THE Handmaid’s Tale showrunner Bruce Miller has said cutting Nick Blaine’s scenes from season three was “heartbreaking”.
Fans hoped they’d find out the truth about the undercover Gilead soldier who had an affair with June (Elizabeth Moss) in season one and secretly fathered her daughter in season two.
Nick fathered baby Nichole – and is June’s former lover[/caption]
He was then promoted to Commander and deployed to Chicago, making him absent for much of the most recent series.
And Miller revealed he was forced to scale back Nick’s scenes, noting the move felt like “s**t”.
Speaking about Max Minghella’s brooding officer, as well as June’s fellow Handmaids Janine (Madeline Brewer) and Moira (Samira Wiley), the producer said: “We just don’t have the real estate in the show.
“We would love to delve into more stories. We had all sorts of other stuff with Nick, and with characters like Janine and Moira.
Nick worked as Commander Waterford’s driver[/caption]
“You really feel like you could have 23 hour-long episodes and every single one be interesting.”
Miller added: “I feel like s**t when I have to cut that stuff, but sometimes you have to make those decisions when you’re trying to make a good TV show overall.”
Nick was first introduced as Commander Waterford’s driver.
June gave birth to baby Nichole in the show’s second season[/caption]
He is originally from Michigan and was recruited into the Sons of Jacob prior to Gilead.
Nick is revealed to be a plainclothes operative of The Eyes with loose ties to the resistance.
In the first season of The Handmaid’s Tale, which is based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, viewers saw Commander Fred Waterford struggle to impregnate June despite their monthly ceremonies.
And as a result, his wife Serena encouraged June to sleep with Nick and she conceived with him.
The drama has been renewed for a fourth run, to screen next year[/caption]
Nick was there for June when she pined over her eldest daughter Hannah and even helped her track the child down.
Season four of the Hulu show, to air next year, will throw more light on his true intentions thanks to Margaret Attwood’s sequel novel, The Testament.
He’s set to feature in the forthcoming series after a reference to June’s daughters (Hannah and Nichole) reveals they are reunited with their TWO fathers – which would be Luke for Hannah, and Nick for Nicole.
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Season three ended last week with the Waterfords escaping to Canada, only to be captured by authorities.
Meanwhile, Aunt Lydia will face a “massive catastrophe” in season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale.
The violent character becomes one of three main characters in the forthcoming series and could be served a dose of her own sadistic medicine.
Set 15 years after the first novel, The Testament, released yesterday, is told from three women’s perspectives, Aunt Lydia and Nichole and Hannah.
The Handmaid’s Tale airs on Hulu in the US and Channel 4 in the UK.