The Handmaids Tale season 5: Nicks new wife betrays June in revenge twist?

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Nick Blaine (played by Max Minghella) is the secret spy of Gilead and, during the latest season of the Hulu drama, his former role as well as his new role as a Commander, have put him in more dangerous positions than ever before. After June (Elisabeth Moss) escaped Gilead and tried to rescue her daughter Hannah (Jordana Blake), a new theory suggests The Handmaid’s Tale character’s strict new wife could exact revenge on June for not following Gilead’s rules.

Nick has never been comfortable in his role as Commander and the spy of Gilead has slowly been making moves to rescue the innocent citizens of the totalitarian state.

This has led to many discussions among the fandom about the future of Nick and June and whether they will ever properly be together with their daughter Holly.

However, there was a shock in store when it was revealed that Nick had married for a second time in season four as per Gilead rule.

Now, more discussions have led to the thinking that his wife could exact revenge on June for not following the strict rules of the state.

Could there perhaps be a hidden meaning behind her act of revenge?

Nick and June began their secret relationship in season one after the latter realised Nick could be trusted and was not like the other Commanders.

The pair have continued their relationship throughout the seasons so will his wife discover they are still together and attempt to kill her for getting in the way of their marriage and their possibility of children?

In a conversation with the Producers Guild of America on YouTube, creator and executive producer Bruce Miller discussed Nick’s unseen wife and hinted that she could play a major role in season 5.

The creator also discussed whether Nick and his new wife were in a consensual relationship, saying: “I would assume that any marriage in Gilead was unconsensual from what we’ve seen.

“I think it is an unconsensual relationship,” Miller continued.

“We haven’t seen his wife yet but one of the great things in the book that was in the pilot, which I loved, and everybody talks about it still is that June says in her voiceover that Nick is low status.

“One thing she says is, ‘He hasn’t even been issued a wife’ and, the expression ‘issued a wife’, people understand that Nick has a wife but he hasn’t fallen in love and proposed to somebody.

“He’s just been issued a wife.

“That situation is inherently non-consensual for everybody involved, so another awful situation,” the showrunner concluded.

As Nick’s power has risen throughout season three, especially season four, will the writers focus more on his new wife in season five?

But there is also another reason that Nick’s wife could be after the fearless leader as Nick has, all along, been helping his lover to bring down Gilead from the inside.

Nick has a close association with The Marthas’ Network, a self-organised resistance group used to exchange news and secrets.

This will undoubtedly be extremely dangerous for Nick going forward, especially considering he is juggling so many moving parts.

Could Nick’s wife uncover the secret that Nick has been working with the Marthas and helping June to escape and hand that knowledge over to Gilead?

If so, his life will be in as much grave danger as June’s, if not more so.

There is also the worry that Nick’s wife could pretend to help the pair but, later, betrays them both for their deceit and adultery, which could lead them both to be held hostage by the totalitarian state.

It is seeming increasingly likely, especially as June has now murdered her former Commander, Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes), so Gilead will be more eager than ever to capture the so-called traitor and murderer. 

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, star Moss stated that June’s life “is all about this war”.

“That is her purpose and, let us not forget, she still has a daughter that is in Gilead,” she continued.

With June stopping at nothing to protect the ones she cares about, particularly Nick, his wife will have to put up one hell of a fight.

The Handmaid’s Tale season 4 is available to stream on Hulu in the USA and airs Sundays on Channel 4 in the UK.

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