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The Handmaid's Tale: the one huge difference between the show and books 

Warning, spoilers ahead for The Testaments 

Emmy Griffiths

The Handmaid’s Tale season four has taken us by storm over the last few weeks, and it follows June’s attempts to rise up against her oppressors in the dystopian country of Gilead. However, there is a major difference between the show and the two novels - and that is the fate of June’s child, Nicole. 

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In the show, Nicole is secretly smuggled out of Gilead and into Canada by June and Emily, where she is given to June’s husband Luke and her best friend Moira to care for. In the show, Nicole’s location is not a secret, and sparks rage among Gilead’s highest as they campaign fiercely to have her returned to their country. 

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Serena Joy is also allowed to visit her adoptive daughter before her arrest in Canada, where she has a tense exchange with Luke about Nicole’s parentage at the airport. So how are the books different? Warning, spoilers ahead for The Testaments. 

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Warning, spoilers ahead!

In The Testaments, Nicole’s true identity is kept a closely guarded secret that not even she knows - until her adoptive parents are murdered by Gilead operatives and she is placed into hiding by the secret organisation, Mayday, who reveal her true identity to her. Since the novel takes place 15 years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, making Nicole a teenager, we’re looking forward to seeing how the TV show handles its divergence from the original source material. 

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Serena is initially allowed to have visitations with Nicole

We will be finding out, as it has been confirmed that a spin-off to The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments, is already in the works, and will see Aunt Lydia take centre stage as the main role. 

According to the series’ showrunner Bruce Miller, the spin-off will be an “extension of the series”. He told TIME: “The Testaments really gives us much wider glimpses into other parts of the world. They can't keep Offred in Gilead for many more seasons, or a certain amount of wheel-spinning will be going on. They have to move her along.

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