Details About Fred’s Funeral In Season 5 Of The Handmaid’s Tale That You May Have Missed

As we all just witnessed with Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, state funerals are no joke. Everything is controlled — a strict mourning dress code in place, just like with the royal family — and there is a heightened feeling of nationalism, a side-effect of flag-lined streets. Over the past few seasons, Gilead’s flag has not only evolved but it’s become a more prominent aspect of the landscape.

In Season 1, we barely see the Gilead flag; while Cambridge might’ve been the epicenter of June’s Gilead experience, we learn in Season 3 things are much worse elsewhere. When June is taken to Washington D.C., there’s a shift away from religious-heavy symbolism to an extremely authoritarian vibe. According to Sean Schoffield, a member of the graphic design team for «The Handmaid’s Tale,» that was on purpose.

Schoffield explained to Refinery29, in «The Handmaid’s Tale,» there are only two significant sources of bright color: the Handmaid’s robes and Gilead’s flags. Before, when June’s world was limited to a Gilead-ified Cambridge, we barely saw their flag, but it was there: a black eagle carrying an olive branch with a gold sunburst on a white field.

Now, the flag and the uniform shared the same dominating color: red. The black and red is meant to specifically invoke Nazi Germany, Schoffield says. But for Fred’s funeral, the colors got an inversion — red on black with gold, a crowned sword with wings  — as well as black bars around the normal red flag.

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