The Handmaid’s Tale star describes a “tough” character as “nasty.”
Season four of THE HANDMAID’S TALE aired on Hulu recently, and star Joseph Fiennes has subsequently spoken out about his terrifying character Commander Fred Waterford and the trouble he had portraying him.
June (played by Elisabeth Moss) ultimately escaped Gilead and headed to Chicago in season four of hit Hulu drama The Handmaid’s Tale, where she devised a plan to get revenge on her rapist Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes). The ending, on the other hand, stunned fans, and star Ralph Fiennes has opened out about what it’s like to play someone like the Commander on TV.
The Handmaid’s Tale season four finale, The Wilderness, was a brutal climax to the season, but it provided what fans have been waiting for since the beginning.
Former Commander Fred Waterford was finally killed by June, the courageous leader.
Fred was the heinous villain who raped and tormented a slew of women in Gilead, including June, who worked as the Waterfords’ handmaiden for seven years.
“As you can imagine, it’s been a bundle of chuckles to play Fred,” Fiennes quipped in a behind-the-scenes video about his part in the finale.
“It’s been difficult because there are things he does and says that are completely at odds with my soul and being,” the actor explained.
Even in his final hours, executive producer remarked, “Fred is quite arrogant,” and has no remorse for his deeds.
“I find a lot of the sequences with Fred challenging; it all comes back to the truth manipulation that makes him such a horrible character.”
According to creator Bruce Miller, the finale had to end with Fred “getting a taste of his own medicine.”
“He had a horrible, scary experience, and we can see it on his face, which was really significant to me.
Miller stated, “What was crucial was not the death, but the fear of death, because that is the punishment.”
Fiennes recently told Deadline that only Bruce and novelist Margaret Atwood were aware of his impending departure, and that the two had devised a plan for how Fred would die.
“A certain Fred Waterford was hinted to getting his comeuppance by a Salvaging somewhere in the novel, but it didn’t expressly indicate when or by whom,” the actor remarked.
In addition, the star revealed that at the end of each season, “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”