The Handmaid’s Tale season 3: June Osborne’s escape revealed in epic clue you missed

Warning: This article contains spoilers for The Handmaid’s Tale novel and season three, episode 12. 

June Osborne (played by Elisabeth Moss) is on a mission to escape from Gilead’s grip. 

However, her route out of the dystopian America hasn’t been an easy one as she has constantly been dragged back to the regime.

Those who have read Margaret Atwood’s original novel know she eventually does get out, but the way she does is slightly ambiguous. 

Now, one Reddit user has spotted a clue that when teamed up with the show, seems to shed light on her escape. 

NaijaVillage looked at the geography of Bangor, Maine, where June’s tapes were found in the novel. 

These tapes were used by historians to determine what exactly happened in Gilead during the dark times. 

Using a Wikipedia page about the town, the Reddit user quotes: “A potential advantage that has always eluded exploitation is the city’s location between the port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the rest of Canada (as well as New York).

“As early as the 1870s, the city promoted a Halifax-to-New York railroad, via Bangor, as the quickest connection between North America and Europe (when combined with steamship service between Britain and Halifax).

“A European and North American Railway opened through Bangor, with President Ulysses S. Grant officiating at the inauguration, but commerce never lived up to the potential.”

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What this tells fans is that June might have to take a weird journey to get to Canada.

So far, the routes she has taken are all a little too obvious, but the lesser-known route to Bangor which wasn’t widely considered, could be her route to escape. 

Meanwhile, the heartbreaking reason June had to let Eleanor Laurence (Julie Dretzin) die has been revealed.

The beloved character killed herself but she could have been saved by June, who walked in on it happening. 

However, when June didn’t help her colleague, one Reddit user thought they’d worked out why she did the horror move. 

Multipliednotdivided wrote: “Would it have actually been possible for June to save Eleanor? Suicide is a crime in Gilead, punishable by death. Is saving her from suicide just to be stoned to death really saving her?

“The drugs she took were contraband that could have gotten the whole house in trouble. How would she have actually been able to save her?”

The Reddit user continued: “She had already thrown up so I think she would have required medical attention by that point. Could they have gotten her medical attention without incriminating her?

“If so, it would most definitely ruin the plan and the plan is like the only thing Eleanor cares about. She sacrificed herself for the plan. Could she have lived with herself if she knew she ruined it?

“She already struggled with taking part in Gilead. As much as I loved Eleanor, was saving her actually a possibility?”

The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 drops weekly on Hulu on Wednesdays and airs on Channel 4 in the UK every Sunday at 9pm. 

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