‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 4: Moira and Emily Had ‘Longer, More Complicated Stories’ That Were Scrapped

Alexis Bledel as Emily and Samira Wiley as Moira walking in a naturally lit hallway in 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 4
Alexis Bledel as Emily and Samira Wiley as Moira in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 4 | Jasper Savage/Hulu

What happened to Emily in ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 3?

Samira Wiley’s Moira is one of the first

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 was filmed during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The show had already started filming when the pandemic shut down production. And during the time off, the crew hustled to rewrite a story that could be produced under the strict COVID-19 safety protocols. Showrunner Bruce Miller said they were able to do just that, but some of the supporting characters’ stories became collateral damage in the process, like Emily and Moira.

[The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 spoilers ahead.]

Alexis Bledel as Emily and Samira Wiley as Moira in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 4 | Jasper Savage/Hulu

What happened to Emily in ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 3?

Samira Wiley’s Moira is one of the first Handmaids to get out of Gilead in the show, making an escape in season 1. Alexis Bledel’s Emily finally escaped Gilead at the end of season 2. With the help of June and Commander Lawrence, Emily and Nichole escape to Canada. But the journey was treacherous—she had to carry the baby across a river that she wasn’t even sure crossed the Canadian border. It did, and she was granted asylum.

Emily began to cope with the trauma she endured in Gilead in Canada and was reunited with her wife and son. At the end of the season, June and the Mayday network successfully smuggled 86 children and some Marthas out of Gilead. In season 4, Emily and Moira work together trying to reunite the children with their biological families.

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What happens to Moira in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 4?

The two quickly learn it’s no easy feat trying to help these children get acclimated. Many of them are so young, all they remember is Gilead. Being reunited with biological family is a difficult adjustment for them because they don’t recognize these people. Of course, that’s exactly what June fears will happen with Hannah.

Unfortunately, Moira, Emily, Luke, and Rita’s stories don’t get as much attention in season 4 as they could have. Still, the scenes they do have are memorable and poignant. Rita, for example, is learning how to be free and grappling with what parts of her life as a Martha in Gilead she actually wants to keep in Canada. Luke has a heartbreaking moment where he fears June won’t want to be with him anymore, even if

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