The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 continues with a stellar cast in episode 4.

Based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, the core of The Handmaid’s Tale has lost none of its punch over the decades. 

The first season began airing in 2017 and was swiftly renewed for a second when audiences and critics praised it as one of the most engaging television productions in recent memory. We’ve seen so many tackle the dystopian formula, but few have been as urgent and imperative as Bruce Miller’s gripping drama. 

Season three began premiering on Wednesday, June 5th 2019; with the first episode – simply titled “Night” – viewers were thrown back into the struggle and reunited with familiar faces. 

Now, we’re deep into the season and more immersed than ever. 

What’s on tonight?

Episode four – titled “God Bless the Child” – airs on Sunday, 30th June at 21:00 – Channel 4, as usual. 

In the episode, June negotiates a deal, Janine oversteps the mark with the Putnams after begging to come back into the house and Aunt Lydia orchestrates disturbing punishment; some curious flashbacks also make an appearance. 

Keeping it brief, there’s a lot to come to terms with in this pivotal episode. Let’s be honest, it’s never easy viewing with The Handmaid’s Tale, but it’s always riveting. Let’s take a look at the cast:

Tom Barnett as Commander Logan

Who are they? Commander Logan isn’t exactly a major player in the series, but his place in season three is worth noting. He is a commander in the Republic of Gilead and is associated with the Sons of Jacob. 

What have they been in before? The actor appeared in both 1999’s The Boondock Saints and 2009’s The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day as the Irish Gun Dealer. He played David Benchman in Orphan Black and has appeared in such TV shows as Suits, Rogue, Dark Matter, Ransom and many more. 

 

Ashleigh LaThrop as Ofmatthew

Who are they? Ofmatthew first appeared in season three, episode two – “Mary and Martha” – and has since become a key component to the narrative. She is a handmaid allocated to Commander Calhoun (Jonathan Watton) and is also June’s shopping companion. 

What have they been in before? You may recognise her from 2018’s Fifty Shades Freed and Fifty Shades Darker, the second and concluding chapter in the Fifty Shades of Grey film series, respectively; she played Hannah. However, her most significant role is on TV series The 100 as Priya Desai VII / Delilah Workman. She’s also appeared in Bones, The Kominsky Method and Commune

 

Jonathan Watton as Mathew Calhoun

Who are they? After introducing Ofmatthew, it only seems right to acknowledge Matthew Calhoun, the commander in Gilead to which she serves as handmaiden. Although it isn’t a huge role, he’s a great new addition, and his previous screenwork proves it…

What have they been in before? Watton played Larry in the criminally underrated indie-drama Closet Monster and has also starred in such works as David Cronenberg’s (The Fly) Maps to the Stars, 2007’s Breach and horror-anthology XX.  

 

Clea DuVall as Sylvia 

Who are they? She’s Emily’s wife and the mother of their son, Oliver.

What have they been in before? DuVall has starred in the Academy Award-winning Argo, Ben Affleck’s 2012 drama which he also directed. That’s not all though! She played Stokes in the 1998 cult-horror flick The Faculty and has been in the 2003 star-studded thriller Identity and 2001’s Ghosts of Mars. Last but not least, let’s not forget to mention her role in TV series Heroes as FBI Agent Audrey Hanson. 

 

Cherry Jones as Holly Maddox

Who are they? Holly Maddox was an important feminist before the Republic of Gilead took over. Her role in the serious hasn’t been incredibly crucial, and although we’ve seen her before, it’s great to see her back and performed wonderfully by Cherry Jones.

What have they been in before? Any M. Night Shyamalan fans? Well, Jones played Officer Paski in 2002’s Signs, a friendly face to Mel Gibson’s father character.

Their working relationship doesn’t end there though, as she also portrayed Mrs. Clack in the director’s divisive 2004 horror film The Village. She’s been in a lot, boasting roles in such efforts as Boy Erased, The Perfect Storm and Ocean’s Twelve… a true credit to The Handmaid’s Tale cast.

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