview, Joseph explains his alter ego’s fascination with his former handmaid.
Fred’s continued obsession with June lies in her ability to bear children, says Joseph[/caption]
June gave birth to baby Nichole in the show’s second season[/caption]
“Offred [June’s former handmaid name] is the epitome of fertility,” says Joseph, 49. “And I think subconsciously he’s attracted to that.”
Joseph went on to discuss how Fred’s fertility struggles with his wife Serena, played by Yvonne Strahovski, only fuelled his attraction to June.
“He can’t have [kids] with his wife,” the actor added. “And also, that lack of fertility, which actually is not her fault, it’s the Commander’s fault, that brings the disconnect in their relationship.”
In the first season of The Handmaid’s Tale, which is based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, viewers saw Fred struggle to impregnate June, despite their monthly ceremonies.
Fred and Serena have had a volatile relationship[/caption]
Serena encourages June to sleep with Nick to get pregnant[/caption]
Nick is the father of Nichole and June’s former lover[/caption]
As a result, Serena encouraged June to sleep with Fred’s driver Nick and she conceived with him.
But Fred remained obsessed with June and frequently invited her for late night scrabble sessions in his office as well as overnight trips to Jezebels.
In later seasons, the relationship soured as June escaped from his home and, despite being caught, at the end of season two, she helped smuggle daughter Nichole out of the country.
The most recent season saw June estranged from the Waterfords as she was assigned a new Commander, but they continued to move in each other’s orbits as they drafted her in to help them locate Nichole.
Season three ended last week with the Waterfords escaping to Canada, only to be captured by authorities.
In season three, June has been focused on bringing down Gilead[/caption]
The series has been renewed for a fourth run, to screen next year[/caption]
It turned out Serena has engineered their arrest as part of a deal with the Canadian police in exchange for her being released so she could be with Nichole.
But in a twist, Fred stabbed her in the back by revealing her own wrongdoings and she now faces being tried as a war criminal.
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Meanwhile, June orchestrated getting a planeload of children out of Gilead to the safety of Canada, but her own fate was left up in the air.
The Handmaid’s Tale has been renewed for a fourth season which will air on Hulu in the US and Channel 4 in the UK in 2020.
Tomorrow marks the release of Margaret Atwood’s eagerly-anticipated sequel to the original novel, The Testaments, which will also be made into a TV series.
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