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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: Joseph Fiennes Teases That Fred Will Apologize to a Major Character

On June 16, the season 4 finale of The Handmaid’s Tale will premiere on Hulu. Anticipation for the episode is rampant, in part because actors from the show have spoken so highly of it. In The Handmaid’s Tale, Joseph Fiennes plays Commander Fred Waterford. During an interview with Pay or Wait, Fiennes revealed that Fred will have the chance to apologize to another main character at the end of the season.
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The Handmaid's Tale's Joseph Fiennes Says This Season is the Most 'Expansive' Yet

"The season is all about freedom." If there's one word to describe the fourth season of the Hulu drama series The Handmaid's Tale, it's "freedom," says Joseph Fiennes, who plays Fred, a high-ranking commander in the dystopian world of Gilead originally created by Margaret Atwood in her 1985 novel of the same name. "This season we geographically open up, we get to see outside of Gilead. And I guess the expanse played into that wonderful paradox of freedom." The dynamics between Fred and June, played by series lead Elisabeth Moss, show just how evil Fred is. "He's a man cognizant of his actions. You read awful stories about predators who manage to persuade themselves and anyone around them that actually they're the victim. I think that's Fred." But this season the tables have turned. "He has to have a long, hard look at himself. I think it comes as close as Fred can to understanding and accepting why he's there." Like many others, The Handmaid's Tale was impacted by the pandemic, but ultimately they were able to return to create the most "expansive" season yet. "We all felt so privileged to be able to do what we love."
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Joseph Fiennes Teases An Optimistic Future For ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ [Interview]

Have “The Handmaid’s Tale” finally turned the corner? After four seasons of horrors and betrayal, our heroine, June/Offred (Elisabeth Moss) was pushed, almost against her will, into the relative freedom of Canada. Meanwhile, her former captors and abusers, the Commander (Joseph Fiennes) and Serena Waterford (Yvonne Strahovski) are also in the Great White North. The pair have been on trial for numerous crimes against humanity in a de facto United States courtroom. But, the hit Hulu series has certainly liked to tease and then rip away any sense of optimism in this exploration of the authoritarian alternate timeline Margaret Atwood first devised in her landmark 1985 novel. Somewhat surprisingly, Fiennes suggests hope and a fight against the evils of Gilead (formerly a portion of the continental United States) might just be on the horizon.

Joseph Fiennes interview: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

“The oxygen is fast running out for Fred,” admits Joseph Fiennes about his character Fred Waterford on “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and how a once powerful former Gilead commander now languishes as a political prisoner in Canada facing war crimes charges.” He’s got nowhere to hide and run. What we see in Fred is a man who will try to rationalize himself, but he is deeply cognizant and will have to look himself in the mirror and his actions. Will it change him, I don’t know. But it is certainly a new perspective for Fred this season,” he says. Watch our exclusive video interview with the Emmy nominated actor above.
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: Fred Waterford Actor Joseph Fiennes Wants This Fred and Serena Flashback Episode

Fred and Serena Joy Waterford’s past is briefly addressed in The Handmaid’s Tale. In past seasons, fans learned Serena Joy experienced some fame (or rather, infamy) after releasing a controversial book. And Fred stood by her side as a supportive husband. Flash forward to life in Gilead, and he does nothing when Serena’s finger is cut off for reading. Actor Joseph Fiennes wants another Fred and Serena flashback episode to show more details of Fred’s transition from supportive partner to a “weaker” man hiding behind power he didn’t earn.
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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Star Joseph Fiennes Says Sometimes He’s “the Grumpy Dad”

The fourth season of The Handmaid’s Tale — streaming on Hulu on April 28 — is not suddenly going to go soft. Right away, June (Elisabeth Moss) is shot in the stomach after she goes into a full revolutionary mode. She’s on the run. Her captor and rapist Captain Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) is in the slammer. A cozy private hospital isn’t in the cards. So she gets cauterized. Without pain meds. You can do the rest of the math in your head.
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Joseph Fiennes Says Shooting ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ During the Pandemic Left Him ‘Mildly Depressed and Hugely Emotional’

When “The Handmaid’s Tale” began shooting Season 4 last September in Toronto, Joseph Fiennes said he felt safe from COVID. However, it shook him up mentally. “It was the first time in my life where I felt mildly depressed and hugely emotional at the lack of not being able to physically get to my family and keow I wouldn’t see them for two-and-a-half to three months at a time,” says Fiennes from his home in Spain. The soft-spoken actor plays the stoic and sadistic Commander Fred Waterford on the Hulu series, which surprised viewers by dropping its first three episodes on April 27. “I felt like I was letting them down; there was a sense of guilt of not being there,” Fiennes says.
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 4′: Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Fiennes Reveal Dramatic Changes in New Season

The Handmaid’s Tale is officially back. After almost two years of waiting, the powers that be gifted fans with The Handmaid’s Tale season 4 a little bit early. The show was set to be released today but actually premiered yesterday on Hulu. According to stars Elisabeth Moss (June Osborne) and Joseph Fiennes (Commander Fred Waterford), things this season are going to heat up very quickly.