The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Review: 7 Ups & 1 Down From 'Women's Work'

A little life yet. A lot of strength left.


Contains spoilers for The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Episode 8.

Praise be. The Handmaid's Tale is the gift that keeps on giving, and Women's Work was one of the best yet.

As the title suggests, this week's instalment focused on the work that women do within Gilead's society. Giving us an insight into a woman's overall position in the futuristic community, the episode was incredibly informative not only for us viewers but for the characters in the show too. Serena, for example, learned that even though she is the wife of one of Gilead's leading commanders, not even she is immune to the harsh realities of this new world.

The title of the episode no doubt borrows from Kate Bush's haunting ballad This Woman's Work - a song that was played in the Season 2 premiere. Truth be told, the lyrics couldn't be more relevant to what's going on in the show. "I know you have a little life in you yet. I know you have a lot of strength left".

The position of women has always been a recurring theme on The Handmaid's Tale, but it was explored in much more detail in this episode.


Stephen Patterson is an experienced writer and reviewer. He's also a TV addict.