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     "We let them forget their real purpose. We won't let that happen again."
        - Warren about women's roles in the society [1]

Commander Warren Putnam is a supporting character of the TV Series, as well as a minor character in the novel. He is a Commander in Gilead and the husband of Naomi Putnam, to whom Janine Lindo, was assigned to as Ofwarren.

In the novel[]

Commander Warren is presumably an older man who supported Gilead's rise to power. For his loyalty, he became a Commander and he and his barren wife were assigned Janine as Handmaid Ofwarren. It is implied that Warren himself is infertile, and that his Wife and Ofwarren colluded to have Ofwarren sleep with her doctor to conceive and pass the child off as Warren's. It is unknown if Warren was in on this plan or suspected it. Ofwarren successfully conceived and gave birth to a daughter, Angela; unfortunately, the baby was born with defects and only lived for a few weeks[2].

In the TV series[]

Commander Warren's full name is Warren Putnam. In the series, he has a slightly larger role.

After the takeover[]

To Commander Fred Waterford's dismay, Serena Joy is not allowed to give an (eagerly anticipated) speech in a government building, now controlled by the Sons of Jacob. Warren blames the current society for Serena's frustration, explaining they gave women "more than they could handle" and "let them forget their real purpose".[1]

Present, season one[]

Janine (Ofwarren) gives birth to a daughter, Angela, which she for herself names Charlotte[3]. She reveals to June that she is having a secret affair with Commander Warren, who claims that he loves her and intends to run away with her and their daughter.[4]

After Angela's weaning, Warren oversees a ceremony in which Janine formally relinquishes the child to him and his wife; Janine is subsequently reassigned to Commander Daniel Monroe, leaving her distraught and increasingly unstable. After her first Ceremony with the Monroes, Janine finds her way back to the Putnams, takes Angela and stands on the edge of a bridge with the baby, threatening to jump. When the Putnams, Waterfords, June, and Aunt Lydia show up, Janine loudly accuses Warren of lying to her and having promised to leave his wife for her. June is able to convince Janine to give her the child but Janine jumps, attempting suicide. She is pulled out by the guards.[5] Janine survives and recovers.

Warren is later seen being led into a black van by guards due to the accusations made by Janine. [5]

Naomi Putnam asks Commander Pryce that her husband receive the harshest punishment possible, as she fears for his immortal soul. Ultimately, Warren's left hand is amputated.[6]

Present, season two[]

Commander Waterford inspects the almost finished construction site of the new Red Center, along with Aunt Lydia and the Commanders Pryce, Putnam, and Cushing. Aunt Lydia is pleased about the increasing number of "girls" they "can process here". Waterford assures a suspicious Pryce that the "finishing touches" on the site will be done within two days[7].

After the bombing, Fred is lying half-conscious in his hospital bed. Commander Putnam enters the room with a visibly injured Commander Cushing and announces Commander Pryce "has gone home to God" and Cushing will be taking on Pryce's "security duties". Cushing promises he will find everyone responsible for the gruesome attack[8].

Nick exchanges glances with the guards in front of the Waterfords' house and heads to the front door. As Cushing comes up to the house, a van of the Eyes stops by and guardians surround him. Commander Putnam explains he's being arrested for apostasy and treason on the word of Commander Waterford, due to the "overwhelming" evidence submitted by the Eyes[8].

Angela isn't doing well and the doctor doesn't know what's wrong with her. In the hospital, Serena asks Naomi if Janine, who is brought by Aunt Lydia, could see the baby. Her husband is okay with it but Naomi isn't. Offred takes Janine to see the baby in the ICU. Dr. Hodgson arrives in her Martha dress, changes clothes and is briefed by Dr. Epstein. She runs some tests on the baby. The doctors give Angela's parents bad news. Serena goes after the doctor but the doctor says is that all they can do is pray for the baby's recovery. Janine is able to hold the baby in order to say goodbye. Aunt Lydia wakes up in the ICU and finds Janine in her underclothes holding a very much alive baby[9].

Season 4[]


Commander Putnam rejects Commander Lawrence's initial proposal for a ceasefire that would allow NGOs to provide aid on the border, and thus bolster the reputation of Gilead in order to lessen sanctions. However, he later accepts after Lawrence gathers blackmail on the other Commanders via Lydia in order to restore her position instructing the Handmaids.[10]


Commander Putnam visits Canada on a low Level visit to see Fred Waterford at the Toronto Detention Centre and bringing in Cigars to have a friendly chat.


  • The Handmaid's Tale (Novel)

Season One[]

Season Two[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Episode 6, "A Woman's Place"
  2. XII Jezebels, Section 33
  3. Episode 2, "Birth Day"
  4. Episode 3, "Late"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Episode 9, "The Bridge"
  6. Episode 10, "Night"
  7. Episode 2.6, "First Blood"
  8. 8.0 8.1 Episode 2.7, "After"
  9. Episode 2.8, "Women's Work"
  10. Episode 4.5, "Chicago"