What will the plot be?
A lot happened in Seasons 1 and 2, so we can expect an equally intense Season 3. The biggest question on everyone's mind: What will happen to June?
Season 2 ended with a whopper of a cliffhanger. June and the baby she conceived with Nick were about to escape to Canada where they could finally find refuge. Commander Lawrence also drops Emily off at the escape van where she is reunited with June. Right as they're about to find freedom together, June makes the hasty decision to stay behind, likely to find her daughter Hannah that she had with her husband Luke before Gilead was established, and with whom she was briefly reunited in Season 2.
That controversial ending prompted many to question the characterization of June, who was so determined to find salvation that it seems absurd she'd turn her back on freedom. Was she motivated by the underground network of Marthas, pledged to rebellion? Or was she merely a grieving mother who couldn't bear to find safety while her firstborn suffers in an abusive household? Probably a combination of the two. Miller told The Hollywood Reporter, "[June's] ready to fight. She's ready to rise up, and ready to take some chances and use all the skills she's learned over the last three years that she's developed in Gilead: the survival skills, the manipulation skills, just the strategic skills that she's learned. She's going to bring them all to bear on hurting Gilead and also helping her daughter, helping Hannah."
Miller also noted that "blessed be the fight" was a phrase the writers kept up in the writer's room for this season, so expect June's hunger for revolution to be the inklings of something greater. In fact, the epilogue in the novel takes place 200 years after Gilead is overthrown, where it's revealed that June had something to do with that rebellion -- and this is the story Miller insists they're expanding upon.
In addition to June, Emily's escape with Nicole is sure to be addressed. Miller spoke to CNN about the fate of the baby, saying, "There's a lot of people who want her, including the whole country of Gilead -- if she happens to get out. So I think it's a huge puzzle piece of our world ... she's the next generation that they're all doing all of this for." Meaning, while their ultimate fate is in question, we're definitely going to be tagging along on their journey.
As for other characters like Lawrence, Serena Joy, and Nick, who helped the women escaped, we'll likely see what repercussions they're facing for their actions. Lawrence, who admitted his involvement in the escape in the finale, believed it would get him into "deep shit," and so will Nick after going head-to-head with Fred. Serena Joy can probably lie about her own encounter with June and the baby, who she let go free, but she's in a precarious place with her husband and Gilead, after her finger was cut off when she read the Bible in a public demonstration.
They may be facing trouble -- or they may be fellow conspirators, along with June, in the coming revolution.