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, but we won’t know for sure until Season 3. But at a Season 2 finale screening, Elisabeth Moss said, "I hope [June is] going to go back and fuck some shit up."
Where the rest of the plot is heading is hard to say. The show has far surpassed the source text, which ended right where Season 1 did. There’s an epilogue in the novel that takes place 200 years after Gilead is overthrown, where we learn June had something to do with that outcome. We never learn her exact role in the rebellion, but that’s the story Miller plans to tell, saying that he doesn’t see the show as surpassing the book so much as elaborating on the mystery of that 200-year gap. "We're just covering territory [Atwood] covered quickly, a bit more slowly," he told The Hollywood Reporter.
In addition to June, we’ll learn the fate of Lawrence, Serena Joy, and Nick who helped her and Emily escape and may be dealing with the repercussions. Emily’s attack on Lydia all but sealed her fate until Lawrence intervened, and his part in her escape -- which, he admitted in the finale, would get him into "deep shit" -- will probably be widely suspected. After the execution of his wife and going head-to-head with Fred, Nick is also sure to face wrath in Season 3. 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. We'll be following Season 3 developments, so check back for regular updates.