Moss got candid in a new interview and teased that although June may be physically out of Gilead, she may never be able to truly get past the horrors she encountered there.
Even though she may be out of Gilead, Moss describes June as “someone who truly will never really be free.”
“I think that she goes through something that is supposed to bring her closure, freedom, satisfaction — assimilation back into society — and, it doesn’t work because she’s changed too much and she can’t forget what she’s seen, she can’t forget what she’s done,” she explained.
“We say it quite often: Gilead is within you. Gilead isn’t just a place; it’s an idea. And that’s why it’s so universal to the audience. It’s not just something that could happen in America, it’s something that has happened all over the world that currently exists. So, that’s not something you can just get away from because you moved cities.”
A New Trauma
As one fan wrote, “Can we talk about how toxic that sex scene between June and Luke was like I don’t even have words for what I just saw.”
Despite the show’s history of vivid rape depictions, the scene between June and Luke was helped along by the show’s very first intimacy coordinator, who was on set to make sure all actors involved were comfortable with what was being portrayed on screen.
As Moss explained, “We knew what the scene needed to be, we knew what it needed to do, but how were we going to do that exactly? And it’s exactly what I think it should be in the sense of, I don’t know how you have June’s experiences with sex and rape and the trauma of that and come out of that and have a normal relationship with sex.”
She continued, “She hasn’t done the work to get to the place where she can, so I think it’s a very honest portrayal of somebody who is very wounded by what has happened to her and the trauma of that. It’s her story, it’s not a universal story. But I do think it’s accurate for June and what she has experienced.”
Back To Gilead?
Although June is currently in Canada, it remains to be seen if she will try to return to Gilead to rescue her daughter, Hannah, or her best friend Janine (Madeline Brewer), who disappeared in the aftermath of Gilead’s bomb strike on Chicago.
Although fans think that this is where Janine met her end, Brewer teased that there might be more of Janine’s story left to tell. Keep scrolling to see what we learned from her interview below!