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Cry of the week: Offred loses her family on 'The Handmaid's Tale'

There’s a lot to admire about The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s chilling novel. For months, the show promised a rich dystopia punctured by seeds of resistance — but what we didn’t count on was the emotional punch of seeing how things got so bad in the first place.
In the pilot episode, Offred (Elizabeth Moss) flashes back to the beginnings of the society she now inhabits. She’s on the run with her husband Luke and daughter Hannah, and a harrowing opening sequence shows them fleeing to safety — and failing, as they inevitably must.
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