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The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 Episode 9: New Trailers Unveil Major Storylines


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The Handmaid’s Tale just keeps getting more intense every week, and now it’s already almost time for the finale. We’re just two episodes away. Will Hannah be saved? Will Serena be able to do whatever it takes to rescue Noah? So much is at stake right now. Of course, you’re likely already wanting to learn whatever you can about The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 Episode 9. We’ve put together trailers that reveal some major storylines — including one not seen in the U.S. — along with a title and synopsis to help prepare you.

Minor spoilers are below for S5E9 based only on trailers and Hulu’s released synopsis and title. If you don’t want to miss a single review, sign up for our e-mail list and choose “The Handmaid’s Tale.” 

The New Episode Is Called ‘Allegiance’

The new episode — The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 Episode 9 — is called “Allegiance.” This one looks like it’s going to be really good. 

Allegiance (Hulu)

The synopsis reads: “June and Luke prepare for a rescue mission. Serena tries new tactics with her oppressive hosts. Lawrence makes a surprising proposal to elevate his status.” 

The fact that Hannah is the featured photo for this episode really makes me eager to see what’s going to happen. Will she be rescued? How will she react to seeing Luke and June again? It looks like June will not be going to New Bethlehem now, but is that really going to continue to be the case? Or will things fall apart? 

Serena’s story is intriguing too, as she navigates the life of being what is basically a Handmaid. 

And the part about Lawrence is intriguing. Is he trying to do something that will elevate both Gilead and himself? We know that he wants to slowly change things in Gilead, but what is his next step? 

Trailers for Season 5 Episode 9 Include a Trailer from HBO

We’ve got two trailers this week. First, here’s the official trailer from Hulu. 

The trailer starts out with Tuello telling Luke and June that their task force is “flying under Gilead’s radar” and they intend to kill anyone who gets in their way. 

I don’t know about you, but Tuello has been accomplishing a lot more ever since he got Serena out of his life! 

June is in what is basically a “war room,” so she gets to watch the whole thing play out. 


We also get to see where Hannah’s been living. 


“They’re coming home,” June gratefully says, which basically tells me something is going to go very wrong. She’s too happy for this show. 

Serena, meanwhile, is shown doing her best to play the role of a happy Handmaid. But she seems disturbed when Mrs. Wheeler tells her that her husband doesn’t answer to Gilead’s commanders. 

Next is a scene of June walking away looking very angry. And we cut to the Commanders all meeting together again (including Lawrence.) And then June on the phone saying, “I cannot make Gilead look like the victim.” Is she speaking with Lawrence?

We see a quick shot of Mrs. Wheeler slapping Serena. Looks like Serena is getting the same treatment she gave to June. 

Lawrence is on the phone (likely to June) saying, “I was trying to avoid all this bloodshed.” And then we get a quick shot of June looking really upset. 

Next is an interesting moment. Serena is running into the street while holding Noah. Is she trying to escape again?! 

And June is seen telling Luke, “We do not stop fighting. No matter what, we don’t stop.” Does that mean the rescue attempt is unsuccessful? (We also get a quick shot of Nick, with no context.) 


This week we also got to watch the Israeli trailer/HBO Asia trailer again, which isn’t shown in the United States. It always gives us a fun extra scene or two, hinting at what’s to come and giving us things to talk about. This is an official trailer that is publicly released in countries where HBO releases Handmaid’s rather than Hulu. 

Here’s a quick rundown of what happened. 

Commander Lawrence is meeting with Putnam’s wife with an interesting proposal. In fact, it’s quite unexpected. Meanwhile, Mrs. Wheeler is wanting to bottle feed Noah, but Serena wants to nurse him and thinks he’ll get confused otherwise. It looks like Mrs. Wheeler is putting her foot down, though. 

We also got another view of June in the war room, essentially the same as the Hulu trailer. 

So both trailers have some very short scenes not in the other, along with a few scenes that overlap. Overall, this looks like it’s going to be a really good episode. 

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    Stephanie Dwilson started Post Apocalyptic Media with her husband Derek. She's a licensed attorney and has a master's in science and technology journalism. You can reach her at [email protected].

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