The Handmaid's Tale Stars React to Season Premiere's Fiery Twist

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It's back, and there are more twists than ever!

The Handmaid's Tale Season 3 got underway on Hulu earlier today, and The Handmaid's Tale Season 3 Episode 1 delivered many twists. 

Set Up and Humiliated - The Handmaid's Tale Season 3 Episode 1

One of which found Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) setting fire to the Waterford home a handful of scenes after learning that June (Elisabeth Moss) had put Nichole in Emily's care to flee Gilead. 

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While it seemed like Serena Joy was going to fall victim to the fire, June stepped in and urged her to get to safety. 

In doing so, June forged a bond with Serena Joy, and if you've watched the official trailer for the current season, you know the two women are going to get even closer as they aim to fight back. 

Handmaid in the Street - The Handmaid's Tale Season 3 Episode 1

"It's one of those things that had to happen," Moss revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

"There isn't a scene in that Waterford house we haven't done, there isn't a place we haven't been."

"There's no reason for June to be in that house anymore; there's no way she can be in that house."

Added Showrunner Bruce Miller: "It was the exorcism aspect of getting rid of the house that really attracted us to the idea of closure and moving on."

The Wife Serena Joy - The Handmaid's Tale

"It's also something that's very disruptive to the characters."

Strahovski has similar sentiments on the matter. 

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"In my mind, for Serena, it feels like things are so bad, she's just so numb from being so emotional about what she's done – perhaps she's in a place where she's unable to forgive herself and forgive Fred and everything around her," the actress said to the website.  

"She just doesn't care anymore. It's a move in rebellion, coming out of this numbness, where she just doesn't give a shit about the consequences anymore."  

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It was quite the change of pace, and with the Waterford home no longer being featured on the show, it certainly makes one wonder how June will come into contact with some of the characters she spent time with there. 

Alas, The Handmaid's Tale Season 3 Episode 2 and The Handmaid's Tale Season 3 Episode 3 are already available to stream, so there may be some answers in those episodes!

What did you think of the premiere? Are you on board with the new direction?

Hit the comments below. 

The Handmaid's Tale continues Wednesdays on Hulu. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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The Handmaid's Tale Quotes

Ruthless. I remember thinking they are fucking ruthless. Where does it come from? This talent for ruthlessness. Seems so easy for them. For these men, for men like these. That show they won I suppose. It isn't about being right or having the people or God on your side. It isn't anything that grandiose. In the end, victory goes to the hardest heart. To the ruthless go the spoils. Fifty-two kids will be brought to the Lawrence house after sunset. We will move in darkness. We can hide in the dark at least. We have a chance at least. If there is actually a Martha network. If this all isn't a trap set by the eyes, I will get the children to the airport. The plane leaves at midnight. Because I am ruthless.

June

Commander Lawrence: I have made my decision.
June: It's not your decision. Men, fucking pathological. You are not in charge. I am. So go to your fucking office and find me a fucking map. Thank you.
Commander Lawrence: Still in my house! My house, young lady.
June: You really think this is still your house?