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Serena Joy
In the Hulu series, given that the "before" Gilead time is closer to present day, rather than the the 80s when the book was written, and Serena Joy is significantly younger in the series than in the book, Serena Joy's backstory will be less Tammy Faye Baker-style televangelist and closer to a Fox News Channel talking head, in the vein of Kellyanne Conway, Tomi Lahren or Megyn Kelly.

When they get to Jezebels...
Waterford will make June and Moira have sex while he watches.
  • Jossed, though oddly enough, he seems to anticipate the notion by setting up their meeting and is disappointed to learn they're not friends "in that way."

On the tv show Janine is much more defiant than in the book, and her psychosis is tinged with more potential violence. So when they want to send her away from Charlotte/Angela, she'll decide that if she can't have her baby, no one can, and smother the baby.
  • Half-jossed. She does try to take her child to death with her, but changes her mind about it.
  • Prediction for Season 2: Janine, Emily, and Ofglen 2 will end up at Jezebel's.
    • Jossed. Janine and Emily end up working in the clean-up colonies and the Second Ofglen dies in a bombing.

Once read a fan theory that the reason that Luke and June's escape failed was that Luke let the border guards know they were coming, and sold out his wife and daughter to save his own skin. In the show, we hear the gunshot that June assumes killed him, but we don't see his body. So I think the TV show's going in this direction ,and will reveal this scene in a parallel with Nick (who once was a believer, but is horrified at what he's supported) giving up his life to help June escape.
  • Jossed. We see what happens to Luke; he was shot by Gilead Eyes. They attempted to nurse him back to health in an ambulance for some reason; the ambulance hits an icy patch and flips over, killing the driver and medic but leaving Luke alive. He gets picked up by some rebels and makes it to Canada.
    • They might well have left him alive because it has been established that he can sire healthy children. Whether they intended to utilize him for artificial insemination or stud him out to Wives (moral and Biblical handwaving to make it "acceptable in Gilead" aside), he would still have some value alive.
    • Or they just wanted him alive so they could question/torture him for information about his attempted escape. They would want to know who helped him, how, when, was there anyone else with him, stuff like that.

the second season will reintroduce the white supremacy in the book.
It's mentioned in the novel that Gilead got more extreme towards its end, and it would be a good way to up the stakes.
  • Seconded, as the showrunners seem to agree with popular opinion about the show's lack of attention to race. We'll have to see.

The second season will have a feminist uprising
But it will only end up benefiting the wives, allowing them to have the same rights as the Commanders, paralleling the unequal benefits that feminism has had across race and class in real life.
  • Pretty close actually! The finale of season 2 has Serena and the other wives propose that girls also be allowed to read, but only the bible, and this rule would only apply to Daughters of Commanders. Unfortunately, she reads from Eden's old bible to prove a point and it results in her pinky being removed.

Gilead's "Middle Period"
In the book's epilogue, which takes place 200 years after the events of the "early period," Professor Piexito notes that the early Commanders, including Fred Waterford, were brought down in purges, for not following their own rules. The first season seems to be hinting that Fred's headed for a fall.

Aunt Lydia
Aunt Lydia used to be an all girls boarding school principal or teacher. The way she interacts with the Handmaids feels very much like this.
  • She was probably abusing the girls, which is how she got the attention of the Sons of Jacob.

The Handmaid's Tale is a Stealth Prequel to If This Goes On—
The Handmaid's Tale obviously being set many years before the revolt depicted in If This Goes On. It is likely the "Early Gilead" period was the period during which Nehemiah Scudder, the First Prophet, was in power.

Season 2, Episode 5
The Youtube clip shows Nick getting married to someone with their face fully covered...maybe someone we've already seen in the series? First name that pops to mind is Luke's first wife
  • Its more likely to be a teen girl as in the books the "brides" are the children who were taken away from their families.
    • Yeah, you're probably right.
      • Confirmed, his wife is 15 and her name is Eden.

Border conflict
when Gilead invades Canada, Moira's going to join the army and be on the front lines

Alternatively, Gilead's going to call off the invasion in exchange for Canada agreeing to send refugees back over the border...including Moira, Erin and Luke.

Luke's first wife will turn up again.
She'll likely be a Martha, or maybe another Handmaid. (That is, if the writers can resist the cruel irony of making her a Wife.)
  • Personally, I think it'd be a really interesting turn of events if she turned out to be an ally or even friend to June. After all, there's nothing to indicate she would've been okay with what Gilead is doing. Perhaps, under this evil regime, she'll be willing to make peace with June so they can both survive.
    • Both possibly Jossed and Confirmed. Annie appeared in "Other Women" and she seemed quite religious, as she didn't want to divorce Luke for marrying him in a church, and called June a "whore" for it.

Isaac and Eden are the pair seen drowning in a preview.
Eden is obviously frustrated that Nick doesn't seem interested in her, and Isaac gave her attention and validation right off the bat. They'll either get caught and be killed or, more likely, drown themselves since they can't be together.
  • Sadly, confirmed as of, "Postpartum".

Isaac and Eden are executed for adultery via hanging.
Eden is suspicious as to why Nick is always cold to her and ignores her as much as possible, while Isaac is nice to her. She already thinks that Nick might be gay, and she might make more trouble down the line. To keep her from going after him and June, he'll use his status as an Eye to get her off his back by reporting Isaac and Eden in for adultery. And since the punishments seem to be quite arbitrary and full of Disproportionate Retribution, they'll inevitably find them guilty. Only, while Eden is likely infertile, as she hasn't been pregnant yet, they can't use her as a Handmaid, they'll be executed. This will act as a Moral Even Horizon for Nick, especially now that he's a father.
  • Slightly confirmed. Executed by drowning.

The bombing of the new Rachel and Leah Center was a planned coup by Commander Cushing to seize power.
I mean, just as Ofglen 2 is running toward Waterford , detonating the bomb, the camera is panning on Ray Cushing's oddly passive expression toward the ordeal. I'm not saying that he's a part of the Resistance, because Serena Joy explains that Ray Cushing and his wife were a part of the Sons of Jacob pre-Gilead and vacationed together. Cushing wanted Pryce's job for his own sadistic power trip.

Mayday doesn't exist. Emily made it all up
Because she knows she can no longer see her son or wife again, Emily is experiencing a Despair Event Horizon. To cope, she's living out an extensive spy game, where she's an agent for Mayday, an organization that will eventually rescue her and reunite her with Sylvia and her son. However, she became so involved in "Mayday" she thinks that it really exists, which is why she tried to recruit June in the first episode. After her cliterectomy, she remedies the reason she wasn't rescued was because she was arrested, and they can't use her anymore. That's the reason she decided to run over the Guardian: she wanted to help Mayday one last time. Or...

Mayday is part of some elaborate spy game between the Handmaids and June is the only one not involved
Think about it like the theory that Codename Kids Next Door is one big imaginary game. Throughout the first season, it seems a little weird how all the Handmaids know what is going on, how to stop their Commanders, and June is pretty much the only one who isn't. The only explanation for this is simple: it's part of a spy game that somehow became real. It started as a way for the Handmaids to not go crazy, only for the movement to become real, and the other Handmaids either don't trust June or don't like June enough to include her. Some other Handmaids, such as Ofglen 2 or Janine, can't be included because they're so sycophantic, so they'll give them away. Or...

Janine is a member of Mayday
Or she will be. She's just so broken that they either don't use her or she stopped working for them.

The show will reveal that Serena Joy was a pen name
The books mention that Serena's real name is Thelma Waterford (June thinks it's Pam, though) and that "Serena Joy" was the name she used as a televangelist, not unlike Alecia Moore being better known as P!nk to most people. The show will eventually reveal that "Serena Joy" was a pen name for a woman named Thelma, but because of her writing career and activism, became effectively Serena Joy.

Eden's family was part of the Quiverfull movement
For those of you who don't know, the Quiverfull movement promotes zero birth control, reasoning that the end is nigh, and more children are needed to fight in the name of Christ. Think about the Duggar family, where it is highly oppressive, and encourages marriage as early as possible, as its their duty to God. Eden's family lived on a farm, and her mother's lessons basically consisted of saying "marry and make babies." Eden is also 15, but Gilead has only existed for at most, five years at this point, meaning she was ten when Gilead came to be. She could've been homeschooled, which could account for her illieratecy, or only having basic reading skills and nothing more. As for their religion, the Spencers just happened to get lucky.
  • Doubtful. Eden's parents have only two children (unless they couldn't conceive more). Their family's values are likely a result of Gilead indoctrination.

Aunt Lydia sent Janine to the Colonies
Janine acts like a Morality Pet to Aunt Lydia, due to her sycophancy and damaged mental state. Moira previously mentioned that because of her looks and her unruly state, she was given the choice between Jezebel's and the Colonies, and chose the former. I imagine the same went for Emily, and she just chose Colonies. As an Aunt, it is not out of the realm of possibility that she knows of the existence of Jezebel's and what it entails. Janine is also deficient, and wouldn't bode well at Jezebel's, unlike Moira did. So, she decided to grant her mercy the best she could, and quietly sent her to the Colonies where she could die in peace.
  • Confirmed. Janine is shown arriving in the Colonies at the end of, "Unwomen"
Aunt Lydia was in some way responsible for the death of her nephew
When she is asked by June if someone ever made her a godmother she revealed that she was to her sister's son. And then she says he died when he was four days old, then she says that it wasn't her fault. I honestly feel she must feel guilty about his death otherwise why would she even feel the need to say that she wasn't responsible.