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Pryce reveals to Nick that Commander Guthrie has been sleeping with his last two Handmaids and is skimming from the transportation budget, according to his aide and his Martha. Due to the suicide of the Waterfords' [[Offred's predecessor|handmaid]], Pryce orders Nick to spy on [[Commander Fred|Mr Waterford]] and report all his future activities. Pryce concludes "We are going to clean up [[Gilead]], son".<ref name=":8">Episode 8, "[[Jezebels]]"</ref>
 
Pryce reveals to Nick that Commander Guthrie has been sleeping with his last two Handmaids and is skimming from the transportation budget, according to his aide and his Martha. Due to the suicide of the Waterfords' [[Offred's predecessor|handmaid]], Pryce orders Nick to spy on [[Commander Fred|Mr Waterford]] and report all his future activities. Pryce concludes "We are going to clean up [[Gilead]], son".<ref name=":8">Episode 8, "[[Jezebels]]"</ref>
   
Pryce is chairing the counsil of local commanders (among them Waterford) who are hearing the case of [[Commander Warren|Commander Putnam]]. Waterford pleads for a meek verdict, reminding Commander Putnam has a family, a wife and a new child. Pryce replies that Mrs. Putnam came to him herself to ask for the harshest punishment possible, as she fears for her husband's immortal soul. Ultimately, Putnam's left hand is amputated.<ref>Episode 10, "[[Night]]"</ref>.
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Pryce is chairing the counsil of local commanders (among them Waterford) who are hearing the case of [[Commander Warren|Commander Putnam]]. Waterford is all for leniency, reminding that no one is free of mistakes and that Warren Putnam has a family, a wife and a new child. Pryce replies that the council should always stand against sin, and that Mrs. Putnam herself has asked that her husband receive the harshest punishment possible, as she fears for his immortal soul and knows that he must make an offering to God to find redemption. Ultimately, Putnam's left hand is amputated.<ref>Episode 10, "[[Night]]"</ref>.
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
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Pryce used to prefer a "respectful" treatment of fertile women. A successful "purge" (orchestrated by him) could mean an improvement for the life conditions of [[Handmaid]]s (who aren't usually treated respectfully).
 
Pryce used to prefer a "respectful" treatment of fertile women. A successful "purge" (orchestrated by him) could mean an improvement for the life conditions of [[Handmaid]]s (who aren't usually treated respectfully).
   
Pryce accepted the detention of fertile women although preferring a "respectful" treatment. The suicide of [[Offred's predecessor]] and Warren Putnam's misbehaviour (which caused [[Janine|Janines]] suicide attempt) may have reconfirmed his initial point of view.
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Pryce accepted the detention of fertile women although preferring a "respectful" treatment. The suicide of [[Offred's predecessor]] and Warren Putnam's misbehaviour (which caused [[Janine]]s suicide attempt) may have reconfirmed his initial point of view.
   
   

Revision as of 19:37, November 11, 2017

Commander Andrew Pryce is a minor character in the TV series. He is a Commander of The Eyes and an early member of the Sons of Jacob. He is the line manager of Nick.

Before Gilead

Pryce works as a career counsellor. Nick is one of his unemployed customers who gets in a fight with another customer. After Nick is thrown out, Pryce invites him out for coffee. After Nick tells him about his brother and the hard times they've had, Pryce tells him about a religious group he is part of called the Sons of Jacob that wants to "clean up" the country.[1]


After the coup d'etat

Nick is driving Commander Pryce, Commander Waterford and Commander Guthrie. The three men discuss solutions for the declining fertility rates.

Pryce initially states they must treat "these girls (i.e. the remaining fertile women) respectfully, in a Godly fashion, despite the moral stain from their lives before". Guthrie and Waterford reject this as unaffordable "window dressing" and ineffective. They eventually decide that all remaining fertile women should be collected to be "impregnated" by men of superior status during The Ceremony. [1]

In the present

Pryce reveals to Nick that Commander Guthrie has been sleeping with his last two Handmaids and is skimming from the transportation budget, according to his aide and his Martha. Due to the suicide of the Waterfords' handmaid, Pryce orders Nick to spy on Mr Waterford and report all his future activities. Pryce concludes "We are going to clean up Gilead, son".[1]

Pryce is chairing the counsil of local commanders (among them Waterford) who are hearing the case of Commander Putnam. Waterford is all for leniency, reminding that no one is free of mistakes and that Warren Putnam has a family, a wife and a new child. Pryce replies that the council should always stand against sin, and that Mrs. Putnam herself has asked that her husband receive the harshest punishment possible, as she fears for his immortal soul and knows that he must make an offering to God to find redemption. Ultimately, Putnam's left hand is amputated.[2].

Trivia

Pryce calls Nick "son".

Before Gilead, Pryce wanted to clean up "the country" (i.e. the USA). In the present, he wants to clean up Gilead, the result of this first "cleanup".

After the coup d'etat, Pryce concedes to Waterford and Guthrie. In the present, he spies on them.

Notes

Pryce is planning a purge. In the novel, several characters who were alive during the timeframe of The Handmaid's Tale are described as "dying during purges" which occurred in the Middle Gilead Period [3].

Pryce used to prefer a "respectful" treatment of fertile women. A successful "purge" (orchestrated by him) could mean an improvement for the life conditions of Handmaids (who aren't usually treated respectfully).

Pryce accepted the detention of fertile women although preferring a "respectful" treatment. The suicide of Offred's predecessor and Warren Putnam's misbehaviour (which caused Janines suicide attempt) may have reconfirmed his initial point of view.




References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Episode 8, "Jezebels"
  2. Episode 10, "Night"
  3. History of Gilead
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