The Handmaid’s Tale: Commander Lawrence star details what makes the show ‘exceptional’
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In the season four finale of Hulu’s dystopian series Fred Waterford (played by Joseph Fiennes) met his shocking and unexpected demise. As an establisher of Gilead, it was even more surprising to see the woman he tried to oppress June Osborne (Elisabeth Moss) lead his murder. She was assisted by Commander Lawrence (Bradley Whitford) who was playing both sides and he recently detailed what made The Handmaid’s Tale ‘exceptional.’
In an online discussion with Deadline, the stars of the series and showrunners behind it were in conversation about season four.
Speaking to the host, Bradley stated: “I want to back for a second to, two things that made this season exceptional.”
Bradley revealed: “I think the writing on this show is extraordinary because every character has these cross currents.”
“In a lesser shell, you don’t have that, I think my character in a lesser show would have an epiphany and become heroic,” he explained
The actor went on to say: “But I think we see, this cross current in every character here, we see it in June and I think there was something about this year that was fuelled by the pandemic in the emotional place where we all were as a baseline.”
Commander Lawrence was unlike the other men involved in Gilead who were fuelled by power and greed.
Whilst the other politicians also established Gilead for religious reasons, he jumped at the opportunity because he wanted to build an ecosystem from the ground up.
Throughout the series, it appeared as though he was never religious at all, as he never spoke to Godly phrases or ever prayed.
In fact, he was silently against most of Gilead ideals and rules, this was seen in season three.
When Emily Malek (Alexis Bledel) was moved out of another residence and placed at his home to work as a Handmaid, he made it clear he had no interest in taking part in Ceremony.
Evil disciplinarian Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) came by the next day to ask how it went and Commander Lawrence lied and said it went well, Emily was triggered and stabbed Lydia.
She was forced out on a car journey with Commander Lawrence and although she thought she was going to be punished with death, he made the shocking admission he was part of the resistance.
So he helped her escape Gilead with June’s baby Nichole and they both later made it to freedom in Canada.
Although he seemed to be a better Commander than Fred, Aunt Lydia later revealed Commander Lawrence was responsible for creating the colonies.
This is where rebellious Handmaids were sent as punishment to work in the areas contaminated with pollution and radioactive waste.
Many knew, if they were sent there it would be their place of death as the poisonous fumes will surely and slowly kill them.
In some rare instances, Handmaids were given a choice, Moira Strand (Samira Wiley) chose to be a prostitute at Jezebels over working on the colonies.
In season five, viewers watched as Commander Lawrence helped June orchestrate Fred’s death.
After learning that he would receive immunity, despite her emotional testimony about the trauma she endured at his hands she came up with a ploy to trade him back to Gilead.
The state wanted him as he agreed to give up inside information, so they were happy to trade him for 22 women from the resistance.
In the season finale, Fred was at No Mans Land surrounded by June and ex-handmaids, where he was beaten to death.
The Handmaid’s Tale season 4 is available to stream on Hulu in the USA and airs Sundays on Channel 4 in the UK.
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