Why Lydia and Janine Are The Handmaid’s Tale’s Most Compelling Relationship

Editor’s Note: The following contains The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 spoilers.

Additionally, this article contains references to sexual assault.The Handmaid’s Tale is currently in its fifth season and over the years, the show has contructed and demolished so many core relationships.

None more interesting than that of Janine (Madeline Brewer) and Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd).

These women bond in the first episode of the series when Janine is brought to the Red Center and experiences Lydia’s wrath for the first time.

Since then, they have frequently floated in and out of each other’s orbits with increasing emotional significance.

The love and fear they share for one another have the potential to throw each woman off balance.

Now, in Season 5, we begin to understand just how deep this river runs.

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