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High Commander George Winslow is a minor recurring character in season 3 of The Handmaid's Tale. He is killed by June Osbone as she stabbed him multiple times with a pen and finished him off with a bash to the head with a statue.



Appears as a clean shaven.



Season Three[]

Household []

Fred and Serena tell June they are guests of High Commander George Winslow. June walks with Rita, who tells her that the baby is the only thing that Serena wanted.

June and the Waterfords travel to High Commander Winslow's house. Serena thinks they should have stayed in a hotel but Fred reassures them that he is humble and "down to Earth." June and the Waterfords wait in the living room with two birds in a cage. Winslow greets the Waterfords, and then he and Fred talk about the preparations for their ceremony.

George's surrogate daughter, Polly, greets her father and the guests. She is joined by Winslow’s other children, who hug their father. The High Commander's wife Olivia greets the guests and introduces their children to the Waterfords. Serena holds the Winslows' baby in her arms.

High Commander Winslow chats with Commander Waterford while playing snooker. Regarding the Swiss mediation as a triumph, Commander Winslow and Fred drink a toast to the latter. As they continue their game, while Fred leans over the table, Winslow unexpectedly places a hand on Fred’s shoulder, suggesting briefly that he may be gay and a gender traitor. Winslow’s daughter Polly then breaks the tension by inviting over her father and Fred for a tea party.

Under His Eye[]

Winslow tells Commander Waterford that Canada is considering a general extradition treaty with Gilead. Waterford thanks High Commander Winslow for his expertise. Winslow says that once Nichole has been returned, they will be able to secure the return of more people. Winslow tells Waterford to keep Nichole in Canada for a bit longer and that they are reaching his vision.


Commander Waterford convinces Winslow that Gilead needs to “set an example” with June’s commander, who’s had four handmaids and no children, which might indicate a lack of discipline, and being "unfit to lead his household" would prove him "unfit to lead Gilead." They decide to attend the Ceremony at the Lawrence house that evening.

Beth beckons a surprised June to the sitting room where Winslow and the Waterfords have gathered. June recalls they used to send "bearing witnesses" in the first months of Gilead when some households resisted the Ceremony. After some Bible verses, Joseph, Eleanor and June go upstairs to the bedroom. Afterwards, Joseph goes down to his study without a word to their guests. The doctor checks June out, and Aunt Lydia announces that it’s been “a successful ceremony.”


Winslow runs into June at Jezebel's. He takes her to a posh suite to talk, asking if Commander Lawrence brought her here. She replies she's there for fun, with the purpose of telling him everything that happens. Winslow opens the doors to the bedroom and asks her to get on the bed and strip her underwear off and lie on the bed face down. When he tries to force himself on her, she fights back and an altercation starts between the two of them, ending in June stabbing him multiple times with a pen and knocking him out with a statue despite his pleas to her that he has kids. His body is later cremated by several Marthas.



Season Three[]