The Handmaid’s Tale is never easy to watch, but some of the most difficult scenes to watch came when Emily (Alexis Bledel) was sent out to the Colonies to die — and it was harrowing to see.
The Colonies is where Handmaids — and other people who must be punished for their crimes — are sent to dig holes in land that has been poisoned due to chemicals and radioactivity. The prisoners ultimately just drop dead due to the chemicals they’re ingesting.
In this flashback clip from Season 2, viewers got their first look at Emily in the Colonies after being sent away. Watch the video above to see how the whole scene plays out from script to screen.