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    The remaining three episodes are not technically eligible for the 2018 Emmys, although they will certainly influence voting for the winners.  They will have no effect on nominations because voting will be over by the time that they come out, hence they are only eligible for the 2019 Emmys, although it remains to be seen if they are submitted at all.  It is an odd situation.

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    Recommended by Elisabeth Moss’s former director Jane Campion for the series, Australian director Daina Reid makes her American debut with the next two episodes.  Canada does not appear.  Neither episode moves quickly; “The Last Ceremony” seems to have been the climax of the season. Yvonne Strahovski continues to get her moments.

    The next episode “Holly” is mostly devoid of dialogue, with two exceptions.  One is a scene between Fred and Serena in which they just lay out all of their motivations.  The other is in June’s flashbacks, ending a three-week run of flashback-free episodes.  These feature plenty of Luke and Moira, as well as cameos by Aunt Lydia and Janine.  Cherry Jones is back too, doing about as much as she did last time.  But most of the episode is just June alone and in relatively real time, so Reid gets to make a directorial mark.  “Holly” is a potential tape for Moss next year.  It is low-key heart-wrenching.

    The episode “Postpartum” after that is misery porn and a bit distasteful.  If “The Last Ceremony” was too much for you, it is time to start dreading “Postpartum”.  Emily finally meets her new commander played by Bradley Whitford and surprise, he is a dick!  The Eden arc continues to materialize.  Aunt Lydia continues to be portrayed relatively sympathetically.  Maybe Ann Dowd will get some material worthy of her talent next season.  It is not really an Emmy clip, but I have never been more intrigued by Joseph Fiennes’s performance than in a scene in the middle of the episode.  This is another episode without flashbacks. Being The Handmaid’s Tale, there is also another soft plot reset.

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    Can’t belive Handmaid’s was snubbed in Music Supervision for the first season.

    Sure, it has some good songs, but to me they don’t always match the atmosphere. There are shows with way better music supervision.

    I not sure about this, but I just know “Heart Glass” on that protest scene was really impactful for me.

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    The episode “Postpartum” after that is misery porn and a bit distasteful.  If “The Last Ceremony” was too much for you, it is time to start dreading “Postpartum”.

    Riley, you did a great job at frightening me.

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    It will not be so bad now.  Or maybe it will because [spoiler].

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    Can’t belive Handmaid’s was snubbed in Music Supervision for the first season.

    Sure, it has some good songs, but to me they don’t always match the atmosphere. There are shows with way better music supervision.

    I not sure about this, but I just know “Heart Glass” on that protest scene was really impactful for me.

    For me, “American Girl” in that final scene of Season 1 was utter perfection in song selection.

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    Music Supervision was absolutely BLL’s to lose last year. Nothing was better than that IMO. But season 1 of THT had some amazing songs!! I watched an interview with the supervisor who described why the song choices may come across as weird, because they are supposed to reflect the inner state of the characters.

    Luca G.

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    Recommended by Elisabeth Moss’s former director Jane Campion for the series, Australian director Daina Reid makes her American debut with the next two episodes. Canada does not appear. Neither episode moves quickly; “The Last Ceremony” seems to have been the climax of the season. Yvonne Strahovski continues to get her moments.

    The next episode “Holly” is mostly devoid of dialogue, with two exceptions. One is a scene between Fred and Serena in which they just lay out all of their motivations. The other is in June’s flashbacks, ending a three-week run of flashback-free episodes. These feature plenty of Luke and Moira, as well as cameos by Aunt Lydia and Janine. Cherry Jones is back too, doing about as much as she did last time. But most of the episode is just June alone and in relatively real time, so Reid gets to make a directorial mark. “Holly” is a potential tape for Moss next year. It is low-key heart-wrenching.

    The episode “Postpartum” after that is misery porn and a bit distasteful. If “The Last Ceremony” was too much for you, it is time to start dreading “Postpartum”. Emily finally meets her new commander played by Bradley Whitford and surprise, he is a dick! The Eden arc continues to materialize. Aunt Lydia continues to be portrayed relatively sympathetically. Maybe Ann Dowd will get some material worthy of her talent next season. It is not really an Emmy clip, but I have never been more intrigued by Joseph Fiennes’s performance than in a scene in the middle of the episode. This is another episode without flashbacks. Being The Handmaid’s Tale, there is also another soft plot reset.

    I like you make this comment because I was watching some season 2 episodes today and remembered some people saying Ann Dowd deserves to win again but she didn’t very special until now. I know it’s funny, but one thing that helps her always amaze me is her voice, it’s very powerful and literally screams Emmy to me.

    I will only root for Dowd when she do an amazing, subtle and powerful performance like she did on The Leftovers season 2.

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    Recommended by Elisabeth Moss’s former director Jane Campion for the series, Australian director Daina Reid makes her American debut with the next two episodes. Canada does not appear. Neither episode moves quickly; “The Last Ceremony” seems to have been the climax of the season. Yvonne Strahovski continues to get her moments.

    The next episode “Holly” is mostly devoid of dialogue, with two exceptions. One is a scene between Fred and Serena in which they just lay out all of their motivations. The other is in June’s flashbacks, ending a three-week run of flashback-free episodes. These feature plenty of Luke and Moira, as well as cameos by Aunt Lydia and Janine. Cherry Jones is back too, doing about as much as she did last time. But most of the episode is just June alone and in relatively real time, so Reid gets to make a directorial mark. “Holly” is a potential tape for Moss next year. It is low-key heart-wrenching.

    The episode “Postpartum” after that is misery porn and a bit distasteful. If “The Last Ceremony” was too much for you, it is time to start dreading “Postpartum”. Emily finally meets her new commander played by Bradley Whitford and surprise, he is a dick! The Eden arc continues to materialize. Aunt Lydia continues to be portrayed relatively sympathetically. Maybe Ann Dowd will get some material worthy of her talent next season. It is not really an Emmy clip, but I have never been more intrigued by Joseph Fiennes’s performance than in a scene in the middle of the episode. This is another episode without flashbacks. Being The Handmaid’s Tale, there is also another soft plot reset.

    I like you make this comment because I was watching some season 2 episodes today and remembered some people saying Ann Dowd deserves to win again but she didn’t very special until now. I know it’s funny, but one thing that helps her always amaze me is her voice, it’s very powerful and literally screams Emmy to me.

    I will only root for Dowd when she do an amazing, subtle and house-breaking performance like she did on The Leftovers season 2.

    I thought she was amazing, subtle, and “house-breaking” in The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 episodes “June” and “Other Women.” She was also flawlessly venomous in her winning episode submission last year “Offred.” Last season in general she owned every scene she was in. Aunt Lydia is a great TV villain in my opinion, every bit as fascinating in her caring about the women to her paradoxical loyalty to the totalitarian Gilead patriarchy. Mesmerizing!

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    Recommended by Elisabeth Moss’s former director Jane Campion for the series, Australian director Daina Reid makes her American debut with the next two episodes. Canada does not appear. Neither episode moves quickly; “The Last Ceremony” seems to have been the climax of the season. Yvonne Strahovski continues to get her moments.

    The next episode “Holly” is mostly devoid of dialogue, with two exceptions. One is a scene between Fred and Serena in which they just lay out all of their motivations. The other is in June’s flashbacks, ending a three-week run of flashback-free episodes. These feature plenty of Luke and Moira, as well as cameos by Aunt Lydia and Janine. Cherry Jones is back too, doing about as much as she did last time. But most of the episode is just June alone and in relatively real time, so Reid gets to make a directorial mark. “Holly” is a potential tape for Moss next year. It is low-key heart-wrenching.

    The episode “Postpartum” after that is misery porn and a bit distasteful. If “The Last Ceremony” was too much for you, it is time to start dreading “Postpartum”. Emily finally meets her new commander played by Bradley Whitford and surprise, he is a dick! The Eden arc continues to materialize. Aunt Lydia continues to be portrayed relatively sympathetically. Maybe Ann Dowd will get some material worthy of her talent next season. It is not really an Emmy clip, but I have never been more intrigued by Joseph Fiennes’s performance than in a scene in the middle of the episode. This is another episode without flashbacks. Being The Handmaid’s Tale, there is also another soft plot reset.

    I like you make this comment because I was watching some season 2 episodes today and remembered some people saying Ann Dowd deserves to win again but she didn’t very special until now. I know it’s funny, but one thing that helps her always amaze me is her voice, it’s very powerful and literally screams Emmy to me.

    I will only root for Dowd when she do an amazing, subtle and house-breaking performance like she did on The Leftovers season 2.

    I thought she was amazing, subtle, and “house-breaking” in The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 episodes “June” and “Other Women.” She was also flawlessly venomous in her winning episode submission last year “Offred.” Last season in general she owned every scene she was in. Aunt Lydia is a great TV villain in my opinion, every bit as fascinating in her caring about the women to her paradoxical loyalty to the totalitarian Gilead patriarchy. Mesmerizing!

    hahaha I am always fighting against my bad english. But in my defense I am very tired right now.

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    Ann Dowd deserves the Emmy alone for the accent that she puts on for this character. The way she speaks is so fascinating, yoy actually have to listen to every word because she stresses certain words, which gives more meaning to those. Her performance in “June” should absolutely earn her an Emmy. If she could win for the pilot  (where she was in like 15/50 minutes), then she can win for this. Absolutely. The first 30 minutes are all about her and June.

    Alexis Bledel is amazing because she has a very expressive face and because she is an amazing subtle performer. She carries “Unwomen”, one of the best episodes of the show IMO. She is also portraying the LGBTQ+ community, which shouldn’t be underestimated. And she does a phenomenal job.

    Madeline Brewer is underrated, very. In an interview she talked about how she approaches Janine. She said that Janine has to make everything more positive in her mind to be able to stay sane in some way. I think she was phenomenal and Emmy-worthy in 2×08 this season. She should have been nominated in supporting last year for 1×09.

    And Yvonne Strahovsky… there is not much that I can say. She’s brilliant. Her range is incredible and she was fucking snubbed last year for 1×06 or 1×10. They better give her that nomination this year, or I will riot!!!

    All 4 deserve to be nominated IMO. Adding Lena Headey and Thandie Newton, and I would be happy. Then Lena would actually win as well.

    Luca G.

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    Watching the Handmaids Tale and the TV show Chuck back to back. The literal worst idea ever.

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    So 6 female-directed eps this season. 8 last season. (64% so far)
    Game of Thrones 0 & 0. (0%)
    Stranger Things 1 & 0. (6%)
    The Crown 2 & 0. (10%)
    Westworld 3 & 1. (20%)
    Americans 1 & 4. (22%)
    This is Us 5 & 4 (25%)

    Killing Eve had 0.

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    Ann Dowd deserves the Emmy alone for the accent that she puts on for this character. The way she speaks is so fascinating, yoy actually have to listen to every word because she stresses certain words, which gives more meaning to those. Her performance in “June” should absolutely earn her an Emmy. If she could win for the pilot (where she was in like 15/50 minutes), then she can win for this. Absolutely. The first 30 minutes are all about her and June.

    Alexis Bledel is amazing because she has a very expressive face and because she is an amazing subtle performer. She carries “Unwomen”, one of the best episodes of the show IMO. She is also portraying the LGBTQ+ community, which shouldn’t be underestimated. And she does a phenomenal job.

    Madeline Brewer is underrated, very. In an interview she talked about how she approaches Janine. She said that Janine has to make everything more positive in her mind to be able to stay sane in some way. I think she was phenomenal and Emmy-worthy in 2×08 this season. She should have been nominated in supporting last year for 1×09.

    And Yvonne Strahovsky… there is not much that I can say. She’s brilliant. Her range is incredible and she was fucking snubbed last year for 1×06 or 1×10. They better give her that nomination this year, or I will riot!!!

    All 4 deserve to be nominated IMO. Adding Lena Headey and Thandie Newton, and I would be happy. Then Lena would actually win as well.

    All six (except maybe Bledel IMO) would be deserving WINNERS and it sucks because at least two of them aren’t even gonna get nominated

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    I would love for this to be one of those series, a la THE WEST WING, that is constantly rotating winners. It’s such a full and fearsome ensemble that, quite frankly, most of them should have an award on their mantle by the time it’s all over.

    I should start by saying that I have not seen “The Last Ceremony” yet (in the thick of tech week), so I’m very diligently avoiding spoilers. But even then, the Lead Actress Emmy is Elisabeth Moss’s to lose. She continues to dress June with so many complicated layers, and it’s really just a damn good performance week after week.

    I love that Ann Dowd won Supporting Actress last year. Well deserved. But this year, she should not repeat. The trophy is unabashedly Yvonne Strahovsky’s. Serena Joy has been on a rollercoaster this season, and the ways that she has navigated us through a character who we by turn loathe and then empathize with is remarkable. She’s a woman trapped by circumstance… but it’s circumstance that she helped build from the ground up… but she had good intentions… but that doesn’t matter if you’re means to that end are monstrous… it’s really astounding. If voters don’t watch the show, they’ll give it to Dowd again just ’cause. But if they genuinely view this season on its own, Strahovsky has it in the bag. My biggest concern? They won’t even nominate her. I hope I’m wrong.

    As for Guest Actress, they have a few options, all great. Marisa Tomei showing up for an episode is pretty terrific, and it played out really satisfyingly. But let’s be honest: Samira Wiley stepping back from Supporting to Guest feels like an opportunity to reward her. Not only that, but we all know what episode she would submit, and it’s one with a full, tragic (if, in my opinion, laid on a little thick) arc that lets her show off her range.

    I don’t know that it’ll be named Best Drama Series again while up against GAME OF THRONES again, but it deserves to lock down all three Actress categories again, no question. Win, lose, it’s still my favorite show currently on television.

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