TV Club: Alexis Bledel’s shattering, wordless performance anchors a brutal Handmaid’s Tale

“Late” is 53 minutes and nine seconds long, and that includes the credits. In those minutes, Alexis Bledel utters not a single word. She only makes two, maybe three sounds. One of them is a moan of despair. The last is a a scream. It’s filled with rage and horror, lasting all of one second. It is the most cathartic, awful second of television you will see this year.

There’s no way to truly know that, of course. For one thing, there are seven episodes remaining in this season of The Handmaid’s Tale, and you don’t have to have read the book to know that there are horrors lying in wait down the road. In this instant, however, it’s difficult to imagine another moment like that one coming along: a sound of primal rage and grief, capping a performance that weakens the knees, chills the …

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