The Handmaid’s Tale has always had a thing for showing closeups of June staring at the camera, but it became very prevalent during Season 3 on Hulu. In fact, those closeup stares were so common that they turned into a running joke and memes among the fans. Here are some of the best memes and jokes about it.
This post has spoilers for all of Season 3 (it was originally written during that season), but the trend continued into Season 5 too.I'm not the only one who noticed all those closeups of June in #TheHandmaidsTale Season 3. Click To Tweet
Here’s how Episode 12 of Season 3 ended. I honestly thought it would have been better if they had ended on Lawrence’s stare at June, but here we are.
[Spoilers S03E12] Don’t tell me you didn’t laugh when you saw this: from TheHandmaidsTale
And this one is really funny. It’s from u/ForgetfulLucy28 on Reddit and it was a prediction for the finale.
One fan wrote in response: “By the end of the last season it’s just going to be one of June’s electrons zipping about.”
And this is what June might look like by the time she finally gets Hannah back. 🙁
[No Spoilers] When June finally gets Hannah back. from TheHandmaidsTale
And what about this one?
A couple of weeks ago, Hulu took a different tactic.
[No Spoiler] Hulu: "We heard you were tired of close-up shots of June staring directly into the camera." from TheHandmaidsTale
Of course, the jokes and memes aren’t just on Reddit. There are a lot of them on Twitter too from this past season. Here are what some fans had to say about those special June staring moments.
I love #TheHandmaidsTale, but everything moves so incredibly slow and they keep opening new doors without closing others…
A good start would be to not start and end every significant moment with a closeup of Elisabeth Moss' terrified/confused/angry/helpless/heartbroken face pic.twitter.com/RrGlTVXRTF
— Andy Kleinman (@andykleinman) June 27, 2019
They ended in a fucking close up lol #TheHandmaidsTale
— Gizzle (@giz2le) August 14, 2019
Did you get tired of the close-ups like so many other viewers did? Or did you think they were done well?
This one may have taken things a little too far for some fans.
#TheHandmaidsTale needs to take it down a notch with these close up shots. pic.twitter.com/HZGp71UqNX
— Daniela (@DanielaEspo) August 12, 2019
One fan said they love June, but sometimes it becomes just a bit too much.
I love June, the show and the awesome cinematography but enough of those close up scenes already! It’s really freaky in a really freaky way!! 😂#TheHandmaidsTale pic.twitter.com/dB3SN5A5Eb
— Huda Rashid (@Huda_MRashid) June 26, 2019
Ever wonder what it would be like to end an episode with a closeup on a different character?
The Handmaid’s Tale needs to absolutely calm the fuck down with these closeups. #TheHandmaidsTale pic.twitter.com/4PXV3T4w3e
— Kath 2.0 (@Kath2point0) August 8, 2019
Writers of Handmaid’s Tale: The next scene will just be a two minute close-up on June’s face staring pointedly into the camera
Audience: That was also the last scene
Writers: Man that was a great scene
Audience: We want story and character develoment and subplots
Writers: Face pic.twitter.com/aRRMkzRpbR
— Tom Bennett OBE (@tombennett71) August 16, 2019
Some fans got tired of the whole thing during Season 3.
Why do we end every. single. fawking. episode of this season’s Handmaid’s Tale with a close up on June like this? 😒 #HandmaidsTale pic.twitter.com/ZHBj47FU8c
— SATS (@JustSats) August 16, 2019
the directors of the handmaid's tale when they end another episode with a closeup of june looking menacingly into the camera pic.twitter.com/UBFtVmoQxj
— desu (@B612x) August 8, 2019
Okay I’m extremely invested in The Handmaid’s Tale but really, how many close-up shots of Elisabeth Moss can one series have? pic.twitter.com/JO8e2ME9xQ
— jules (@JuliExplores) June 20, 2019
But let’s be honest: not all of those closeup scenes were annoying. Some were done very well.
#TheHandmaidsTale S3 Eps 5 got me all 🤬😭🥺😤😱😞!
BTW, this slow closeup shot of June looking pissed AF while U2’s ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ is playing in the background is EVERYTHING. pic.twitter.com/L1iUBgWEPW
— Edd Zahir (@eddscape) June 20, 2019
There’s an interesting YouTube video made about the whole thing. It seems like even though they did closeups for Season 1 and Season 2 also, they got less creative in Season 3 about the way they did them. So that might be why those moments seemed to stand out more to fans in Season 3.
Watching the video above reminds me of how much I love their soundtrack. I may have to look into that for a future article.
The Trend Continues in Season 5
This article was originally written during Season 3, but the trend of June close-ups has continued during Season 5.
We noticed this very story trending a few times as Season 5 kicked off.
The nice thing about watching handmaids tale is you can look at your phone for a few minutes and look back up and it’s still a closeup of June looking into the camera. Never miss a plot point.
— Jayne Meyncke (@jayniemey) September 19, 2022
Of course, people are still tweeting about the trend too. Jayne Meyncke joked on Twitter: “The nice thing about watching handmaids tale is you can look at your phone for a few minutes and look back up and it’s still a closeup of June looking into the camera. Never miss a plot point.”
The handmaids tale wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t do close up face shots of June every 30 seconds lol
— Semloh Mikaelson (@t_holmes09) September 15, 2022
While we’re really enjoying Season 5 so far (or at least, enjoying a show as much as you can when it’s also a hellscape of a dystopian world), the jokes about the June closeups are still really funny too.
The Handmaids Tale episodes would be 15 min long if they cut out June’s close up shots
— 🖤SimpSlayer⛓ (@simpslayer89) September 16, 2022
Here’s looking forward to more jokes and memes this season!
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