Though The Handmaid’s Tale season 4 delivered “complicated” on a silver platter when Serena Joy Waterford’s (Yvonne Strahovski) pregnancy was confirmed. But is there another layer that viewers aren’t seeing? Many fans of “Handmaid’s Tale” have wondered if Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) is actually the father of Serena’s baby. Here’s what the showrunner revealed about the storyline and what to expect when the Hulu series continues.
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Both Serena and Fred were on opposite ends in “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 4 Episode 2, “Nightshade.” At first, Serena tried to talk to her husband. But Fred made it clear to her that he had no intention of reconciling.
“Nichole is not your daughter, any more than she is mine,” Fred told Serena. “If you think I’m going to hand her over to you and run free to start a new life, you’re delusional.”
Serena then went to Mark Tuello (Sam Jaeger) and asked to separate her best interests from Fred. Tuello then revealed that Serena was pregnant.
“You are pregnant, Serena. The results from your blood test are back,” Tuello said. “Congratulations.”
“The Handmaid’s Tale” showrunner explains Fred and Serena Joy Waterford’s new baby
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After the pregnancy announcement, some “Handmaid’s Tale” fans wondered if Mrs. Waterford cheated on Fred. But it is likely that Fred is the father of Serena’s baby. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, showrunner Bruce Miller explained why Fred and Serena were finally able to get pregnant.
“Well, Gilead works,” Miller said. “They cleaned up; they did everything they could do to increase fertility. They don’t have sterility; men are not sterile. I assume Fred had low motility and poor odds; I would think it would be a poor odds.”
The “Handmaid’s Tale” showrunner also posed a few theories about Fred and Serena’s situation.
“My feeling was that they were either lucky, or it’s just what Serena says – that the clean water, the clean living, all the organic food and all the living in Gilead actually helped a little bit,” Miller said. “Or maybe the prayers have worked. Who’s to say that didn’t work? Somewhere along the line, they got lucky.”
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While the showrunner of “The Handmaid’s Tale” has debunked the theory that Fred is not the father, there are still a lot of layers to reveal when it comes to Serena’s pregnancy. In an interview with TV Insider, Miller reminded fans that Serena always wanted to have a child. But now everything has changed.
“She changed the country to have a baby. She overthrew the government. Now she’s pregnant. Was it worth it?” said Miller. “This season is a lot about getting what you’ve always wanted, and then what you sacrifice for, what you put everything on the line for – and then you see what you’ve become.”
The showrunner also hinted that Serena “will suffer through her pregnancy the way she made June [Elisabeth Moss] suffer.” Speaking to Variety, Miller then predicted that Serena could have her baby taken away.
“She clearly doesn’t deserve to be happy, but maybe there’s a world where she deserves to have a child and have it taken away from her,” Miller said.
For now, fans of “The Handmaid’s Tale” will have to watch Serena’s story unfold in Season 4. Get ready.
The Handmaid’s Tale season 4 is on Hulu.