The Handmaid's Tale  Season #1 - Episode #1

Synopsis: The Handmaid's Tale is an American dystopian tragedy television series created by Bruce Miller, based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Canadian author Margaret Atwood.
Genre: Sci-Fi
Year:
2017
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EXT. MAINE - COUNTRY ROAD - DAY

A road curves through the Maine countryside.

A CAR appears, driving too fast. It swerves, fishtails, then

SKIDS OFF THE ROAD.

The car bounces across a grassy pasture and stops. The

engine revs. The wheels spin, but the car doesn’t move.

LUKE (27, former hipster) jumps out, looks under the car.

The wheels are buried in the soft ground.

JUNE (28) gets out. Carelessly pretty. On a normal day,

she’s feisty and capable. But today she’s fighting panic.

She leans into the backseat and pulls out HANNAH. The threeyear-

old is scared, crying a bit.

JUNE:

(to Hannah)

Shhh, you’re okay. Did the car go

bump?

(to Luke, urgent)

Can we push it out?

LUKE:

(mind racing, fearful)

I don’t know. I think.

(and then)

We need to put something under the

wheels.

Luke moves around the car, pops the trunk. Rushing.

SIRENS SCREAM IN THE DISTANCE. Coming closer.

Luke and June FREEZE -- pure terror. They’re out of time.

Luke makes a decision.

LUKE (CONT’D)

Go, take her.

There’s an augural certainty in his voice. But June is less

sure.

(CONTINUED)

"Pilot" 11/29/15 2.

CONTINUED:

JUNE:

We need the car.

Luke grabs a BACKPACK, starts tossing in water bottles,

diapers, a small ziploc bag filled with GOLD JEWELRY.

LUKE:

Just keep going north.

Luke points, across the field to the woods.

LUKE (CONT’D)

It’s about two miles to the river.

They said someone would meet us.

(and then)

Go, I’ll catch up.

The sirens grow louder. Engines GROWL nearby.

June hesitates, but just for a moment -- there’s no time for

sentiment.

June pulls Hannah close and RUNS FOR THE WOODS.

She doesn’t look back.

EXT. MAINE WOODS - DAY - CONTINUOUS

Tall boxelders and sugar maples shade an undergrowth of

spindly Balsam Pines.

June runs, carrying Hannah as she weaves between the trees.

She gone a few hundred yards when --

THREE QUICK GUNSHOTS ECHO.

JUNE STOPS SHORT. She turns back and scans the woods for a

long, terrible beat.

Nothing. Just the sounds of the forest. Trees creaking in

the wind.

Then, she sees MOVEMENT.

NOT LUKE.

Men in BLACK UNIFORMS. She can hear their faint SHOUTS.

They carry SNUBBY AUTOMATIC RIFLES.

F***. June RUNS FOR HER LIFE.

She stumbles, almost falls, keeps running. As fast as she

can. She’s gasping from fear and exertion.

(CONTINUED)

"Pilot" 11/29/15 3.

CONTINUED:

But she isn’t going to outrun them, not carrying Hannah. She

looks around for somewhere to hide -- makes a quick decision.

June pulls Hannah to the ground behind a FALLEN TREE. Hannah

CRIES. June covers her mouth.

JUNE:

(almost silent)

Shhh, baby girl. Please.

Her pursuers close in. Six, eight of them. All men.

We can see them clearly now.

These aren’t police, and they aren’t soldiers. There are no

American Flags on these uniforms. Just a symbol on the

shoulder.

Two Angel wings.

These are GUARDIANS OF THE FAITH.

GUARDIAN #1

(pointing)

Go up around there...

GUARDIAN #2

Do you see her?

June holds Hannah tightly as the Guardians move closer. Her

mind races.

Then, suddenly, her most primal instincts take over. June

GETS UP AND RUNS WITH HANNAH IN HER ARMS.

A Guardian immediately spots them.

GUARDIAN #1

There!

June runs HARD, FAST -- fueled by crystalline panic.

A GUARDIAN sprints after her, catches up. HE GRABS HER by

the collar.

June twists VICIOUSLY. She punches the Guardian, a few hard

jabs, and manages to pull free.

June runs, holding Hannah close.

But more Guardians have caught up. They grab for her,

pulling her down to the ground.

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Bruce Miller

Bruce Miller is an American television writer and producer. He is best known for Eureka (2006), The 100 (2014) and The Handmaid's Tale (2017).[1] For his work on The Handmaid's Tale, Miller won the 2017 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama.[2] It was the first show on a streaming platform to win an Emmy for Outstanding Series.[3] more…

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