'The Handmaid's Tale': Why Luke Is Better in the TV Show
Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale is based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name. Atwood recently published a sequel to the book titled The Testaments, which the TV show will incorporate into future seasons. In The Handmaid’s Tale, Luke differs greatly from his book counterpart, and Hulu changed his character for the better. Disclaimer, this article contains spoilers for The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments.
In season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale, Luke takes on the responsibility of raising June’s daughter Holly, who goes by Nichole. At the time he meets Nichole, Luke is under the impression that the baby is a product of rape between Commander Waterford and June.
Midway through the season, June finds a way to tell Luke that Nichole’s real name is Holly, and she is actually the product of love. In doing so, June reveals her love affair with Nick. Luke raising Holly shows him doing something positive out of his love for June.
In The Testaments, June’s daughter is not raised by Luke and her friend Moira. Instead, she is raised in Canada by two Mayday operatives. While season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale came out before The Testaments, this change finally gave Luke an active story line.
Luke was less passive in season 3 of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’
As a whole, Luke is an underwhelming character in both the book and Hulu’s TV show. By raising Holly, season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale finally gives ...
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